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The Tolpuddle Martyrs, Changing the Face of Employment Rights in Victorian England

¬†¬†This year is the 178th anniversary of when six Dorset farm labourers were sent to an Australian penal colony, but their ‘crimes’ helped change the face of employment rights for generations to come – and it all began in the … Continue reading

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Victorian Happening: Tolpuddle Martyrs and the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers

The Tolpuddle Martyrs were a group of 19th century Dorset agricultural labourers who were arrested for and convicted of swearing a secret oath as members of the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers. The rules of the society show it was … Continue reading

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Victorian Happening: The Grand National Consolidated Trades Union of 1834

The Grand National Consolidated Trades Union of 1834 was an early attempt to form a national union confederation in the United Kingdom. There had been several attempts to form national general unions in the 1820s, culminating with the National Association … Continue reading

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