Poor Law Workers' Trade Union

Scope and Content

Council and other minutes, 1919-1929; Monthly Notes, 1920-1921.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Poor Law Workers' Trade Union was established on 7 Dec 1918. Amalgamation negotiations with the National Asylum Workers' Union in the early 1920s came to nothing and were followed by a change of name in 1922 to the Poor Law Officers' Union. Following the Local Government Act of 1929, the Union became the National Union of County Officers. Following the recommendations of the Beveridge Report (1942), the NUCO became the Hospitals and Welfare Services Union. This amalgamated with the Mental Hospital and Institutional Workers' Union in 1946 to form the Confederation of Health Service Employees.

Reference: M. Carpenter, All for one. Banstead : COHSE, 1980.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/using/

Acquisition Information

The initial deposit was made by COHSE in October 1981. Subsequent deposits were made in 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1993.

Other Finding Aids

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.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

National Asylum Workers' Union / Mental Hospital and Institutional Workers' Union

National Union of County Officers / Hospital and Welfare Services Union (HWSU)

Confederation of Health Service Employees

See also National and Local Government Officers' Association (NALGO).

See also the National Poor Law Officers' Association (NPLOA)