Reference number
  • CEU
Date
  • 1918-1986
Level
  • Collection
Description
  • Records including: rule books and related records, 1924-1981; executive council minutes, 1924-1984; executive council reports, 1975-1981; conference minutes, reports, etc, 1939-1983; agreements concerning rates and conditions, with related papers, 1938-1979; members registration books, 1918-1927; 'Quarterly Journal'/'Journal'/'Construction Worker', 1925-1984.
Extent
  • 13 boxes (2 [MSS.259], 11 [MSS.273])
Admin history
  • The Constructional Engineering Union was formed in 1924. The British Iron, Steel and Kindred Trades Association (BISAKTA), the central association of the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation (ISTC), agreed to allow members who worked in engineering construction to leave the Association to form the Constructional Engineering Union. The union represented various engineering construction workers, including steel erectors, riggers, crane drivers, scaffolders, fitters and welders.
    In April 1970, it became the Construction Section of the newly formed Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (AUEW). Finally, a full merger was achieved in 1986 when the union became the Amalgamated Engineering Union.

    Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade Unions, Volume 3 (1987).
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 Constructional Engineering Union (GB 0152 AAR0518); The British Iron, Steel and Kindred Trades Association (BISAKTA) (GB 0152 AAR1252); Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers(GB 0152 AAR0512); Iron and Steel Trades Confederation (ISTC) (GB 0152 AAR1248)
Access Conditions
  • There is a thirty year closure on all unpublished material, and a seventy-five year closure on personal papers.
Access status
  • Open
Related Material
  • The Cente also holds records of: the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation (ISTC), the British Iron, Steel and Kindred Trades Association (BISAKTA) and predecessors; the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers; the Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section (TASS), earlier the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section) and predecessors
Subject
  • Machinists-- Labor unions-- Great Britain
  • Labor unions-- Great Britain
  • Construction workers--Labor unions--Great Britain
  • Mechanics (persons)-- Labour unions- Great Britain
  • Iron and Steel industry
  • Labor unions-- Rules and protest-- Great Britain
Physical description
  • The papers in this collection are in good condition.