Some extraordinary and dedicated people have passed through the trade union movement. The stories of their trade union lives are told here.
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This is the story of John Gast (1772-1837), leader of the Thames shipwrights and a prominent figure in radical politics. Continue reading John Gast: shipwrights leader and radical
This is the story of Robert Applegarth (1834-1924): carpenters’ trade union leader. Continue reading Robert Applegarth: carpenters’ leader
This is the story of Will Crooks (1852-1921), leader of the great London docks strike of 1889 and later an early Labour MP. Continue reading Will Crooks: docks strike leader and Labour MP
Anne Loughlin (1894-1979) was the first woman president of the TUC in 1943. Continue reading Anne Loughlin: first woman president of the TUC
This is the story of Beatrice Webb (1858-1943): social reformer and historian of the trade union movement. Continue reading Beatrice Webb: trade union historian
This is the story of Mary Macarthur (1880-1921): shopworkers’ union activist and leading figure in women’s trade unionism. Continue reading Mary Macarthur: women’s union leader
This is the story of Philip Charles Hoffmann (1878-1959): shopworkers’ organiser. Continue reading Philip Hoffman: shopworkers’ organiser
Discover your family history in the trade union movement. Trade Union Ancestors can help you locate a specific trade union in time and place with the A to Z index of trade unions and trade union family trees. In addition, you can read about some of the events and people that shaped the trade union movement through 200 years of history in our trade union histories, trade union lives and striking stories.