The GFTU is a national trade union federation in the UK with 35 affiliated specialist unions. The GFTU was established in 1899 at the Trades Union Congress in Manchester with the goal of creating a strike fund for affiliated unions. Into the 20th century, the GFTU became the federation for smaller craft and industry unions, and played a significant role in providing welfare services for affiliates. The GFTU now concentrates on education, research, and practical support services. The Federation also has a publishing arm, Workable Books, and the majority of their archives are held at the Bishopsgate Institute.