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GresfordThe Anatomy of a Disaster$
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Stanley Williamson

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238928

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313240

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The Union

The Union

(p.173) Chapter 14 The Union
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This chapter examines the history of trade unionism in North Wales. The Miners' Association of Great Britain, formed in 1841, sent representatives described as ‘lecturers’ and ‘missionary organisers’ into all the coalfields of Britain. However, the response from North Wales was unenthusiastic. After a year's work the lecturers had recruited less than 1,000 members, and the union in North Wales failed to survive the collapse which overtook the parent body following the severe slump in the coal trade towards the end of the 1840s. By the mid-1880s trade unionism in North Wales was to all intents and purposes dead but the drawbacks of disunity were becoming too obvious to be ignored.

Keywords:   trade unionism, labour unions, North Wales, coal miners, Miners' Association of Great Britain

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