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Those lovely trade unions

The Time 22 December 1916

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8 comments to Those lovely trade unions

  • bloke in spain

    Trade unions actually championing the interests of their members?

  • Alan H.

    Trade unions actually championing the interests of their members?

    It’s a bit rich wanting the state to restrict overseas labour whilst presiding over a global empire.

  • I sneeze in threes

    Weren’t the unions crucial to the development of apartheid in SA?

  • Philip Scott Thomas

    Off-topic somewhat, but one thing that jumps out is how rubbish Linotype-set hot lead text was. Compare the visual quality of that piece with any modern-day newspaper. Bearing in mind the legendary “Spanish practices” that existed in the printing trade right up till the Eighties, is it any wonder Mr. Murdoch moved production out of Fleet Street?

  • Patrick Crozier

    “Weren’t the unions crucial to the development of apartheid in SA?”

    I believe so. IIRC, the “Colour Bar” was introduced there shortly before the First World War.

  • Philip Scott Thomas – “Off-topic somewhat, but one thing that jumps out is how rubbish Linotype-set hot lead text was.”

    This may not be fair. It could be a rubbish microfilm of linotype-set text. I’ve had to work with microfilm images, and they were a lot worse than the originals.

  • Paul Marks

    The British Empire was a bit weird – for example both Australian and Canadian colonies were allowed to put up tariffs against British goods, yes British goods. What sort of Empire is that? And where were the taxes and tribute going back to London?

    As for the unions – of course they were racist. That was normal for unions till quite recently.

  • Mr Ed

    The scale of the use of overseas labour in WW1 is perhaps one of the most under-stated aspects of that war. Here is a British Library paper on the matter.

    Meanwhile, up in the Northeast, in Birtley (Gateshead) there was a Belgian colony running an ammunition factory during the war.