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By Henry Pelling

ISBN-10: 1349095508

ISBN-13: 9781349095506

ISBN-10: 1349095524

ISBN-13: 9781349095520

The writer leads the reader via a narrative of fight and improvement overlaying greater than 4 centuries: from the medieval guilds and early craftsmen's and labourers' institutions to the dramatic progress of exchange unionism in Britain within the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He indicates how robust personalities equivalent to Robert Applegarth, Henry Broadhurst, Tom Mann, Ernest Bevin and Walter Citrine have helped to form the trend of present-day unionism, and for this version he has additional a bankruptcy "On the protecting: the 1980s". the writer additionally wrote "The Origins of the Labour Party".

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But the formation of the London Trades Council in 186o seemed to put matters on a different footing. Although London was only part of the whole country, it contained a large proportion of existing unionism, and was also the headquarters of a number of the national unions. The full-time secretaries of the latter formed a group which dominated the London Trades Council in its early days, and could claim in some sense at least to be representative of national union opinion.

Probably the Friendly Society Acts, with their emphasis on committees, general meetings and printed rules, set a pattern for the cH. m High Hopes and Small Beginnings, 1825-60 27 trade clubs as well. A clerk or secretary and a treasurer, together with a small committee, would be elected by a general meeting, and the committee would elect its president or chairman. If the club belonged to a larger combination, it would send a delegate to join the committee of the body to which it belonged. It was still very unusual, however, for any local club to yield up any considerable proportion of its funds to an outside organisation .

Under the lead of a Newcastle publican who had worked in the pits, Martin Jude, and with the aid of a Bath solicitor, W. P. Roberts, who became famous as 'the Pittnen's Attorney-General', the Miners Association fought hard for better wages and conditions for its members. It eschewed any high-flown ambitions and would have nothing to do with the Chartist movement. Its object was to raise the living standards of its members by raising the price of coal, which it sought to do by a national restriction of output.

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