Reference number
  • AUW
Date
  • 1970-1986
Level
  • Collection
Description
  • Executive Council Minutes 1973-1984; Agendas and Conference Papers 1977-1983; Correspondence 1970-1983; National Conference Reports 1971-1984; Executive Council Reports 1975-1985; Rule Books; Election Addresses 1972-1985; Summer Schools, Promotional Material; The Way for Women and Youth 1968-1978; Annual Reports 1983-1995; Publications. Also District and Branch Records for the Accrington Branch of the AUEW.
Extent
  • 67 boxes (64 [MSS.259], 3 [807])
Admin history
  • The Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers was formed in 1970 through the merging of three Unions, the Amalgamated Union of Engineering and Foundry Workers (formerly the AEU), the Draughtsmen's and Allied Technician's Association and the Constructional Engineering Union.

    The Union was organised in sections: the Technical and Supervisory Section; the Constructional Section; the Foundry Section and the Engineering Section. In 1976 the Amalgamated Springworkers and Allied Trades amalgamated with the Union. In 1983 the British Roll Turners' Trade Society amalgamated with the Union. Each section of the Union was to retain its own organisation but work together through one National Executive Council with the purpose of eventually forming one engineering Union. Ultimately the amalgamation was not successful and in 1985 the Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section left while the Construction and Foundry Sections transferred their engagements to the Engineering Section and the Union was renamed the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers - Engineering, Foundry and Construction Section. The union changed its name to the Amalgamated Engineering Union in May 1986. The AEU and the EETPU merged to form the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (AEEU) in 1992.
    Gavin Laird was elected General Secretary of the AUEW in 1982 and then the AEU/AEEU until 1994.
    Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade Unions Volume 2 (London, 1982).
Appraisal
  • This collection has been weeded for duplicates.
Finding aids
  • A copy of this catalogue is available at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

    An authority record exists for the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (GB 0152 AAR0512); the Amalgamated Engineering Union (1986-92) (GB 0152 AAR0511); the Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section (GB 0152 AAR0515); the Draughtsmens' and Allied Technicians' Association (GB 0152 AAR0516); the Constructional Engineering Union (GB 0152 AAR0518) and the Amalgamated Union of Engineering and Foundry Workers (GB 0152 AAR0519).
Access Conditions
  • There is a closure period of 30 years on all unpublished material. Some papers of this collection are subject to the Data Protection Act.
Access status
  • Open
Related Material
  • The Centre also holds records of: Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers Construction Section, earlier the Constructional Engineering Union; the Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section (TASS), earlier the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section) and predecessors.
Subject
  • Foundry workers Labor unions-- Great Britain
Physical description
  • This paper collection is in very good condition.