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Canterbury Unemployed Workers’ Movement



Two separate unemployed workers’ organisations in the early 1930s, the Canterbury Unemployed Workers’ Association, and the Unemployed Workers’ Movement, merged in July 1935 shortly after the formation of the National Union of Unemployed. Prior to 1935, the Christchurch Unemployed Workers’ Movement and the Canterbury Unemployed Workers’ Association were local affiliates and co-operated fairly closely through such structures of the Canterbury (then North Canterbury, Provincial Council of the National Unemployed Workers’ Movement), and organisations set up to promote particular strikes or demonstrations such as the United Front (February 1934), and the Council of Action (August – September 1934).

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Canterbury Unemployed Workers' Movement records

Identifier: Arch 0008
Scope and Contents

Records of the Canterbury Unemployed Workers' Movement including the constitution and rules of the movement; minutes; correspondence; registers; accounts and publications.

Much of the correspondence deals with relief work, especially relating to work camps. Also included is a folder of papers of the Communist Party of New Zealand, 1932-1970.

Dates: 1931-1944