Papers of Arthur Smart, trade unionist

Scope and Content

Electricity Supply Industry: Agreements between companies or boards and unions relating to wages and conditions: National Joint Industrial Council publications and minutes, 1977-1988; company or board publications; maps; government publications.

Cement Industry: Agreements between companies and unions relating to wages and conditions; sundry publications.

Pilkington's Glass Ltd.: National Joint Industrial Council constitution and agreement; National Joint Industrial Council publications.

National Union of General Municipal Workers: Publications, principally handbooks for officers and shop stewards.

Others: Ford Motor Company, National Joint Industrial Council agreement; ICI, National Joint Industrial Council agreement; Kingston Area Productivity Association programme, 1964-1965; various publications; lecture.

Administrative / Biographical History

Arthur Smart was a prominent member of the General and Municipal Workers' Union (GMWU), Southern District. He held the following offices during his 45 years of membership, 1924-1969: from 1924, member of Council House Branch, Birmingham; 1942-1944, full time officer of the GMWU, Birmingham Region; 1944, temporarily transferred to the Southern Region. Smart remained in the Southern Region and served on many National Joint Industrial Councils in Exeter, Plymouth and London. Member of the Joint Industrial Council (Electricity Supply) for 20 years; Trade Union Side Secretary of Southern and Southern District Joint Industrial Councils and member of the London District Council for 20 years; member of the National Joint Industrial Council for the Cement Manufacturing Industry for 18 years; Secretary of the Trade Union side of the DTIC, Thames and Medway for 10 years; member of the National Joint Industrial Council for the Glass Bottle Industry for 19 years; member of the Pilkington National Council for 10 years; member of the Cafe Wages Council for 7 years; Secretary of the Southern Region of the Trades Union Congress for 11 years.

Reference: Information provided by Arthur Smart.


The collection is uncatalogued.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by Arthur Smart in 1980.

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This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.