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.


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Including a guide to the Trades Union Congress, this pamphlet explains how unions work in modern Britain: the job they do for their members, the way they help boost business and how they help to make Britain a better place to live and work.

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This first modern history of the TUC by the Financial Times’ Employment Editor highlights the key trade union leaders since the 1926 General Strike and explains how the oldest national institution representing organized workers anywhere in the world became a highly effective and influential body in war and peace. “Substantial, authoritative, lucid and well-written … a brilliant piece of scholarship.” Geoffrey Goodman.

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The origins and establishment of the Trades Union Congress

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