Chrysler UK Shop Stewards

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Rootes AEU shop stewards' minutes, 1964-86; joint shop stewards' minutes, 1960-84; papers re pay and productivity, etc., 1968-84; Humber Joint Production Consultative and Advisory Committee minutes, 1949; Chrysler Combine minutes, 1976-8 (incomplete); various joint Chrysler / shop steward committee minutes, 1976-9; minutes of meetings re Stoke Plant Pay and Productivity Agreement, 1971; minutes of meetings with European trades unionists, 1979-80; subject files incl. pay and productivity, participation; agreements, 1967-87.

Administrative / Biographical History

The records reflect two changes of ownership and management style, a period of severe industrial relations problems, made more difficult by external economic and trading conditions, and the closure of the Linwood plant, 1981.

Reference: S Young & N. Hood, Chrysler UK. A corporation in transition.New York, 1977 ; J. Wood, Wheels of misfortune. The rise and fall of the British motor industry.London, 1988 ; J. Bullock, The Rootes brothers : story of a motoring empire.1993.

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Open.

Archivist's Note

The archive has been catalogued to file level. A copy of this catalogue is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. Coventry City Record Office has a significant deposit of Rootes records (Acc. 1690). The Museum of British Road Transport, Coventry holds Rootes Group commercial and technical material.

Custodial History

A major deposit of Rootes/Chrysler/Peugeot Talbot shop stewards' records deriving from David Edwards, TGWU convenor and Coventry city councillor, was made in May 1992. In addition to minutes, the deposit includes much company documentation, especially from the period of Chrysler UK (1964-78).

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