Papers of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Agreements, subject files and reports, 1948-1984, including material on furnace-lining disputes at Llanwern Steelworks, 1959-1977 (MSS.78/UC/3/9).

Administrative / Biographical History

On 1 July 1971 the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers and Painters and the Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers amalgamated to form the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers, Painters and Builders. In December 1971 the new union changed its name to the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians.

Reference: Leslie M. Wood, A Union to Build: The story of UCATT (London : UCATT, 1979).

Arrangement

All parts of the archive of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians have the reference number MSS.78. They have then been subdivided by an abbreviation relating to each union's name, e.g. 78/AU refers to the papers of the Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers and 78/UC refers to the papers of UCATT itself.

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

Papers dated post-1980 are closed.

Acquisition Information

The initial deposit was made by UCATT in 1974, with further deposits being made in 1975, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1989.

Other Finding Aids

The collection was partially catalogued by Alistair Tough in October 1983. A copy of this catalogue 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.

An authority record exists for the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (GB 152 AAR0431).

Conditions Governing Use

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

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.

Accruals

Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

The Centre also holds the records of many of UCATT's predecessors, covering all aspects of the construction industry (MSS.78). The papers of UCATT's London Region and its predecessors from the other unions are held separately (MSS.170).

In addition, the Centre holds the papers of the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (Construction Section) and its predecessor the Constructional Engineering Union (MSS.273), the Bridgebuilding and Constructional Engineering Employers' Association (MSS.237/6/B and MSS.288/B), the Engineering Construction Industry Association (MSS.91/ECIA), the National Engineering Construction Employers' Association (MSS.91/NECEA) and the Construction Industry Training Board (MSS.351)

Geographical Names