Papers of Eric Hammond, General Secretary of the EETPU

Scope and Content

Papers on subjects including the 1984-1985 miners' strike, trade union ballots and legislation, single union and no-strike agreements, nuclear power, Isle of Grain dispute and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) dispute.

Administrative / Biographical History

Eric Albert Barrett Hammond (1929-2009), was born in Kent and served his apprenticeship as an electrician with Bowaters. He joined the Labour Party in 1947 and in 1984 succeeded Frank Chapple as the General Secretary of the EETPU. He caused controversy in the union movement and was accused of being 'right wing' when he introduced 'no strike' agreements with employers and refused to support the NUM in its lengthy strike in 1984. He was also heavily involved in the Wapping dispute and sided with News International by helping to run the new plant. During his leadership the suspension of the EETPU from the TUC took place.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

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Custodial History

These papers were deposited by John Lloyd in 2012.