Post Office Engineering Union

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

NEC minutes, 1915-84; various minutes, 1916-84; financial records, 1938-46; circulars, 1915-60; memoranda, 1932-85; negotiations files, 1924-69; correspondence, 1914-85; journal, 1916-73; rules, 1916-48; other publications, 1855-1978; London regional records, 1925-68; press cuttings, 1909-61; photographs, 1889-1961.

Engineering Officers' (Telecommunications) Association : journal, The Engineering Officer, 1946-53; Cardiff branch newsheet, 1948; some pamphlets.

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.

The Engineering Officers' (Telecommunications) Association was a breakaway union whose members defected from the Post Office Engineering Union in 1945. After the Terrington Committee recommended closer association between unions in the Post Office, the Association was dissolved and its membership returned to the Post Office Engineering 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.

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Open

Archivist's Note

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme which is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000). For further details see the Centre's web pages.

The archive has been given the classification MSS.135 together with a unique suffix to indicate that it is a constituent part of the papers of the National Communications Union (now itself part of the Communication Workers' Union). In the case of the Post Office Engineering Union there are two suffixes, one for the initial deposit (MSS.135/EU) and one for a later deposit of paper (MSS.135B). Both these sets of papers are covered by this collection level description. The archive also holds some papers of the Engineering Officers' (Telecommunications) Association. A large amount of material relating to the Post Office Engineering Union is located amongst the files of its Research Department (MSS.135B/RD). There are also several related deposits at the Modern Records Centre and these are listed under the entry for the National Communications Union (MSS.135C).

An authority file exists for the Post Office Engineering Union (GB 0152 AAR1060) and its predecessor, the Post Office Amalgamated Engineering and Stores Association (GB 152 AAR1061). An authority file also exists for the Engineering Officers' (Telecommunications) Association (GB 152 AAR1146).

Custodial History

The Post Office Engineering Union'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).