Union march during 1951 waterfront dispute

On 2 May 1951 baton-wielding police confronted marching waterside workers, seamen, freezing workers and other supporters at the intersection of Cuba and Dixon streets in Wellington. More than 1000 unionists had set off from the Wellington Trades Hall intending to march on Parliament, only to find their way blocked by 100 police. After scuffles broke out between constables and the leading ranks of marchers, waterside leaders Toby Hill and Tommy Wells persuaded the unionists to disperse to avoid further violence.

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