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April 2020

No nSense: An antidote to individualism

Public Share

"In February 1908, on the West Coast of the South Island in Aotearoa New Zealand, Blackball miners went on strike for a thirty-minute lunch break rather than the fifteen minutes allowed under their award. A union leader, Pat Hickey, had refused to stop eating his pie when the manager told him his fifteen-minute lunch break was up. Workers were fired, leading to the strike, which caught the public imagination when the presiding judge took a ninety-minute lunch adjournment before fining the miners.

Over one hundred years later, the Public Share collective brings focus to the ten-minute tea break—a hard-won right, secured through organised labour."

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