Trade Unions

  • Neil Tonge
  • Michael Quincey
Part of the Documents and Debates book series (DD)


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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Further reading

  1. H. Pelling, A History of British Trade Unionism (1968);Google Scholar
  2. A. E. Musson, British Trade Unions 1800–1875 (1972);Google Scholar
  3. A. Briggs & J. Saville (eds), Essays in Labour History (1971);Google Scholar
  4. S. & B. Webb, The History of Trade Unionism (1920).Google Scholar

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© Neil Tonge and Michael Quincey 1980

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  • Neil Tonge
  • Michael Quincey

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