From Taff Vale to Triple Alliance, 1900–14

  • Henry Pelling


We have seen that the leaders of British trade unionism ended the nineteenth century with feelings of some concern about the security of their legal rights. It did not take more than a few months of the twentieth century for these feelings to turn into a definite anxiety and an insistence upon political action to remedy the situation. The change was caused by the decision of the House of Lords in the Taff Vale case in July 1901 — a case which had more far-reaching effects for trade unionism than any other which the courts had ever been called upon to decide.


Trade Union Union Leader Royal Commission Labour Party Union Official 
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© Henry Pelling 1976

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