Lancashire Amalgamated Tape Sizers' Friendly Society

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Lancashire Amalgamated Tape Sizers' Friendly Society
Founded 1882
Members 1,157 (1910)
Affiliation TUC, GFTU, NCTTF
Office location 238 Manchester Road, Nelson, Lancashire
Country England

The Lancashire Amalgamated Tape Sizers' Friendly Society was a trade union representing workers involved in the preparation of cotton in the Lancashire area of England.

Tape sizing

Tape sizing is the process of adding polymers and wax to cotton yarn in order that it will be less likely to break when being woven. In the 19th- and early 20th-centuries, tape sizers were regarded as being the most skilled workers in the cotton industry and therefore were able to command relatively good wages and conditions of employment.[1]

History

The society regarded itself as having been founded in 1882, although the Board of Trade gave 1880 as the year of formation. Impetus for forming the society appears to have come from the Haslingden and Rossendale District Cotton Sizers' Protective Society. It was initially known as the North and North East Lancashire Amalgamated Tape Sizers' Protective Society.[1]

By 1894, ten local unions held membership of the amalgamation, although as all were very small, it represented a total of only 910 workers. Early in the 1900s, it added "South Lancashire" to its name, probably in the hope of persuading the rival Amalgamated Tape Sizers' Friendly Protection Society to affiliate, although this Ashton-under-Lyne based union did not do so.[1]

Affiliates of the union were:

Union[1] Founded Affiliated Membership (1907)[2] Notes
Accrington and Church 1860 64 Merged into Nelson, Colne and District 1984
Amalgamated 1861 1979 145
Blackburn 1865 277 Merged into Association of Preparatory Workers 1990
Bolton and District 1877 79 Merged into Association of Preparatory Workers 1986
Burnley and District 1879 120 Merged into Association of Preparatory Workers 1986
Bury and District 1861 104 Merged into Nelson, Colne and District 1978
Darwen 1852 112 Merged into Blackburn 1964
Great Harwood 1860 70 Dissolved 1965
Haslingden and Rossendale 1877 1882 80 Merged into Nelson, Colne and District 1985
Nelson, Colne and District 1887 82 Merged into Association of Preparatory Workers 1986
Preston 1867 133 Merged into Nelson, Colne and District 1980

In 1908, the union became the Lancashire Amalgamated Tape Sizers' Friendly Society, and it was later renamed as the Lancashire Amalgamated Tape Sizers' Association. Membership rose slightly to 1,157 in 1910, falling slightly when the Great Harwood union left, although it later rejoined. Membership in 1955 was still 955, but it then began falling rapidly, to only 496 in 1968. Affiliates began merging with each other, although there was a small boost to membership in 1979 when the Amalgamated Tape Sizers finally affiliated. By 1990, only two affiliates remained: the Amalgamated Tape Sizers and the Association of Preparatory Workers.[1]

General secretaries

as of 1896: R. Walkden
1913: John W. Ainsworth
1920s: W. Wallwork
c.1930: J. Ormerod
1930s: W. Burnett
1974: Harry Howorth

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Marsh, Arthur; Ryan, Victoria; Smethurst, John B. (1994). Historical Directory of Trade Unions. 4. Farnham: Ashgate. pp. 174–180. ISBN 9780859679008. 
  2. ^ Report on Trade Unions in 1905-1907. London: Board of Trade. 1909. p. 26–27. 
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