Trades Disputes Act

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The Liberal government introduced a bill based on the recommendations of the royal commission (1903). Labour MPs were not satisfied with the government's bill and introduced a private member's bill. The Labour bill was accepted by the Liberals and formed the basis of the Trades Disputes Act. This indemnified unions against civil proceedings; their funds were protected against claims for damages, thus discounting the Taff Vale judgment (1902). This very privileged position survived until 1927.

Subjects: British History.

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