In July 1901 the House of Lords decided that the Taff Vale Railway Company could sue the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants for damages as compensation for lost income as a result of a strike in August 1900. Which Union could now dare to strike and risk crippling litigation? The Lords’ decision provoked a majority of Trade Unions to support the idea of a Labour Party in Parliament and placed in perspective the status gained by Trade Unions in the previous hundred years.
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