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Trade unions have always used colourful banners to highlight their presence and values at marches, parades and demonstrations. Traditional banners often contain symbolism to highlight values of unity, solidarity, strength and compassion. Some were designed from standard templates while others are original works of art.

The images are often of the particular trade or occupation. They may also include local landmarks.

If you have information on the banners included please let us know. If you have other pictures of South West union banners please send them to [email protected] and we shall add them to the gallery.

Trade union march through Taunton in the 1900s

The family tree of trade unions is a complicated one but the gallery tries to link the unions with their heritage.

Procession of banners at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival 2017

photo: Jess Hurd

South West Trade Union Banner Gallery

Public and Commercial Services Union represents members throughout the civil service, government agencies and related private organisations.


GMB is a general union providing back up, representation and advice on every issue related to life at work.

Fire Brigades Union is the democratic, professional voice of firefighters and other workers within fire and rescue services across the UK.

University and College Union was formed by the merger in 2006 of the AUT and the NATFHE.


Communication Workers Union represents people working for telephone, cable, DSL and postal delivery companies.

Education unions – NASUWT and NEU (and its forerunners ATL and NUT).

Labour Party banners from around the South West.


National Union of Mineworkers was once Britain’s largest union. It represented miners in Bristol, Somerset and Forest of Dean coalfields.

Unison represents staff who provide public services in the public and private sector. Formed in 1993 when COHSE, NALGO and NUPE merged.

ASLEF, TSSA, RMT and its forerunners.

Trades Union Councils bring union delegates together at local level, to build solidarity, community links and campaign.

Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers represents workers in retail, distributive, manufacturing and service sectors.

Unite and some of the unions that formed it: Amicus, TGWU, UCATT and their forerunners inlcuding a great selection of agricultural union banners.

A selection of other banners from the South West.