Dead Socialist Watch, #287

Fred Bramley, trade unionist. Apprenticed as a cabinet-maker, he joined the ILP and worked for The Clarion, campaigning against tariff reform after 1903. Active in the National Amalgamated Furnishing Trades Association (acronym’d to NAFTA!), he became its national organiser in 1912 and was fully engaged in industrial struggle until the outbreak of war in 1914. He opposed British entry into the war, chaired the London branch of the Labour Party and campaigned for women’s suffrage. In 1920 and 1921 he was centrally involved in the restructuring of the TUC, with its General Council replacing the old Parliamentary Committee. He became the first full-time General Secretary of the TUC in 1923, and in post through the period of the first Labour Government. Born near Otley, W. Yorkshire, 27 September 1874, Bramley died in Amsterdam at an IFTU meeting, 10 October 1925.

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