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Ref No (click to see in context)NUTGW
Extent153 boxes
Creator NameNational Union of Tailors and Garment Workers
DescriptionCorrespondence files of the General Secretary and the Assistant Secretary of the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers, 1937-1989, mainly relating to agreements with various manufacturers, businesses, organisations, and other trade unions, and to union organisation; also includes a "History" file, 1860-1970, and a collection of trade union rule books, 1912-1963; printed works, comprising The Garment Worker: official organ of the Tailors' and Garment Workers' Union, 1926-1991; Circulars to Executive Board Officials and Branches, 1954-1985; Minutes of Special Executive Meetings, 1953-1955, 1960-1968; Membership Summary, 1951-1970; Report of Proceedings of General Conference, 1963-1989.
Admin HistoryA guild or union existed amongst tailors' servingmen and journeymen in London as long ago as 1417 but the history of the present Union and its predecessors is only recorded from the later 19th Century. The National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers (NUTGW) existed as an independent body until 1991 when it joined the General Municipal and Boilermakers (GMB). At the time of the merger, the NUTGW was itself the result of many amalgamations. In 1912 the United Garment Workers' Union was formed by the amalgamation of the Amalgamated Society of Journeymen Tailors; Amalgamated Union of Clothiers' Operatives; Amalgamated Jewish Tailors, Pressers and Machinists' Trade Union; London Clothiers Cutters; The Shirt, Jacket and Overall Workers; and The Belfast Shirt and Collar Workers. These were later joined by the Scottish National Association of Operative Tailors; London Operative Tailors; and Amalgamated Society of Tailors and Tailoresses. In 1931 these became the NUTGW with the addition of the United Ladies Tailors (London) and the Waterproof Garment Workers' Union.
ArrangementThe papers are arranged into the following series, by function. The files within each series are arranged chronologically, with the exception of series 2, which is arranged alphabetically by organisation name.
1. Financial reports.
2. Correspondence of the General Secretary and Assistant General Secretary.
3. Correspondence and papers.
4. Membership survey.
5. General Secretary minutes special executive meetings with employers organisations etc.
6. Circulars to Executive Board offficials and branches.
7. Conference reports on proceedings.
8. The Garment Worker.
9. Labour Party Annual Reports.
10. Labour: The Workers Magazine.
11. Royal Commission on Trade Unions and Employers Associations 1965-1968.
12. Industrial Tribunals.
Access StatusOpen
CodePerson or Corporate Body Name
DS/UK/1042National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers; -1991
DS/UK/96Labour Party