National Union of Paper Mill Workers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1891-7, 1913-15; report, 1900.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Union of Paper Mill Workers was founded in 1890 to cater for unskilled mill workers who were not covered by the Amalgamated Society of Papermakers. It is believed that at some time during its existence the National Union of Paper Mill Workers absorbed the Vellum and Parchment Makers' Society. On several occasions the National Union of Paper Mill Workers sought an amalgamation with the Amalgamated Society of Papermakers but were met by rejection each time. As a result the National Union of Paper Mill Workers entered into negotiations with the National Amalgamated Society of Printers' Warehousemen and Cutters. The two unions amalgamated in 1914 to form the National Union of Paper Workers (amended almost immediately to the National Union of Printing and Paper Workers). In 1894 the National Union of Paper Mill Workers received the remaining funds of the Scottish Operative Papermakers' Trade Protection Society which had ceased to function in 1873.

Reference: C.J. Bundock, The Story of the National Union of Printing, Bookbinding and Paper Workers.Oxford, 1959

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Open

Archivist's Note

An authority file exists for this corporate body.

Custodial History

The records of the National Union of Paper Mill Workers were deposited along with those of the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades on the 12th August 1994.