Dock, Wharf, Riverside and General Workers' Union of Great Britain and Ireland

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Various series of minutes, 1890-1922; annual reports, 1889-1919; Dockers' Record, 1901-14, 1916-21.

Administrative / Biographical History

Founded after the great dock strike in 1889 on the organisational basis established by the Tea Operatives and General Labourers' Association from 1887, the union initiated the amalgamation which resulted in the formation of the Transport and General Workers' Union.

Reference: K. Coates and T. Topham, The making of the labour movement. The formation of the Transport and General Workers' Union 1870-1922. Oxford : Basil Blackwell Ltd., 1991.

Conditions Governing Access

Prior written permission to consult the archive is required. Researchers should apply to the Mr R. Scott, TGWU, Transport House, Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JD.

Archivist's Note

An authority file exists for this corporate body (GB 152 AAR174).

See also papers in the Centre relating to Ben Tillett, the dockers' leader (MSS.74) and (|MSS.330).

Custodial History

As a predecessor of the Transport and General Workers' Union the initial deposit was made in 1976 by that union. Accruals to the deposit are listed under the entry for the Transport and General Workers' Union (MSS.126/TG) . The archive has been deposited in the Centre on indefinite loan.

Personal Names