National Engineering Construction Employers' Association

Scope and Content

Proposed NECEA/OCPCA merger, 1986-1993; Capital project Clients' Group Liaison Committee minutes and papers, 1982-1990; Executive Committee minutes and papers, 1982-1994; Finance & General Purposes minutes and papers, 1982-1994; Industrial Relations Committee minutes and papers, 1988-1993; Manpower & Training Committee, minutes and papers, 1985-1992; Health and Safety Committee minutes and papers, 1983-1994; Industrial Relations Committee minutes and papers, 1983-1993; Manpower & Training Committee minutes and papers, 1985-1992; National Joint Council Training Committee minutes and papers, 1981-1992; Non-Nominated Sector Committee minutes and papers, 1981-1992; Regional Secretaries Committee minutes and papers, 1989-1994; Structural Steelwork Sector Committee minutes and papers, 1989-1992; management accounts 1983-1985. Subject files including: BNFL projects, 1983-1992; Drax (power station for Central Electricity Generating Board] completion project, 1981-1984; Energy Strategy Programme, 1992-1994; Enron power station, Teesside, 1990-1992; Erector and scaffolder appeals, 1987-1990; Industrial Tribunal case files, 1981-1992; Kilroot Power Station, c. 1983-1989; National Joint Council Jet Culham project, 1978-1991; Repair and Maintenance Working party, 1979-1982; Strikes and Industrial Action reports, 1983-1994; Teesside Contractors' Group and Joint Council minutes and paper, 1988-1994; Tioxide UK, ICON project in Teesside, 1988. Annual reports, 1985-1987.

As a result of the various union amalgamations referred to in the administrative history, some material pre-dates the formation of the NECEA in 1982.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Engineering Construction Employers' Association (NECEA) was formed in March 1982.

The origins of the association date back to 1918, and the formation of a Central Employers' Committee to represent companies operating in the engineering construction sector.

In 1921, a National Association was set up to represent those involved in steelwork erection. Although this Association was then dissolved in 1926, the Central Committee of the original Association continued to function, eventually becoming known as the Site Contractors' Policy Committee.

Over the years the Site Contractors' Policy Committee operated separate agreements for steel erection, steam generating plant erection and steel plate erection. However, in 1974, the Mechanical Construction Engineering Agreement was negotiated, the first national agreement for the engineering construction industry. When this expired in November 1981, it was absorbed into the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry, and a short time later, the NECEA was created. (Source: NECEA Annual Report 1987).

On 1 April 1994, the NECEA merged with the Oil and Chemical Plant Constructors' Association (OCPA) to form the Engineering Construction Industry Association (ECIA).

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited by the ECIA in 1996. NOW MOVED TO EXTERNAL STORE AT LEAMINGTON SPA

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Related Material

The related records of the Refractory Users' Federation (MSS.91), the Coke Oven Contractors' Association (MSS.91/CO), and the Engineering Construction Industry Association (MSS.91/ECIA) are also held at the Centre.