Furniture, Timber and Allied Trades Union
|Full name||Furniture, Timber and Allied Trades Union|
|Affiliation||TUC, CSEU, Labour Party|
|Office location||Roe Green, Kingsbury, London|
The union was founded in 1971 by the merger of the National Union of Furniture Trade Operatives (NUFTO) and the Amalgamated Society of Woodcutting Machinists. In 1978, the National Union of Funeral Service Operatives merged with it, while the National Society of Brushmakers and General Workers joined in 1983. The following year, its total membership was 85,407. The union was a member of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions.
Initially, the union had six trade groups, reduced to five in the 1980s: upholstery, soft furnishing and bedding, woodcutting machinists, funeral services, flat glass and processing, and supervisory and clerical.
The union was known for its left-wing outlook, inherited from NUFTO. In the Labour Party (UK) deputy leadership election, 1981, it supported Tony Benn. Some of FTAT's Silentnight members, based in Barnoldswick, were involved in Britain's longest ever strike, from 1985 until 1987.
- Jürgen Hoffman, Marcus Kahmann and Jeremy Waddington, A Comparison of the Trade Union Merger Process in Britain and Germany, pp.60-61
- Marsh, Arthur (1984). Trade Union Handbook (3 ed.). Aldershot: Gower. p. 206. ISBN 0566024268.
- Arthur Ivor Marsh, Trade union handbook, p.188
- Arthur Ivor Marsh, Trade union handbook, pp.84-85
- "What came after the longest strike in history was finally put to bed". Craven Herald. Retrieved 2016-06-14.
- Jeremy Waddington et al, A comparison of the trade union merger process in Britain and Germany, pp.159-160