Post Office Engineering Union Research Department

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1915-84; annual, special, and rules revision conference agendas and minutes, 1916-84; official letters received, 1924-55; branch circulars, 1916-70; some papers of Whitley Councils, 1919-69; annual accounts, 1936-52; research department files incl. wage rates, 1946-88; subject files incl. wage claims, 1924-80, Future Development Committee, 1980s; publications, 1915-84; journals, 1916-84; rule books, 1896-1948; other publications, 1855-1978; some branch records, 1915-37; London regional records, 1925-68; press-cuttings, 1909-61.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Post Office Amalgamated Engineering and Stores Association was founded in 1915 when the Post Office Engineering and Stores Association merged with the Amalgamated Society of Telephone Employees. In 1919 it became the Post Office Engineering Union. In 1925 it absorbed the Post Office Telegraph Mechanicians' Society. In 1985 POEU amalgamated with the Postal and Telecommunications Group of the Civil and Public Services Association to form the National Communications Union. In January 1995 the Union of Communication Workers and the National Communications Union merged to form the Communication Workers' Union.

Reference: 75 years. A short history of the POEU. POEU, 1962; F. Bealey, The Post Office Engineering Union : the history of the Post Office Engineers, 1870-1970. London, 1976.

Access Information

Once catalogued, this collection will be available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Other Finding Aids

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Custodial History

The Post Office Engineering Union Research Department's papers form part of the archive of the National Communications Union. The initial deposit relating to this archive was made in July 1976 and accruals are listed under the entry for the National Communications Union (MSS.135C).