The archive contains the minute books of the Ashton Textile Employers' Association, the Glossop, Hyde and District Cotton Employers' Association, the Manchester and District Cotton Employers' Association, the Stockport and District Cotton Employers' Association and the Wigan and District Cotton Employers' Association, together with published material relating to the cotton industry.
Records of the Ashton Textile Employers' Association
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- ReferenceGB 133 ATEA
- Dates of Creation1891-1969
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description6.3 li.m. 11 seriesMany of the volumes are in very poor condition and are extremely dirty.
- LocationCollection available at John Rylands Library, Deansgate.
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Ashton and District Cotton Employers' Association was formed in 1891 `to deal with cases in which leaders of the operatives attempt to enforce unreasonable conditions, either as to the working of the mill, or the amount of wages...' The rules of the Association were expanded and published in 1921 and minor alterations were made over the years, with the change of name to the Ashton Textile Employers' Association being recorded in 1969. The Glossop, Hyde & District Cotton Employers' Association amalgamated with the Ashton Association in 1921, and other local organisations contained within the archive amalgamated with the Ashton Association at a later date.
The history of employers' associations in this region is somewhat longer than the association represented by this archive. In 1830 fifty-two firms in Ashton combined to defeat a fledgling trade union by locking out workers, but it was only a temporary organisation. More powerful and better organised employers' associations were really a development of the second half of the century and grew in response to the rise of trade union power. Later, the Association attempted to arrest the decline of the industry in the region.
Original order has been maintained during cataloguing, with the records of subsidiary organisations following those of the Ashton Association as follows:
ATEA/1 Ashton Textile Employers' Association
ATEA/2 Glossop, Hyde and District Cotton Employers' Association
ATEA/3 Stockport and District Cotton Employers' Association
ATEA/4 Manchester and District Cotton Employers' Association
ATEA/5 Wigan and District Cotton Employers' Association
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