Three officials felt that the NZCTU should play a stronger role in developing and implementing coordinated bargaining and organising strategies for different sectors of the economy.
Unions tended to avoid fighting with each other, because to do so would violate NZCTU protocols, waste resources, and frighten potential members away.
Likewise, the NZCTU provides various councils, forums, workshops, and working groups to facilitate dialogue between unions, especially when they occupy the same sector.
16-35; Patricia Sarr, Out of the Chorus Line: The Progress of Women in New Zealand Unions, New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (NZCTU), Wellington, 1992; and Shifting Sands: Women in New Zealand Unions 1993, NZCTU, Wellington, 1993.
(77.) New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, Organizing Women Workers: Mobilizing Women Workers: Mobilizing Women Workers Using the Organizing Model, NZCTU, Wellington, 1995.
The northern clerical union lost 45% of its membership and joined the Service Workers Union, while the clerical union with coverage from Taupo to Dunedin disbanded, under the auspices of the NZCTU. The male-dominated Amalgamated Workers Union, covering similarly scattered, casualised employment, suffered similar losses.
In February 1993, a survey of NZCTU affiliates confirmed the major de-unionisation of women in the private sector,(44) particularly those in clerical, service and retail jobs.(45) Clerical, service and retail work are three of the four occupations, along with white collar technician, which Dorothy Cobble nominated as
Statistics NZ, "'Hot Off the Press': Quarterly Employment Survey," February 1993, February and May 1993, June 1993; Patricia Sarr, Shifting Sands: Women in NZ Unions, Wellington: NZCTU, May 1993.
The same year the new NZCTU's constitutional and policy conference voted narrowly that Maori and women's structures should not be simply advisory but have full voting rights.
In 1991 the NZCTU elected its first woman secretary, Angela Foulkes, and in 2007 its first woman president, Helen Kelly.
By the end of the decade the NZCTU advocated a broader agenda focusing on jobs, equality and stability.
Harford, A Trans-Tasman Community: Organisational Links between the ACTU and NZFOL/ NZCTU
, 1970-1990, unpublished MA thesis, University of Canterbury, 2006, p.