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A History of British Trade Unionism by Henry Pelling

By Henry Pelling

The writer leads the reader via a narrative of fight and improvement protecting greater than 4 centuries: from the medieval guilds and early craftsmen's and labourers' institutions to the dramatic progress of alternate unionism in Britain within the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He exhibits how strong personalities comparable 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 variation he has further a bankruptcy "On the protective: the 1980s". the writer additionally wrote "The Origins of the Labour Party".

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This was to consist of local unions of trade clubs, affiliated to a Council meeting monthly in Manchester, and with a general Committee of delegates meeting every six months. Regular contributions were to be paid to the central funds, which were to be used only for strik-es against cuts in wages. L. quickly spread as far afield as Huddersfield, Birmingham and Newton in Montgomeryshire; and its influence was responsible for the formation of a union among the Staffordshire potters. , the Lancashire spinners, was again put to the test.

The movement for the reform of the franchise had set them thinking about their own rights and prospects, and those of their number who had come across the Ricardian theory of value had developed the idea that the only important element in industrial production was the work of the artisan or labourer. It followed from this that capitalists and shopkeepers were industrial parasites, and that the way to eliminate their role was to The Emergence of Trade Unionism PT. I establish a new system of co-operative production.

The master spinners of the Ashton-under-Lyne area imposed a reduction of wages on their employees, who at once came out on strike. Naturally the Manchester unionists Plate THE TRAMPING ARTISAN, 1820 A feltmaker on tramp presents his card to a local club and receives his allowance of ale and money A LABOUR NoTE, 1833 Currency issued by the National Equitable Labour Exchange 2 cH. m High Hopes and Small Beginnings, 1825-60 29 tried to secure the collaboration of their fellow-workers elsewhere, by a universal strike of all those spinners who were receiving wages below a certain figure: but the Scottish and Irish spinners would not comply, and even in England the response was only partial.

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