National Union of Vehicle Workers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Executive Committee minutes, circulars (very incomplete), 1914-15; branch 107 minutes, 1906-1918; branch 24 minutes, 1889-1914, 1919-1923; rules, 1912

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Union of Vehicle Workers was formed as the London Carmen's Trade Union in 1888. By 1892 the union's membership had declined from an initial figure of 6,000 to 2,000. The membership of the union rose again in the period 1895-1910. The London Carmen's Trade Union originally represented carters of East End traffic to and from docks and warehouses. The union had a tradition of collaboration with other unions and in 1911 delegates were sent to the first General Council meeting of the National Transport Workers' Federation. The General Secretary of the union, Sam March, sat on the Executive Council of the National Transport Workers' Federation. The London Carmen's Trade Union was strongly influenced by syndicalism and its members were prominent in the 1911 strikes in London. The failure of the 1912 London transport workers' strikes however resulted in a significant loss of membership from 8,000 members in the union to half that number in 1913. In the same year the union changed its name to the National Union of Vehicle Workers (NUVW) . The NUVW was one of the founding members of the Transport and General Workers' Union and played a significant role in bringing road haulage workers into the new union.

Reference: Ken Coates and Tony Topham, The making of the Transport and General Workers' Union: the emergence of the labour movement 1870-1922, volume 1 (1991, Oxford)

Arrangement

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

Written permission from the Transport and General Workers' Union is required prior to access. Please contact the Centre for further details.

Acquisition Information

This archive was deposited at the Centre by the Transport and General Workers' Union in May 2000.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level description and a box list of the deposit are available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom.

Authority records exist for the London Carmen's Trade Union (GB 152 AAR0183) and for the National Union of Vehicle Workers (GB 152 AAR0182).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

No destruction has taken place of material in this collection.

Accruals

Further deposits are not expected.