National Union of General and Municipal Workers

Scope and Content

Series 1 - reports and minutes, 1924-1979

Series 2 - congress reports, 1932-1983

Series 3 - rules books

Series 4 - other papers

Series 5 - Branch records including Birchover branch, Bolton branch, Brassington branch, Buxton branch, Jarrow branch, Liverpool and North Wales district, Midlands and East Coast district and Sheffield district and other branches

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1924 the National Union of Gas Workers and General Labourers amalgamated with the National Amalgamated Union of Labour and the Municipal Employees Association to become the National Union of General and Municipal Workers. In 1974 it changed its name to the General and Municipal Workers' Union. In 1982 it amalgamated with the Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Blacksmiths, Shipbuilders and Structural Workers to become GMBATU and later the GMB.

(Historical Directory of Trade Unions, vol 5 pg 486)

Access Information

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Related Material

Other records are available at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick:

National Union of General and Municipal Workers, 1919-1986