National Federation of Women Workers

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Corporate body

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National Federation of Women Workers

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  • NFWW

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The National Federation of Women Workers (NFWW) was formed in 1906 by Mary Macarthur. It campaigned to expose the evils of the sweated trades and played a major role in the passing of the 1909 Trade Boards Act that set minimum wages in the most exploitative trades, which were usually predominantly made up of women workers. The NFWW saw strikes as the chief way of unionising workers and did so more than any other organisation. By 1914, its membership had risen to 20,000 but its leaders had never intended it to remain a women’s only union so it merged with the national Union of General Workers (now the GMB) in 1921.



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GB 1534

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAAR (CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2003); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate name, National Council on Archives (1997).



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Created by N.Maksymuik, February 2015.


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