Special stamps to mark 150 years of TUC

By Hollie Ewers on 06 June 2018 Royal Mail TUC

Royal Mail has issued a commemorative sheet of stamps to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Trades Union Congress.

Founded in 1868, the TUC is the world’s oldest, national independent trade union organisation, of which the RCM has been affiliated with since 2015.

The sheet features 10 existing 1st Class Seal stamps alongside images that depict pivotal moments in the TUC’s 150-year history, including the Equal Pay Campaign of 1968, which saw female workers at Ford car plants in Dagenham strike to demand the lower ‘women’s rate’ of pay be abolished.

The sheet also includes an illustrated folder telling the story of the TUC, its forerunners and its evolution to the present day organisation that represents 5.5 million workers across the UK.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: ‘The commemorative sheet is a wonderful way to mark the TUC's big anniversary, and we are honoured that working people have been recognised in this way. The pack is full of inspiring stories about people who made Britain better for working people over the last 150 years.

‘It’s a reminder too that trade unionists have come from many different occupations and backgrounds. As the world of work changes, trade unions are needed more than ever to make sure every job is a good job and every working person gets the respect they deserve.’

The stamp sheet is on sale now priced at £15.95 and available here.