A dramatic upsurge in working class struggle, surpassing in
magnitude the rise of the Red Feds from 1908 to 1913 and the
1951 Waterfront Front Lockout, took place in New Zealand from
the Arbitration Court's nil general wage order in June 1968 to the
union movement's defeat of the Muldoon Government's attempted
wage freeze in 1976. This article describes and analyses these
struggles and their impact on progressive social movements,
particularly the anti-war, women's liberation and Maori protest
The article was published in the Australian journal - Marxist Interventions (Issue No.3), 2011, pp.7-30.
It can be accessed at: http://www.anu.edu.au/polsci/mi/3/3.htm
Key words: Class struggle in New Zealand; New Left; 1968; women's liberation movement; Maori protest movement; anti-war movement; Muldoon; Marxism; 1970s; New Zealand, 1968-1979.