|Full name||Amalgamated Society of Textile Workers and Kindred Trades|
|Merged into||Manufacturing, Science and Finance|
|Affiliation||TUC, General Federation of Trade Unions, Labour|
|Key people||William Bromfield (Gen Sec)|
|Office location||Market Place, Leek, Staffordshire|
Leek Textile Federation
By 1907, Leek had eight small trade unions representing textile workers, most of whom worked with silk. Six of the unions were led by William Bromfield, and the remaining two by William Stubbs. That year, the Leek Textile Federation, and all the unions other than the Silk Twisters' Society affiliated. Bromfield defeated Stubbs to become the federation's secretary.
|Amalgamated Society of Braid Workers and Kindred Trades||1889||810|
|Amalgamated Society of Silk and Cotton Dyers||1897||520|
|Amalgamated Society of Silk Pickers||1884||202|
|Amalgamated Society of Silk Spinners, Throwsters and Reelers||1907||160|
|Amalgamated Society of Women Workers||1906||4,800|
|Association of Trimming Weavers' Society of Leek and District||1871||260|
|Leek Spun Silk Dressers Union||1907||?|
The organisation later became known as the Midland Textile Federation, as some of the unions had members in other parts of Staffordshire and Cheshire. It affiliated to the Labour Party, and at the 1918 UK general election, it successfully sponsored Bromfield as a Parliamentary candidate:
By 1920, the union had 10,485 members. It focused on pay and conditions, and also on welfare benefits for members. It did not undertake any strikes, although it supported the UK General Strike, and organised backing for it in Leek. Membership fell in the 1930s, averaging 4,500 that decade, with the majority being women, and dropped further to only 2,059 in 1946.
In 1951, the union affiliated to the Amalgamated Weavers' Association, but this was not a success, and it left a few years later, in order to cut its expenses. In 1965, it absorbed with the National Silk Weavers' and Textile Traders' Association, meaning that for the first time it had members outside Cheshire and Staffordshire, although only in a limited number of locations: Dunfermline, Farnworth, Great Yarmouth and Pontypridd. This took membership up to 7,000.
Membership began falling again, and by 1982 was down to 3,561. In 1992, the union renamed itself as the Union of Textile Workers, and in 2000, it merged into the Manufacturing, Science and Finance union.
- 1919: Albert Chattaway
- 1948: Harold Forrester
- 1963: Frank Stubbs
- 1965: John Watson
- 1980s: Harry Braley
- 1990s: Sean Hulme
- Frank Burchill and Jim Sweeney, A history of trade unionism in the North Staffordshire textile industry
- Labour Party, Report of the Forty-Fifth Annual Conference of the Labour Party, p.77
- Marsh, Arthur (1984). Trade Union Handbook (3 ed.). Aldershot: Gower. pp. 352–353. ISBN 0566024268.
- Burchill, Frank; Sweeney, Jim (1971). A History of Trade Unionism in the North Staffordshire Textile Industry. Stafford: University of Keele.
- Eaton, Jack; Gill, Colin (1981). The Trade Union Directory. London: Pluto Press. pp. 183–184.
- Labour Party, Report of the Executive Committee (1918), pp.115
- Working Class Movement Library, "Silk workers' unions"
- Peter Carter and John B. Smethurst, Historical Directory of Trade Unions: Volume 6, p.116