Records of the York and District Trades Union Council

Scope and Content

Collection includes documents to the running of the trade council. It includes: minute books, attendance registers, annual reports, financial statements, correspondence, sub-committee papers and press cuttings.

Administrative / Biographical History

The York Trades Council was formed in 1890. The majority of York's Trade Unions were affiliated to the Council. By 1899 it consisted of 18 affiliated societies representing nearly 2000 members. It brought a coherence to the trade union movement in the city and was one of the main forces behind the rise in labour representation. Its activities included 'labour demonstrations, [and] running labour candidates at municipal school board and board of guardians elections'. The Council supported the General Strikes in the 1920s. The organisation still exists today as the York and District Trade Unions Council and is a branch of the national TUC.

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Francesca Taylor, Community Collections Assistant, April 2015.

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