Wha's like us

W — Workers' rights

Miners' association dinner menu

Ayrshire Miners' Union illuminated menu for a banquet, 1911.


Scotland's central role in the Industrial Revolution placed it at the very heart of political and social activism to improve and protect the rights of the less privileged in society.

Internationally renowned activists include James Keir Hardie (1856-1915), John MacLean (1879-1923) and the Red Clydesiders.

But many anonymous Scottish men and women have contributed to a global movement through their involvement in trade unions and the promotion of shared values of mutual help, education and literacy. 

Together they have made an attempt to build a more egalitarian society regardless of gender, creed, race or religion.


An ABC of Scotland

Workers' rights was just one of the 'W' topics in our alphabetical exhibition celebrating some of the outstanding achievements by Scotland and Scots.

'Wha's like us?' ran from 13 December 2013 to 18 May 2014.

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