National Guild of Telephonists... National Guild of Telephonists, 1958-1970
Conference agendas, 1958-70; manuscript notes by J.E. Fitzgerald, general secretary; file of H.D. Hughes as mediator, 1965-9.
The National Guild of Telephonists, which broke away from the Union of Post Office Workers in 1928, aimed throughout its existence to represent the telephonist grades within the Post Office which were also represented by the Union of Post Office Workers. The Terrington Committee, established in 1951, felt this was undesirable and from 1965 pressure was put on the National Guild of Telephonists to amalgamate with the Union of Post Office Workers. Amalgamation was rejected in 1967 but negotiations continued until 1970 when the Post Office withdrew recognition from the National Guild of Telephonists. Some of its members transferred to the Union of Post Office Workers. The name of the remaining organisation was changed to the Telecommunications Staff Association.
Reference: Alan Clinton, Post Office Workers : a trade union and social history (London, 1984).
The Centre also holds records of the NGTs predecessor, the Telecommunications Staff Association.
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