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Attempts at General Union


G Cole

ISBN 9781138564442
Published November 21, 2018 by Routledge
228 Pages

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Book Description

This volume traces the attempts made after the Napoleonic Wars to link up all the numerous local and sectional Trade Societies into a single comprehensive ‘General Trades Union’ – attempts which culminated in the short-lived Grand National Consolidated Trades Union formed under Robert Owen’s influence in 1833. Based on materials not previously used by historians, this book throws new light on the development of Trade Unionism, particularly in the North of England, during these critical years.

Table of Contents

Preface  1. Introduction  2. The Beginnings – The Philanthropic Society and the Philanthropic Hercules  3. The Spinners’ Union and the Union of Trades  4. The National Association for the Protection of Labour  5. The Movement in Yorkshire – Factory Slavery  6. The Yorkshire Trades’ Union  7. Secrecy and ‘Unlawful Oaths’  8. The Short Time Movement and the Factory Act of 1833  9. The Struggle in Yorkshire, 1833  10. The Grand Moral Union of the Productive Classes  11. The End of the National Association for the Protection of Labour  12. The Builders’ Union  13. The Society for National Regeneration  14. The Derby Turn-Out  15. The Grand National Consolidated Trades Union  16. The Tolpuddle Martyrs and the Abolition of the Oath  17. The Struggle in the North  18. The Fall of the Grand National Trades Union – The Aftermath.  Appendices.

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