Clearing Bank Union

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1923-87; annual conference papers, 1980-7; some subject files; circulated documents, 1945-54, 1978-9; accounts, 1923-77.

Banking Staff Council: minutes, 1970-8; accounts, 1976-8; some files.

Joint Negotiating Council for Banking: minutes, 1970-87 (incomplete).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Central Council of Bank Staff Associations was established in 1923. It was subsequently renamed the Council of Bank Staff Associations, and in 1977, the Confederation of Bank Staff Associations. It was a member of the Banking Staff Council (1968-78), which in turn was represented on the Joint Negotiating Council for Banking. The CBSA members, the staff associations of Barclays, Lloyds and National Westminster banks, came together in 1980 to form the Clearing Bank Union. After the clearing banks had ended central negotiation for recruitment grades, the CBU was dissolved on the 30th April 1988.

Reference: Richard Storey, Alistair Tough and Christine Woodland, Supplement to the consolidated guide to the Modern Records Centre.Coventry : University of Warwick Library, 1992.

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Researchers to obtain prior written permission of Clearing Bank Union trustees. Restricted to postgraduate research or equivalent.

Custodial History

The initial deposit was made by the Clearing Bank Union in 1986. This and further accruals are listed in detail below.


  • 30th October 1986 : Central Council of Bank Staff Associations : 2 volumes, 1 box, 1 briefcase, delivered by John Cousins, CBU General Secretary [indefinite loan];
  • 29th September 1987 : 4 minute books and 1 account book, delivered by Dr Wingfield, CBU [indefinite loan];
  • 11th May 1988 : 7 boxes of recent records delivered by M. Platt [indefinite loan].