National Asylum Workers Union,Members Badge
A rare members badge for the National Asylum Workers Union.Founded in 1910,The new union’s slogan, “All for one and one for all: thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself”, was adopted early on at the same meeting, at the Boar’s Head Hotel, Preston, on 24 September 1910, at which the union was named. The first half of the slogan can be seen on the union’s badge.
By July 1912, the NAWU had 5,400 members and a paid general secretary, the Rev HMS Bankart, a former mental hospital chaplain. It affiliated to the Labour Party in 1915 and to the TUC in 1923.The union changed its name in 1930 to the Mental Hospital and Institutional Workers Union before becoming COHSE in 1946. The brass and enamel badge is in good overall condition with pin and clasp fitting intact.Unmarked to rear.Height 28mm