The voice of the Isle of Man at work


Our Objectives

  • We make representations to government and represent Manx workers on European Union and international bodies
  • Campaign on workplace issues
  • Represent working people on public bodies
  • Carry out research on economic and employment-related issues
  • Work with others to build international solidarity and to connect the trade union movement in Britain to unions across the globe
  • Provide, or help unions provide, an extensive programme of work-based learning services, helping to raise national levels of learning and skills
  • Organise a wide range of training
  • Help unions develop new services for their members
  • Help unions avoid clashes with each other

Trades Councils

Trades Union Councils bring together unions to work and campaign around issues affecting working people in their local workplaces and communities.

Trades Union Councils aim to:

  • Raise public awareness of rights at work and the union role in enforcing those rights.
  • Promote organising and recruitment drives to build union membership.
  • Support union and community campaigns for dignity and respect in the workplace and beyond.

With the threats of racism and fascism, changes in the labour market and debates over the future of public services, the trade union voice in the community is as important as ever. The capacity of trades union councils to provide a local response and to organise trade unionists into coalitions with other progressive forces is crucial. They do this by providing services which keep local trade unionists up to date with developments within the wider trade union movement, and by taking up relevant local industrial and community issues.

Find Us

TUC History Online




An invaluable new online resource, 'The Union Makes us Strong' tells the story of the labour movement over the last 200 years and includes replicas of original source documents. The history of the Trades Union Congress. These three chapters were commissioned for the TUC's centenary in 1968:

1868-1899: section explains the events which led to the establishment of the Trades Union Congress, working hours and conditions of the time and the victory of the 1899 dockers' strike.

1900-1928: section includes the implications of the Taff Vale decision and the The Osborne Judgement, foundations of a welfare state, outbreak of the First World War, rise of the shop steward, impact of the Russian revolution and the 1926 general strike.

1928-1938: section covers the first Labour government, the Mond-Turner talks, the growth of unions, and the Spanish civil war.

The TUC archives are held at the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick Library. The archive contains files from c1920 - 1990 comprising of correspondence, internal and external documents, minutes, reports, printed material and press statements.

Contact Us

c/o Transport House

25 Fort Street
Isle of Man

Landline: 01624 621156




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