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The Union Makes Us Strong websiteAn invaluable new online resource, 'The Union Makes us Strong' tells the story of the labour movement over the last 200 years and includes replicas of original source documents. www.unionhistory.info/

The history of the Trades Union Congress. These three chapters were commissioned for the TUC's centenary in 1968:

  • 1868-1899: section explains the events which led to the establishment of the Trades Union Congress, working hours and conditions of the time and the victory of the 1899 dockers' strike.
  • 1900-1928: section includes the implications of the Taff Vale decision and the The Osborne Judgement, foundations of a welfare state, outbreak of the First World War, rise of the shop steward, impact of the Russian revolution and the 1926 general strike.
  • 1928-1938: section covers the first Labour government, the Mond-Turner talks, the growth of unions, and the Spanish civil war.

The TUC archives are held at the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick Library. The archive contains files from c1920 - 1990 comprising of correspondence, internal and external documents, minutes, reports, printed material and press statements.


Lord Murray of Epping Forest, the former TUC General Secretary has died at the age of 82. He led the TUC through the turbulent years from 1973 to 1984.
21 May 2004
The Modern Records Centre, located on the campus of the University of Warwick, provides access to a wide variety of unique material, which is made available in its supervised searchroom. The TUC Archive was first deposited in the late 1980s.
20 May 2004
A reception is being held at Congress House to mark the completion of a project which has seen much of the TUC's archive of labour history go online.
02 February 2004
TUC Library Collections is launching the second major phase of its unionhistory.info website today (Monday) – the full original manuscript of the novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell.
16 June 2003
A new website The Union Makes Us Strong: TUC History Online, will provide a showcase for the historic and unique archive held in the TUC Library Collections
06 March 2003
The University of North London has been awarded a £175,000 grant from the New Opportunities Fund to create an online library of resources, which illustrate the history of working people and the Trade Union movement.
03 July 2001
This is the third part of a history produced for the TUC's centenary in 1968. This section looks at the TUC between the end of the general strike and the start of the second world war.
25 May 2001
The second phase in the development of the TUC from the House of Lords Taff Vale decision to the General Strike.
26 April 2001
The second phase in the development of the TUC from the House of Lords Taff Vale decision to the General Strike.
26 April 2001
This is the first part of a history of the TUC commissioned for our centenary year in 1968.
12 March 2001

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