Signed Wages Arbitration Books (volumes I and II) for the Great Western Railway
CHURCHILL, Winston S.
Great Western Railway, 1909.
Two volumes, small folio, bound in leather, tooled with gilt, all edges gilt. Both volumes inscribed by Churchill on the front free end papers. Winston Churchill was President of the Board of Trade from 12th April 1908 to 14th February 1910 and took an active role in bringing about the radical social reforms of the Liberal Government. His direct achievements at the Board of Trade were considerable particularly in employment law. He was responsible for the Mines Act 1908, which provided for an 8-hour day in all mines and the Trades Boards Act 1909, which established the first minimum wage system in Britain, mandating rates for both time-and piece-work for 200,000 workers in several industries, Churchill was able to get Conservative support for this and the Bill "passed without a division." These volumes represent Churchill's active role in the introduction of the first minimum wage system in Britain and the considerable part he played in the great reforming Liberal Government of 1905-1915. The books were presented to Mr R.R.P Glover as representative of the GWR and have passed down through the family. Housed in contemporary boxes. In fine condition apart from a little scuffing to the front board of Volume II.