Despite widespread interest in the trade union movement and its history, it has never been easy to trace the development of individual unions, especially those now defunct, or where name changes or mergers have confused the trail. In this respect the standard histories and industrial studies tend to stimulate curiosity rather than satisfy it. When was a union founded? When did it merge or dissolve itself, or simply disappear? What records survive and where can further details of its history be found? These are the kinds of question the Directory sets out to answer. Each entry is arranged according to a standard plan, as follows: 1. Name of union; 2. Foundation date: Name changes (if any) and relevant dates. Any amalgamation or transfer of engagements. Cessation, winding up or disappearance, with date and reasons where appropriate and available; 3. Characteristics of: membership, leadership, policy, outstanding events, membership (numbers). 4. Sources of information: books, articles, minutes etc; location of documentation.
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Contents: Foreword, Asa Briggs; Introduction; Preface. Part 1 Print, Paper and Publishing: England and Wales; Ireland; Scotland. Part 2 Domestic Service: Wholesale and retail and distribution; Costermongers and street traders; Bakers; Millers; Soft drinks and brewery workers; Butchers, poulterers and fishmongers; Domestic servants; Barbers and hairdressers; Hotel, restaurant and catering staff; Finance industry - banking staff organisations; Finance industry - building society staff organisations; Finance industry - insurance staff organisations; Others; Sports and entertainment; Window cleaners and chimney sweeps. Part 3 Agriculture. Part 4 Public Employees: Manual workers; Local government staff organisations; Education. Part 5 General Workers. Part 6 Staff Associations: Aerospace; Engineering and allied industries; Food, drink, tobacco; Other Manufacturing industries; Retail and other. Appendix; Index.
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