150th Trades Union Congress in Manchester

08 September 2018

 150 years ago, in 1868, a group of trade union activists from all around the country came to Manchester, for the first Trades Union Congress, at the Mechanics’ Institute.

Congress passed a resolution ‘that it is highly desirable that the trades of the United Kingdom should hold an annual congress, for the purpose of bringing the trades into closer alliance, and to take action in all Parliamentary matters pertaining to the general interests of the working-classes.’

In 1958 the TUC moved into Congress House in central London. Now Grade II* listed, it was built as a modernist memorial to the trade unionists who died in the two world wars, and is home to a notable Jacob Epstein sculpture in the courtyard. 

Tomorrow, in Manchester, the 2018 Trades Union Congress meets where it all began. And ASLEF will be at the heart of the action.

We are sending six delegates – Mick Whelan, general secretary; Simon Weller, assistant general secretary; Dave Calfe, EC vice-president; Lesley Atkins-Smith of King’s Cross branch; Debbie Reay of Northern Line North; and Jim Walsh of Glasgow – to join in the debates and discussion and to move our two motions from the podium.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: '150 years on from our founding, while much has changed, the TUC’s mission remains the same: standing up for working women and men, and making sure their voices are heard.'




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