Memorandum of agreement between John Milne and Co. Ltd, Dyce, Aberdeen, and the National Union of General and Municipal Workers, re. wages and conditions of employment at Dyce Works, Aberdeen, 13 Jul 1939.
Records of the National Union of General and Municipal Workers (Aberdeen Branch)
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- Dates of Creation1939
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- Language of MaterialEnglish.
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In 1920 there were 10 separate branches of the General and Municipal Workers' Union in Aberdeen, each representing different membership sections, viz. Gas workers; electricity workers; lighting, links and parks and bathing departments; cleansing, streets and roads, quarries, city hospitals and watchmen; building trade labourers; slaters' labourers; harbour, combworks, bobbinmills and sawmills; chemical, seedcrushing, soap and candle works, manure and fish products; red leaders and boiler scalers; shipbuilding, engineering and general labourers. A number of older, sectional unions merged with the G.M.W.U. in the early twentieth century.
Hugh Armstrong Clegg, General Union; a study of the National Union of General and Municipal Workers (Oxford, 1954) and the Union's own publication Sixty years of the National Union of General and Municipal Workers, 1889 - 1949 (London, 1949) contain more details about the organisation.
Further information about the development of the trade union movement and the history of individual trade unions in Aberdeen can be found in William Diack, History of the Trades Council and the Trade Union Movement in Aberdeen (Aberdeen: Aberdeen Trades Council, 1939), and in Kenneth D. Buckley, Trade Unionism in Aberdeen 1870 - 1900 (Edinburgh and London: Oliver and Boyd, 1955). Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade Unions, 4 vols (Aldershot: Gower, 1980 - 1984) also contains useful information about the development of individual unions, at both the national and local level. Summarised details from each of these sources has been used in compiling this collection level description.
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Deposited in the University in 1968, by D.H. Riddell, Secretary, National Union of General and Municipal Workers.
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