Papers of the United Kingdom Society of Coachmakers/National Union of Vehicle Builders (Hull Branch)

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Scope and Content

These papers were purchased in May 1976 from K Books of Allerthorpe. They consist of one minute book 1911-1933, one contributions book 1914-1928 and one benefit book 1928-1934.

Administrative / Biographical History

There was a United Kingdom Society of Coachmakers in Liverpool in 1876 that was registered as a trade union in the following year. It was removed from the register in 1880 In 1895 there was another registration in the same name and it is probable that the second registration represented a later development of a single organisation. The United Kingdom Society of Coachmakers formed from the Liverpool Coachmakers Society and the Manchester Coachmakers Society after a successful joint strike in 1834. A joint conference was held in Leeds in 1848 which elected an executive committee and by 1850 the membership was over 1500. It rose to 5000 in the next decade and remained at the 5000-7000 level until just before the first world war when membership rose to 10,000. The head office moved from Leeds to Liverpool in 1850 and it affiliated to the Trades Union Council in 1872 and the Labour Party in 1906. After the first world war the society amalgamated with the London and Provincial Coachmakers Society, the Operative Coachmakers and Wheelwrights Federal Labour Union and the London Coachsmiths and Vicemen's Trade Society to become the National Union of Vehicle Builders. The records held cover this year of amalgamation. In the same year the National Union of Vehicle Builders Journal was published for the first time. There were two more big mergers in 1925 and 1948 respectively with the Amalgamated Society of Wheelwrights, Smiths and Motor Body Makers and the Wheelwrights and Coachmakers Operatives Union bringing the membership to 50,000 and it 1972 the Society became part of the Transport and General Workers Union (Marsh & Ryan, Historical directory of trade unions, ii, pp.97-99).

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Originally publiched by Access to Archives - A2A. The data in this finding aid is in the copyright of the place of deposit.

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Marsh, Arthur & Ryan, Victoria (eds) Historical directory of trade unions, ii, (1984)