Belfast Trades Council


Belfast Trades Council was founded in 1881. It was founded against a background of intense unrest all over the United Kingdom as a result of struggles within the building trades in 1859-60. In 1881 representatives from a number of Trade Unions met. The population of Belfast had incresed dramatically as a result of the development of the linen industry, power spinning and weaving. People were also attracted by the developments in the ship building trades, the tobacco industry and the growth of various forms of transport, particularly the railways. The Council was very active and recognised as a central authority for Trade Unions and matters of public interest. Ref: Belfast & District Trades' Union Council 1881-1951 A short history, Belfast, 1951

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