Reference number
  • GCH
  • 1972-1997
  • Collection
  • The archive of the GCHQ Trade Union Campaign includes minutes of members' meetings, 1984-97; Campaign Team minutes, 1992-6; subject files (including re disciplinary action, 1986-9); general correspondence, 1984-97; 'Warning Signal', 1984-97; and campaign leaflets, 1984-97.
  • 12 boxes
Admin history
  • The GCHQ trade union campaign began after the decision by the Conservative government in January 1984 to ban unions at the GCHQ (Government Communications Head Quarters) intelligence gathering centre in Cheltenham. Eventually 14 workers were dismissed because of their refusal to resign their union membership. The GCHQ campaign became one of the most important trade union issues during the 1980s and 1990s. With the election of a Labour government in May 1997, the rights of trade unionists at GCHQ were partially restored and the campaign ended.
    Reference: Hugh Lanning and Richard Norton-Taylor, 'A conflict of loyalties: GCHQ 1984-1991' (Cheltenham, 1991).
  • This collection has been weeded for duplicates.
Finding aids
  • An authority record exists for the GCHQ (GB 0152 AAR2240).
Access status
  • Open
Related Material
  • Researchers will also find material on the GCHQ campaign in the registry files of the TUC, which are held at the Centre (ref. MSS.292D/253.144, boxes 905-911), though a ten year closure restriction applies to TUC files. In addition, there is a small deposit of campaign publications, 1984-7, in the Miscellaneous Series (ref. MSS.21/2018/1-8).