History was made under this tree

Under this tree in the picturesque Dorset village of Tolpuddle history was made.

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In 1834 six farm labourers met here to discuss ways of improving their working conditions. They were arrested, convicted on a trumped up charge of swearing a false oath and deported to Australia. Their offence? Forming the world’s first association to fight for a living wage from their wealthy employers.

Eventually after a public outcry, the government was forced to give a free pardon which was followed by mass celebrations. The modern Trade Union movement was born.

Working people all over the world owe these six brave heroes a huge debt of gratitude.

David Lawrence Preston, 2017

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