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Tom Chambers (trade unionist)

Tom Chambers (1867–3 January 1926) was a British trade unionist. His son was Fielding Reginald West, Labour MP for Kensington and Hammersmith.

In 1896, Chambers was elected as the Secretary of the International Transport Workers Federation,[1] serving until 1904.[2] He was active in the Independent Labour Party and was elected as the first General Secretary of the Workers' Union in 1898.[3] In 1909, he toured the ports of the United States with Havelock Wilson in order to increase trade union membership. He was then centrally involved in the seamen's strike of 1911.[1]

Chambers also served as Treasurer of the National Sailors' and Firemen's Union, and of the National Alliance of Employers and Employed, and was active in the Navy League and the Seafarers Education Service.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Mr. Thomas Chambers", Manchester Guardian, 5 January 1926
  2. ^ Bob Reinalda, The International Transportworkers Federation, 1914-1945, p.35
  3. ^ Richard Hyman, The Workers' Union, p.8
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Mann
President of the International Transport Workers' Federation
1896–1904
Succeeded by
Ben Tillett
Preceded by
New position
General Secretary of the Workers' Union
1898–1900
Succeeded by
Charles Duncan


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