The Sheffield site where a rail trade union was formed 125 years ago will receive an official plaque this coming Monday, 5 December.
Trade unionists from the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) will unveil a plaque at the Wicker Pharmacy, Sheffield, on Monday 5 December to mark the spot where the rail union was formed 125 years ago this year.
TSSA was founded on 9 May 1897 at the Wilberforce Café, Sheffield. On 5 December 2022 a plaque will be unveiled at the Wicker Pharmacy, the building that now stands on the site of the Wilberforce Café, to mark the 125th anniversary of the union.
Where: Wicker Pharmacy, 55 The Wicker, Sheffield, S3 8HT
When: 14:30, Monday 5 December
Who: Past and present TSSA leaders and members
TSSA Interim General Secretary, Frank Ward, said: “This is a historic year for our union and the unveiling of this plaque will mark the close of a year of celebrations. There aren’t many unions that can trace their history in this way so we’re very proud of our record on this front.
“The beautiful plaque will be a lasting addition to Sheffield’s rich trade union and labour history and we hope it will be a site of interest for generations to come.”
On 9 May 1897 the first formal meeting of National Association of General Railway Clerks (renamed RCA in 1899) took place at the Wilberforce Café, Sheffield. Charles Basset-Vincent became the first General Secretary.
The National Association of General Railway Clerks became the Railway Clerks’ Association in 1899; then, in 1951, following the changes that took place in the transport industry during the post-war period, the current title of TSSA was adopted.