Employers correspondence: Inward

Scope and Content

This sub-series consists of correspondence between BOCSPA and the spinning companies and the local employers' associations, especially the Bolton Master Cotton Spinners Association (BMCSA). After the First World War the BMCSA usually dealt directly with the Association about disputes at particular firms.

The correspondence deals with a panoply of industrial relations issues, including wages and wage lists, working conditions, disciplinary matters, health and safety, `bad spinning' and `fine wrapping' disputes, and strikes and lockouts.

From c. 1930 the correspondence also includes copies of the Association's replies, thereby duplicating much of the material found in BCS1/5/4. For the years 1961-1964, some employers' correspondence is filed in the general correspondence series. The series is an invaluable source of information about the application of wage lists in practice, working conditions in the mule rooms, relationships between employers and unions, and relationships within the mill, including those within the spinning team.


Arranged alphabetically by company and organisation, as indicated in the list of contents for each file. Note that an entry for one company may include material on more than one mill. The location of companies outside the Bolton area is indicated in square brackets. Most correspondence with employers involved the intermediation of the Bolton Master Cotton Spinners' Association, hence much of the correspondence is with this organisation. BMCSA material is filed under its own heading when it involved a) direct correspondence with BOCSPA on general industrial issues; b) an issue or dispute which involved more than one company, where it was more convenient to file under the employers' association. Where a spinning company formed part of a larger conglomerate (e.g. Fine Cotton Spinners and Doublers Association Ltd, Lancashire Cotton Corporation) the correspondence is normally filed under the subsidiary company, not the parent company.