Work Conditions in New Zealand
Most of the reforms that caused New Zealand to be a welfare state were introduced in the 1930s and then in the 1970s under the rule of the Labor Party. The Labor Party managed to gain the ultimate support of the labor unions in New Zealand. Over time, New Zealand’s economy shifted towards being more service-oriented. Around this time, traditional unions, which were supported by semi-skilled and unskilled workers, started to lose their power. Learn more about the working conditions in New Zealand.