A Brief History of Trade Unions in the U.K.: Background information when reading The Thursday Murder Club

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The Thursday Murder Club

by Richard Osman

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The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
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    Sep 2020, 368 pages
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A Brief History of Trade Unions in the U.K.

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Unite the Union logoIn Richard Osman's The Thursday Murder Club, the residents of the Coopers Chase retirement community are, in some ways, very much like any other group of retirees. They fawn over their grandchildren, they gather to discuss various aches and pains, and they frequently misunderstand technology. And like many other retirees, they also have decades of experience and expertise from their earlier lives and professions. One of the professions that stands out as particularly useful in the group's amateur pursuit of criminals is Red Ron's former life as a British Trade Union leader.

Although trade unions were not officially legal in the U.K. until the mid-19th century, the country had a prior history of movements for workers' rights, perhaps the most notable being the Luddite rebellion of 1811. The Luddites were a group of organized workers centered in Manchester, England who routinely sabotaged or destroyed factory machinery in protest of the industrialization that threatened jobs and ...

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