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Trade Unions

Quiz Questions

  1. Six agricultural labourers from which Dorset village became a popular cause for the early union movements?
  2. Which British trade unionist has served as the General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) since May 2021?
  3. Which union formed in 1993 when three public sector trade unions merged making it the UK's largest union?
  4. The NUM took part in three national miners' strikes in the 70s and 80s, in which year did the last strike end?
  5. Which trade union for the performing arts and entertainment industries was formed by a group of West End performers in 1930?

  6. Solidarity is a Polish trade union founded in which city in 1980?
  7. Which 2010 British film dramatises the 1968 Ford sewing machinists' strike that aimed for equal pay for women?
  8. Which British Labour Party politician was president of the National Union of Students from 2008 to 2010?
  9. Which American labor union leader who served as the president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters disappeared in July, 1975?
  10. What name was given to the period in the UK characterised by widespread strikes between November 1978 and February 1979?
  11. Which union formed on 1 May 2007 by the merger of Amicus and the Transport and General Workers' Union making it the second largest trade union in the UK?
  12. What's the last name of Len, whose first book, Why You Should Be a Trade Unionist, was published in 2020?
  13. NASUWT is the only union that represents which profession across the whole of the UK?
  14. Which well-known broadcaster and writer in 2019 was announced as the new President of The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, a trade union for professional writers?
  15. Established in 1912, which occupation does NAPO represent?
  16. In March 2007, who presented BBC One's Life: Guilty My Arse, comparing his political activism as a trade unionist to the work of the suffragettes?
  17. Which former British trade union leader was the first black leader of a major British trade union and General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union from 1992 to 2003?
  18. Which large working-class movement for political reform in Britain occured from 1838 to 1857?
  19. In the 2010 Labour leadership election, trade unions were instrumental in whose victory?
  20. What does the 'L' stand for in the British trade union acronym ASLEF?
  21. What dispute was a lengthy failed strike by print workers in 1986 London?
  22. On 1 March 1984, all workers at which organisation were ordered to leave their trade unions by 1 March 1984?


  1. Tolpuddle
  2. Mike Lynch
  4. 1985
  5. Equity
  6. Gdansk
  7. Made in Dagenham
  8. Wes Streeting
  9. Jimmy Hoffa
  10. The Winter of Discontent
  11. Unite
  12. McCluskey (Len McCluskey)
  13. Teachers
  14. Sandi Toksvig
  15. Probation Officers (National Association of Probation Officers)
  16. Ricky Tomlinson

  17. Bill Morris
  18. Chartism
  19. Ed Miliband's
  20. Locomotive (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen)
  21. The Wapping dispute
  22. GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters)