Furniture, Timber and Allied Trades Union

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FTAT
Furniture, Timber and Allied Trades Union logo.jpg
Full name Furniture, Timber and Allied Trades Union
Founded 1971
Date dissolved 1993
Merged into GMB
Affiliation TUC, CSEU
Office location London
Country United Kingdom

The Furniture, Timber and Allied Trades Union (FTAT) was a trade union in the United Kingdom.

The union was founded in 1971 by the merger of the National Union of Furniture Trade Operatives 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.[1] The union was a member of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions.[2]

Some of FTAT's Silentnight members were involved in the longest strike in 1985-87 at Barnoldswick.[3]

By 1993, membership was down to 31,642, and the union merged with the GMB, forming the bulk of its new "Construction, Furniture, Timber and Allied" section.[4]

General Secretaries[edit]

1971: Alf Tomkins
1976: Ben Rubner
1986: Colin Christopher

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arthur Ivor Marsh, Trade union handbook, p.188
  2. ^ Arthur Ivor Marsh, Trade union handbook, pp.84-85
  3. ^ "What came after the longest strike in history was finally put to bed". Craven Herald. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  4. ^ Jeremy Waddington et al, A comparison of the trade union merger process in Britain and Germany, pp.159-160