National Union of Agricultural and Allied Workers
|Full name||National Union of Agricultural and Allied Workers|
|Founded||20 July 1906|
|Merged into||Transport and General Workers' Union (Agricultural Section)|
|Key people||George Nicholls (President), George Edwards (Secretary), Richard Winfrey (Treasurer), William "Bill" Holmes (General Secretary).|
The union was established as the Eastern Counties Agricultural Labourers & Small Holders Union at a conference of Norfolk agricultural workers at the Angel Hotel, North Walsham on 20 July 1906. Its first President was George Nicholls, its Secretary (on 13 shillings a week) was George Edwards and its Treasurer was Richard Winfrey. The other members of its Executive Committee were J. Binder, J. Sage, William G. Codling, Herbert Day, J. Bly, C. Holman and J. Stibbins.
In 1910 major strikes and disputes broke out in the Norfolk villages of Trunch, Knapton and St Faith's. At St Faith's, the 105 union men were on stri,ke from May 1910 until February 1911 for 1 shilling a week extra.
The organisation changed its name in 1910 to the National Agricultural Labourers and Rural Workers Union. Edwards stood down as Secretary in 1913, but then took up the post of President. In 1920, the union became the National Union of Agricultural and Allied Workers.
William "Bill" Holmes, NUAW General Secretary once told an audience of American trade unionists: "In many of our villages, a man who joins a trade union is worthy of the Victoria Cross that's won on a battlefield. In many villages he dare not be known to be a member of the union. But to be a branch secretary! That is to risk one's livelihood every day in the week".
The union's journal was The Landworker.
- 1906: George Edwards
- 1913: Robert Barrie Walker
- 1928: Bill Holmes
- 1944: Alf Dann
- 1953: Harold Collison
- 1969: Reg Bottini
- 1978: Jack Boddy
- 1906: George Nicholls
- 1911: Walter Robert Smith
- 1924: Bill Holmes
- 1928: Edwin Gooch
- 1966: Bert Hazell
- 1978: John Hose
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- "DEATH OF MR. W. R. SMITH". Northampton Mercury. 27 February 1942. Retrieved 17 November 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (. ))