Trade unions were legalized in Great Britain in 1824, where growing numbers of factory workers joined labor organizations in their efforts to achieve better wages and working conditions. After 1824, workplace militancy greatly manifested itself in all regions of the United Kingdom with trade/skilled workers, coal and steel workers, the unemployed and many others. These groups held general strikes and protests; but their efforts were crushed.

Because of political activities in the later 1830s and 1840s, trade unionism in the United Kingdom was mostly overshadowed. The trade unions realized that they had to work harder, be conscientious and less radical to obtain any of their goals.

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