Ben Tillett

(1860—1943) trade unionist and politician

Show Summary Details

Quick Reference


Trade unionist. A Bristol man, Tillett spent his early years in the navy and merchant marine. Coming to the London docks he was shocked at the misery and poverty of casual labour and organized a docker's union. The great dockers' strike of 1889, for a basic wage of 6 pence an hour, was a sensation, and succeeded, partly through the mediation of Cardinal Manning. He continued to build up dockers' and transport organizations, which came together in 1922 to form the Transport and General Workers' Union. Tillett served in Parliament for North Salford 1917–24 and 1929–31, and was chairman of the TUC 1928/9.

Subjects: British History.

Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.