Amalgamated Textile Workers' Union
|Merged into||General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union|
|Founded||1 January 1974|
|Headquarters||Textile Union Centre, 5 Caton Street, Rochdale|
The union was founded in 1974, when the Amalgamated Weavers' Association merged with the National Union of Textile and Allied Workers. The Amalgamated Textile Warehousemen's Association developed close links with the new union, and the two shared a general secretary.
In 1983, the important Burnley, Nelson, Rossendale and District Textile Workers' Union decided to leave the ATWU, and argued that as its largest affiliate, it should be entitled to a proportionate share of the union's funds. The ATWU disagreed, and the disputed went to the High Court of England and Wales, which rejected the Burnley and Nelson union's claim.
With widespread redundancies in the industry, the union lost two-thirds of its members before it merged into the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union in 1985. Based in Rochdale, the union's final general secretary was Jack Brown.
By 1982, the union had the following affiliates:
- Blackburn and District Weavers', Winders' and Warpers' Association
- Bolton and District Union of Textile and Allied Workers
- Bolton and District Weavers', Winders' and Warpers' Association
- Burnley, Nelson, Rossendale and District Textile Workers' Union
- Colne and Craven Textile Workers' Association
- Oldham Provincial Union of Textile and Allied Workers
- National Union of Textile and Allied Workers, Rochdale and Districts
- Northern Textile and Allied Workers' Union
- North Lancashire and Cumbria Textile Workers' Association
- North West Lancashire, Durham and Cumbria Textile Workers' Union
- Rochdale and Todmorden District of the Amalgamated Textile Workers' Union
- Southern Area
- Staff Section
- 1974: Jim Browning
- 1976: Joe Quinn
- 1984: Albert Hilton
- G. P. and S. P. A. Henderson, Directory of British Associations & Associations in Ireland (8th Edition), p.7
- "Amalgamated Textile Workers' Union Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine", Archives Hub
- Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade Unions, vol.4, pp.186-187
- Honeyball, Simon (2012). Honeyball and Bowers' Textbook on Employment Law (12 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 345. ISBN 019963985X.
- Gary N. Chalson, Union mergers in hard times: the view from five countries, pp.91-92
- Marsh, Arthur (1984). Trade Union Handbook (3 ed.). Aldershot: Gower. pp. 350–352. ISBN 0566024268.