Indian Communists and Trade Unionists on Trial: The Meerut Conspiracy, 1929-1933

Selected files from the William Gillies papers

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William Gillies (1885-1958) was the first International Secretary of the Labour Party between 1920 and 1944. These selected files, housed at the Labour History Archive & Study Centre, Manchester, offer a unique window into the national, and largely negative, reaction to the arrest and sentencing of the Meerut prisoners. Split across two documents, the first comprises the multitudinous petitions and resolutions passed by national and regional bodies in support of the accused. The second contains mainly correspondence which serves to highlight the Labour Party's struggle - as the party in power throughout much of the trial - to simultaneously placate domestic trade union demands whilst distancing themselves from any communist elements associated with the case, such as the League Against Imperialism.

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Meerut prisoners resolutions

  • Contributor: Labour History Archive & Study Centre
  • Reference: 72696c-01
  • Keyword:  indian british colonial politics unions
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Meerut prisoners correspondence

  • Contributor: Labour History Archive & Study Centre
  • Reference: 72696c-02
  • Keyword:  indian british colonial politics unions
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