This is the contents page for Trade Union Ancestors, listing all other pages on the site.

On this page…
Trade unions A – Z  Trade union histories  Trade union family trees Trade union lives     Striking stories Facts and figures     Other pages

Trade unions A to Z

A to D
Unions beginning with… A, B, C, D

E to K
Unions beginning with… E, F, G, H, I, J, K

L to R
Unions beginning with… L, M, N, O, P, Q, R

S to Z
Unions beginning with… S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

Note: Volume 5 of the Historical Directory of Trade Unions, published in 2006, includes the names of many additional unions.

Trade union histories

Amalgamated Association of Tramway and Vehicle Workers (and United Vehicle Workers)

Amalgamated Society of Cricket Ball Makers (and the Teston Independent Society of Cricket Ball Makers)

Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants (later the National Union of Railwaymen

Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers (and Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners)

Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen

Association of Correctors of the Press (also the London Association of Correctors of the Press)

Association of Professional Executive, Clerical and Computer Staffs (APEX) (and the National Clerks Union, National Union of Clerks and Allied Workers)

Friendly Society of Operative Stonemasons of England, Ireland and Wales (and some smaller stonemasons’ unions)

General Federation of Trade Unions. External link

GMB (and National Union of Gas Workers and General Labourers)

National Association of Local Government Officers (NALGO – later the National and Local Government Officers Association)

National Union of Boot and Shoe Operatives (formerly the National Union of Boot and Shoe Rivetters and Finishers)

National Union of Mineworkers. External link

Somersetshire Miners Association.

Trades Union Congress. External link

Transport Salaried Staffs Association. External link

Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers. External link

Unite (with further information about Amicus, the TGWU, AEEU, MSF and GPMU). External link

United Operative Masons Association of Scotland (and some smaller Scottish stonemasons’ unions).

Unity (including the Ceramic and Allied Trades Union and the National Society of Pottery Workers).

Trade union family trees

Incorporating trade unions for engineers and electricians, bank and finance company employees, scientists, print workers and tobacco workers.

Communication Workers Union
Incorporating unions for postmen and women, postal clerks and sorting office staff, and telephone engineers.

Incorporating trade unions for local government employees, boilermakers, shipbuilders, professional footballers, furniture makers and clothing workers.

Formerly NUMAST – the National Union of Marine, Aviation and Shipping Transport Officers. External link

Public and Commercial Services Union
Incorporating numerous civil service trade unions.

Rail, Maritime and Transport Union
Incorporating the National Union of Railwaymen, Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants and National Union of Seamen.

Teaching unions
Family trees for the National Union of Teachers, National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, Association of Teachers and Lecturers, University and College Union.

Transport and General Workers Union
Incorporating trade unions for dockers, coach makers, agricultural workers, Thames watermen, nail makers, chemical workers and bus drivers.

Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians
Incorporating trade unions for building workers, carpenters, joiners and cabinet makers. View

Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers
Incorporating trade unions for shop workers, co-op movement employees, and distribution workers.

Incorporating trade unions for nurses and other health service staff, local government workers and employees in the former public utilities.

Incorporating the Ceramic and Allied Trades Union and its Achat predecessors in the pottery and related trades. View

Trade union lives

Robert Applegarth – Carpenters’ union leader

Will Crooks – Dockers’ leader and Labour MP

John Gast – Shipwrights’ leader and radical

P C Hoffman – Shopworkers’ organiser and Labour MP

Anne Loughlin – First woman president of the TUC

Mary Macarthur – Women’s union leader

Beatrice Webb – Trade union historian

Striking stories

Hairdressers down scissors, 1918

Marie Lloyd and the music hall strike, 1907

Chocolate workers’ strike, 1890

Great London dock strike, 1889

Crystal Palace glaziers strike, 1850

General strike for the People’s Charter, 1842

Stonemasons halt work on Nelson’s Column, 1841

Facts and Figures

Trade union timeline
Key events from 1800-2066

Historical data
Data showing trade union membership  and the level of industrial action each year since the 1890s.

Other pages

Further research
A guide to sources and how to find out more about your trade union ancestors, with lots of links to useful web pages and more.

About Trade Union Ancestors
How is the site put together, what can it do – and what can’t it do.

Family History Detective: Trade Union Records – PDF
Printed in Your Family Tree issue 33, January 2006 (c) Future Publishing Ltd 2005 .