Workers' Union

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Workers' Union
Founded 1898
Date dissolved 1929
Merged into Transport and General Workers' Union
Key people Charles Duncan, General Secretary
Country United Kingdom

The Workers' Union was a trade union in the United Kingdom.

Founded in 1898,[1] in 1919 the Workers' Union joined the National Amalgamated Workers Union, a loose confederation with the Municipal Employees Association and the National Amalgamated Union of Labour, but this dissolved in 1922.[2]

Membership of the union collapsed during the 1920s, with job losses due to the depression, the General Strike of 1926 and disputes over payments to members of the executive committee. In 1929, it merged into the Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU), with about 100,000 members remaining to transfer. This enabled the TGWU, for the first time, to gain significant numbers of members outside of the docks and transport industries.[3]

General Secretaries[edit]

1898: Tom Chambers
1900: Charles Duncan


1898: Charles Duncan
1900: Robert Morley
1913: John Beard


  1. ^ Workers' Union 1905-29, Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick
  2. ^ Arthur Ivor Marsh, Historical Directory of Trade Unions, p.475
  3. ^ Arthur Ivor Marsh et al, Historical Directory of Trade Unions, p.493

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