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The Power to Manage: A History of the Engineering Employers’ by Eric L. Wigham

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Frequently, the committee made requests for help. ' The following day the Leicester secretary asked if anything could be done to get the Birmingham trade to join in, as Leicester firms were anxious on this point. Often particular firms are named. , Kilmarnock Forge Co. ' Efforts in Birmingham, incidentally, were fruitless. A Birmingham, Wolverhampton and District Association was formed The Great Lock-out 1896-1898 49 in October and within a week was visited by a deputation from the Federation to urge them to join in.

The significance of the meeting was that Manchester had for a quarter of a century been the headquarters of the ITEA. Dyer argued that it was better to have local associations than one large association divided into branches because in every district there were local customs and practices which it was impossible to interfere with. But one large Federation was needed to deal with all general questions of principle. The meeting passed a resolution declaring their willingness to form an association with the object of joining the Federation and the committee of the Manchester branch of the ITEA, with power to add to their number, were 39 empowered to carry out the resolution.

During the stoppage, a meeting at the County and Station Hotel, Carlisle, attended by eleven representatives from the North-east, nine from the joint Glasgow, Greenock and Belfast committee, and one from Barrow, expressed themselves unanimously in favour of forming a federation. On 24 April 1896, there was formally established the Employers' Federation of Engineering Associations, now the Engineering Employers' Federation. Dyer was made president and the headquarters were set up in Glasgow, with Biggart and James Robinson, from Newcastle, as joint secretaries.

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