Where can you read about the history of the trade union movement? Over the years I have been on many trade union courses, but none of them gave me any insight into the history of my union or the origins of the trade union movement. I am currently researching the Manchester and Salford Women’s Trades Council and felt I needed some background reading, but discovered that there are few overall histories of the trade union movement, and even less about women’s role in it. One exception is Sarah Boston’s book Women Workers and the Trade Unions.
This work is not only very well researched but is written in an accessible and interesting way, no doubt influenced by her own history of being a trade union rep in the ACTT and understanding the audience she wanted to get her book out to.
I like Sarah’s anger about the way in which…
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