The Printers Collection launch party. View the gallery here
|Printers and Unions - The Warehouse|
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Trade unionism amongst craft employees in warehouses in printing establishments began in London in 1840 with the formation of the London Society of Printers’ Warehousemen. Although committed to achieving minimum wages for warehousemen and cutters, it gave a higher priority to its benevolent society activities. In 1860, the Caxton Printers’ Warehousemen’s Association came into being, recruiting any employees under 45 years of age working in printers’ or booksellers’ warehouses, provided they had worked for at least five years in such an environment.
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There are a number of ways you can help to support us. You can donate online. You can join the Library as an individual member and get your union branch to affiliate. If you are a retired or working print worker and would like to volunteer to take groups around the Collection, you can apply here to join our panel of volunteers.
The Printers’ Collection was launched in February 2009 by Derek Simpson, joint general secretary of UNITE. To mark the opening a full-colour and richly illustrated 64-page brochure has been published. It is available here priced £5.
We are preparing an online book of memories of print workers. You may want to share with us your experience of being an apprentice, of your working life or activity as a trade unionist. If so, please write here and we will include all or parts of it in the forthcoming section.
Unite the union - graphical, paper and media section has kindly donated a substantial part of its collection of print ephemera, memorabilia and records in the Printers’ Collection. But some of our best and most surprising items have been donated by individuals or local union chapels and branches. If you have a print related item, which, you believe, would be of interest to others and you wish to donate it or simply loan it, to the Collection include a short description of it here.