British Employers' Confederation (formerly the National Confederation of Employers' Organisations)

Scope and Content

Formation and constitution, Council and Committee minutes 1919-1965; operational records on industrial relations, wages councils, labour organisations and trade unions, productivity, working conditions, education and training and political and economic conditions; research files, bulletins and circulars; legal papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

The BEC had its origins in the Employers' Advisory Council established in 1917 to consider the issue of industrial and labour relations. The FBI had originally been a member of the Council but concentrated on all issues apart from industrial relations and the two organisations split apart in 1919. The Advisory Council was renamed the National Confederation of Employers' Organisations (NCEO) in March 1919 and became the BEC in 1939. In June 1922 the NCEO moved into new accommodation at Millbank House. A major constitutional difference between the BEC and the FBI was that only employers' organisations could join the BEC rather than individual businesses and firms.

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This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

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