National Unemployed Workers Movement


The National Unemployed Workers’ Movement was a British organisation set up in 1921 by members of the Communist Party of Great Britain. It aimed to draw attention to the plight of unemployed workers during the post World War I slump, the 1926 General Strike and later the Great Depression, and to fight the Means Test.

During the 1930’s members of this organisation paid a weekly 1d. Mr. George Teasdale, 51 Auchinraith Road and Mr. William Dobson of 67 Auchinraith Road were officials in the organisation. They would have been relieved to be cleared of any misconduct by the Sherrif Court on Tuesday 17th November 1931 when it was alleged they had collected this money from miners in the streets of Blantyre, without a permit from Lanark County Council. The defence was made that the two Blantyre gents had actually never collected any money, but only written subscritptions to the organisation.

The Movement suspended activity in 1939, at the outbreak of World War II, and the decision of wind it up was taken in 1943. It was finally dissolved in 1946.

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  1. in the article about the National Unemployed Miners, the William Dobson mentioned sounds as if it was my great grandfather, William Dobson senior, father to William jnr and grandfather to William’s son, also William. Thanks for posting this as I never knew anything about it.

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