National Amalgamated Stevedores and Dockers' Society 1880-1982


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Summary

Administrative Information

Historical Note

Scope and Content

National Amalgamated Stevedores and Dockers' Society 1880-1982


Summary

Held at Modern Records Centre
Reference GB 0152 MSS.360
Title National Amalgamated Stevedores and Dockers' Society
Dates of Creation 1880-1982
Extent 1.236 cubic metres
Level of Description Fonds Language of Material English unless otherwise stated

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Administrative Information

The archive of the National Amalgamated Stevedores and Dockers' Society was deposited in the Centre on the 20th September 1995 on indefinite loan from the National Museum of Labour History.

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme which is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000). For further details see the Centre's web pages.

See also the papers of the Amalgamated Society of Watermen, Lightermen and Bargemen (MSS.126/WL) and the Transport and General Workers' Union (MSS.126) in the Centre. The archive of the National Amalgamated Stevedores and Dockers' Society includes the records of its predecessor organisations. Authority files exist for the National Amalgamated Stevedores and Dockers' Society (GB 0152 AAR197) and its predecessor organisations : the National Amalgamated Society of Stevedores, Lightermen, Watermen and Dockers (GB 0152 AAR195); and the Amalgamated Stevedores' Labour Protection League (GB 0152 AAR200).

Preferred citation : National Amalgamated Stevedores and Dockers' Society (MSS.360), Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick

Access : Open

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Historical Note

The National Amalgamated Stevedores and Dockers' Society has its origins in the the Labour Protection League which was founded in 1871. The league split in the late 1880s and most members formed the Amalgamated Stevedores' Labour Protection League. One branch became a separate organisation, the South Side Labour Protection League.

In 1922/3 the Amalgamated Stevedores' Labour Protection League joined together with members of the Amalgamated Society of Watermen, Lightermen and Bargemen who were unhappy about that union's participation in the formation of the Transport and General Workers' Union. They formed the National Amalgamated Society of Stevedores, Lightermen, Watermen and Dockers. However, in 1927 the watermen and lightermen decided to go their own way and formed the Watermen, Lightermen, Tugmen and Bargemen's Trade Union while the stevedores moved on to become the National Amalgamated Stevedores and Dockers' Society in 1932.

The National Amalgamated Stevedores and Dockers' Society had a long running rivalry witht the Transport and General Workers' Union before their merger in 1982.

Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical directory of trade unions. Volume 3. Aldershot : Gower, 1987.

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Scope and Content

Executive Council minutes, 1924-82; Stevedores' Section Executive Committee minutes, 1896-1974; Stevedores' Section Sectional Reports Committee minutes, 1937-69; Dockers' Section minutes, 1925-74; correspondence, 1948-78; various minutes, 1945-82; dock labour board minutes, reports, 1950-82; annual reports, 1922-66; ledgers, account books, 1898-1966; subject files, including correspondence with employers c.1961-75; General Secretary's correspondence, 1955-80, notes, diary, 1949-57; The Dockworker, 1972-8; regional minutes, correspondence, 1944-82; Stevedores' Section branch minutes, correspondence, 1880-1978; agreements, including agreements with employers, 1945-73; Stevedores' Section press-cuttings, 1900-23.

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