Record

CodeNA8971
Dates1853-
Person NameEdinburgh & District Trades Council; 1853-
ActivityThe Edinburgh and District Trades Council celebrated its 100th birthday on 3 March 1959 although it is probable that the Council was formed in 1853, some years before the earliest formal record of its proceedings, making it the oldest existing trades council in Britain after that of Liverpool, and references can be found from 1826 to the activities of earlier ad hoc committees of trade union delegates in the city. The main series of minutes of the Council are almost continuous from 1859, forming the earliest full series of trades council records in Scotland.In the minutes for 1859-60 the Council described itself as `The United Trades Delegates Association of Edinburgh & Vicinity'; its title was then altered to the ‘Council of United Trades Delegates’; after re-organisation in 1867 it became the ‘Edinburgh United Trades Council’. From 1888 it was being referred to as the ‘Edinburgh and District United Trades Council’, amended in the minutes from 1892 to the ‘Edinburgh and District United Trades and Labour Council’; by 1912 the current title of the Council was established.
Corporate NameEdinburgh & District Trades Council
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