National Union of the Footwear, Leather and Allied Trades

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Series 1: Monthly reports, 1883-1990

Series 2: Conference reports, 1928-1985 (not complete)

Series 3: Rule books, 1961-2002

Series 4: Agreements and other papers, 1892-2003

Series 5: Branch records including Gillingate, Kendal, Kettering district, Kingswood district, Leicester district, London, Northampton and Rushden district, 1909-1978

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Union of Boot and Shoe Rivetters and Finishers was established in 1874. In 1890s the name was changed to the National Union of Boot and Shoe Operatives. In 1971 the union amalgamated with several others to form the National Union of the Footwear, Leather and Allied Trades. In 1991 the National Union of the Footwear, Leather and Allied Trades merged with the National Union of Hoisery Workers and Knitwear to form the National Union of Knitwear, Footwear and Apparel Trades (KFAT). In 2004 the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation merged with KFAT to form Community (Trade Union).

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation.

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Other Finding Aids

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Archivist's Note

These records were catalogued by Kate Hart, Mar 2009, as part of the 'The past meets the present', HLF project. Description compiled by Kate Hart, Jan 2010.

Related Material

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

National Union of the Footwear, Leather and Allied Trades (MSS.438/NUFLAT)

National Union of Knitwear, Footwear and Apparel Trades (MSS.506/KFAT and 597)

National Union of Glovers and Leatherworkers (MSS.359)

National Union of Boot and Shoe Operatives (MSS.547) uncatalogued, accession 2006