Minutes of Manchester and Salford Womens TUC 1900-1902

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This is the third post about my work on the MSWTUC Transcription Project.

From 1900 onwards  the MSWTUC changed in many ways. Up to this point it had been involved in organising women in laundries, bookbinding, shirtmaking, fancy box making, printing, upholstery and the india rubber trade. It had 950 members,  and two organising secretaries whose job was not just to encourage women to join unions,  but also  to give them the self confidence to run those unions.

Its profile was changing as more women became active in the Council, trade union representatives now sat on the Council,  and the number of yearly meetings went up from 5 to 11. The dynamism of its work is reflected some of the new people becoming involved in the Council.  This included Eva Gore Booth,  who became an organising secretary in 1900, and was active in both trade union, socialist  and suffragist…

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