Red Clydeside: A history of the labour movement in Glasgow 1910-1932

Political parties and organisations of the Red Clydeside period

National Unemployed Workers Movement

The National Unemployed Workers Movement (NUWM) was originally formed out of the demobilised sailors' and soldiers' associations of 1918. However, as unemployment levels grew throughout the 1920s and 1930s the organisation came under the influence and control of the Communist Party.

image thumbnail Photograph of Harry McShane and fellow National Unemployed Workers Movement members preparing for unemployment march from Glasgow in the 1930s.
Photograph of the Maryhill branch of the National Unemployed Workers Movement flute band marching across Bonhill Bridge in the 1920s. image thumbnail
image thumbnail Cover of booklet entitled 'Our march against the starvation government' by Wal Hannington of the National Unemployed Workers' Movement.
Cover of booklet entitled 'Why are we marching?' by Wal Hannington of the National Unemployed Workers' Movement. image thumbnail
image thumbnail Leaflet entitled 'The Scottish Hunger March - To the workers of Scotland'.
Programme of the NUWM Scottish Miners March to Edinburgh, June 1928. image thumbnail