National Union of Gas Workers and General Labourers

Scope and Content

Series 1: annual reports, 1889-1924

Series 2: minute books, 1889-1892

Series 3: conference reports

Series 4: rule books

Series 5: other papers

Series 6: branch records including Barking branch, Bromley East branch, Leeds and Sheffield district, Nottingham branch and Reading branch

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1889 the National Union of Gas Workers and General Labourers of Great Britian and Ireland was formed. In 1912 it changed its name to the National Union of Gas and General Workers and in 1916 to the National Union of General Workers. Between 1890-1916 there were many mergers with lots of smaller general unions. In 1924 it amalgamated with the National Amalgamated Union of Labour and the Municipal Employees Association to become the National Union of General and Municipal Workers.

(Historical Directory of Trade Unions, Vol 5 pg 483)

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Related Material

Other records are available at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick:

National Union of Gasworkers and General Labourers reports, 1889-1916 (incomplete).

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