Usdaw: 125 Years Strong

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The Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers celebrates 125 years



Until 29 May 2016 (historic exhibition)


The Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

The union’s pop-up exhibition reviews Usdaw’s social history and showcases campaigns then and now in the areas of safer workplaces, better conditions, improved pay and fairness at work.

125 years ago, representatives of workers met in Manchester and Birmingham to establish the trade unions which would, in 1947, amalgamate to become the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers. It was in 1923 that the Scottish Slaughtermen and Allied Workers’ Union joined with NUDAW, a founding union of Usdaw.