Reference number
  • DOC
Date
  • 1980-1985
Level
  • Collection
Description
  • The research by Professor Lindop comprised two linked projects funded by the ESRC in 1981 and 1983-5. The first project was concerned with the ideas and activities of shop stewards and other trade union activists in the dock industry and their relations with official trade unions, employers, Government and political organisations, especially the Communist Party. The 1972 campaign against container depots and unregistered ports was used as a focus. The second phase was a more general and comparative investigation of trade unionism in the ports of London, Liverpool, Birkenhead and Hull, 1945-67, but with an emphasis on the development of the workplace and unofficial organisation. Particular attention was given to obtaining full accounts of the informal practices of the labour market and to the different attitudes to piecework.

    This material consists of cassette recordings of individual and group interviews with some transcriptions. The majority of the recordings (69 cassettes with 36 transcripts) relate to research into the ideas and activities of trade union activists and their relations with employers, the government and the Communist Party. The 1972 campaign against container depots and unregistered ports was used as the focus. The remainder of the recordings (47 cassettes with 27 transcripts) relate to to a comparative investigation of trade unionism in the ports of London, Liverpool, Birkenhead and Hull, 1945-1967, with an emphasis on the development of the workplace and unofficial organisation.
Extent
  • 14 boxes
Admin history
  • This deposit consists of the research results of two linked projects carried out in 1981 and 1983-5 by Professor Fred Lindop of the University of Greenwich. The research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
Appraisal
  • The papers have been processed and arranged by Qualidata.
Arrangement
  • The material was arranged by the ESRC Qualidata Resource Centre, University of Essex.
Finding aids
  • Authority files exist for the following: Professor Frederick J. Lindop (GB 0152 AAR1157); James Larkin (Jack) Jones (GB 0152 AAR953); Toby Austin Richard William Aldington, 1st Baron Aldington (GB 0152 AAR1536); Maurice Victor Macmillan (GB 0152 AAR1537); John Wynne William Peyton, Baron Peyton of Yeovil (GB 0152 AAR1507); Aldington Jones Committee (GB 0152 AAR1538); Devlin Committee (GB 0152 AAR1575); Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU) (GB 0152 AAR0168); National Amalgamated Stevedores and Dockers' Society (NASD) (GB 0152 AAR0197); Communist Party (GB 0152 AAR1568).
Access Conditions
  • There are no restrictions on access to these papers. However, researchers are required to sign a form at the Modern Records Centre agreeing to the publication conditions.

    Researchers wishing to publish anything based on the material must contact Professor Lindop.
Access status
  • Open
Related Material
  • The Centre also holds the papers of the Transport and General Workers' Union (MSS.126/TG), and the National Amalgamated Stevedores and Dockers' Society (NASD) (MSS.360).
Subject
  • Minorities -- Political activity
  • Docks -- England -- Hull
  • Trade-unions -- Stevedores -- Great Britain
  • Surrey Commercial Docks
  • Strikes and lockouts -- Stevedores -- England
  • Wages -- Stevedores -- Great Britain
  • Docks -- England -- Manchester
  • Stevedores -- Great Britain
  • Docks -- England -- Liverpool
  • Docks -- England -- Birkenhead
  • Docks -- England -- London
  • Communism -- Great Britain
  • Royal Docks