Papers of the National Union of Civil and Public Servants

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Annual reports, 1987-1994; some group and section annual reports, 1990-1993; conference minutes, reports and agenda, 1988-1995; rules, 1988; group directories, 1988-1996; The National Union Journal, 1988-1994; various issues of group and section journals (including Grapevine, Avanti, Comment, Customs and Excise Group Journal, Focus, Agenda, Defence News and Satellite), 1988-1996; various guides and briefing pamphlets.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Union of Civil and Public Servants (NUCPS) was formed in 1988 by the amalgamation of the Civil Service Union (CSU) and the Society of Civil and Public Servants (SCPS). On 1 January 1996 it amalgamated with the Inland Revenue Staff Federation (IRSF) to form the Public Services, Tax and Commerce Union (PTC), a merger agreed in October 1994.

The NUCPS represented executive, directing, support, manual and industrial grades of the Civil Service and other public organisations (including the Post Office, Girobank, the British Airports Authority, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Crown Agents, British Nuclear Fuels Ltd, the UK Atomic Energy Authority, the National Computer Centre, national museums and galleries, the Palace of Westminster, and civilian staff employed by the armed forces, the Prison Service and the Metropolitan Police). These grades included, among others, executive officers, immigration officers, customs officers, instructors, communications staff, technicians, craftsmen, Coastguards up to the rank of District Officer, Royal Parks Constabulary officers up to the rank of Chief Superintendent, foresters, storekeepers, catering staff, cleaners, security officers, messengers, paperkeepers, library assistants, museum warders and sales staff, court ushers, laboratory assistants, photographic and reprographic staff and Metropolitan Police traffic wardens.


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

The archive was deposited by the Public and Commercial Services Union in September 2000.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

Authority records exist for the National Union of Civil and Public Servants (GB 152 AAR1365), Public Services, Tax and Commerce Union (GB 152 AAR1689), Society of Civil and Public Servants (GB 152 AAR0775), Civil Service Union (GB 152 AAR1364) and Inland Revenue Staff Federation (GB 152 AAR1242).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This archive has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

The Centre also holds the archives of the Public and Commercial Services Union and many of its other predecessors (MSS.415).