Conservative Party Archive: Labour/Industrial/Trade Unions Department

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Committee on Trade Union Policy and Organisation, 1952
Trade Unionists' National Advisory Committee (TUNAC), 1947-1984
    Lists of Officers, 1960-1975
    National/Central Committee minutes, 1947-1966; 1971-1983
    National/Central Committee meeting papers, 1962-1963; 1979-1983
    General Purposes Committee minutes and papers, 1979-1983
    Annual Conservative Trade Unionists' Conference, 1961-1965
Trade Union Department, 1947-1975
Industrial Organisers, personal files, 1951-1969
Publications of the Trade Union Department and the Trade Unionists' National Advisory Committee, 1948-1989


Papers of the Labour/Industrial/Trade Union Department at Conservative Central Office, including records of the Conservative Trade Unionists' National Advisory Committee, 1947-1984

Abstract:
Papers of the Labour/Industrial/Trade Union Department, 1947-1984

Shelfmarks: CCO 503/1-4

Extent: 143 shelfmarks

Organisational History

The Labour Department was established at Conservative Central Office in March 1946, primarily to service and support the Trade Union National Advisory Committee of the National Union.

Following the Keatinge Report of 1952 [for which, see series below 'Committee on Trade Union Policy and Organisation'], the Labour Department was reconstituted as the Industrial Department, with a Divisional Council of Trade Unionists (DCTUs) to be set up in each constituency to deal with and advise on trade union matters and provide a structure for the Area Trade Union Advisory Committees and the national organisation. By 1962 a survey conducted by the Industrial Department returned 167 DCTUs in existence out of a total of 547 constituencies. On 6th March, 1964, a further reform abolished the DCTUs and replaced them with a constituency trade unionists’ advisory committee as an integral part of the constituency organisation.

Falling into decline in the 1960s the trade union work of Central Office was revived by Lord Thorneycroft, then Party Chairman, and the Industrial Department was reconstituted as the Trade Union Department in 1975. National Organisers and field agents were appointed, and encouragement given to set up Conservative Trade Union groups in the constituencies.

Restrictions on Access

General access conditions apply to this material. Industrial Organisers, personal files (CCO 503/4) are closed.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library, Conservative Party Archive [followed by shelfmark, e.g. CCO 503/1/1].

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

Conservative Party | Trade Unionists' National Advisory Committee
Conservative Party | Committee on Trade Union Policy and Organisation

Subjects (LCSH)

Labour unions



Committee on Trade Union Policy and Organisation, 1952

CCO 503/1/1 General Correspondence/draft report 1952
CCO 503/1/2 Report of Committee Sept. 1952
CCO 503/1/3 Sub-committees - general 1952
CCO 503/1/4 Sub-committee #1 (Geoffrey Summers) 1952
CCO 503/1/5 Sub-committee #2 (Stanely Bell) 1952
CCO 503/1/6 Sub-committee #3 (J.C. Howard) 1952
CCO 503/1/7 Sub-committee #4 (E.M. Keating) 1952
CCO 503/1/8 Sub-committee witness reports 1952
CCO 503/1/9 Miscellaneous notes and correspondence 1952
CCO 503/1/10 Trade Union Committee Luncheon 5 Nov. 1952
CCO 503/1/11 Conservative Central Office Agents Reports 1952
CCO 503/1/12 Correspondence regarding to report of Committee 1952
CCO 503/1/13 Committee Meetings - attendance 1952
CCO 503/1/14 Third main meeting 1952
CCO 503/1/15 Fourth main meeting 1952
CCO 503/1/16 Fifth main meeting 1952
CCO 503/1/17 Sixth main meeting 1952
CCO 503/1/18 Seventh main meeting 1952
CCO 503/1/19 Eighth main meeting 1952
CCO 503/1/20 Ninth main meeting 1952
CCO 503/1/21 Replies to questionnaire: Wales and Monmouthshire 1952
CCO 503/1/22 Replies to questionnaire: Home Counties South East 1952
CCO 503/1/23 Replies to questionnaire: Wessex 1952
CCO 503/1/24 Replies to questionnaire: London 1952
CCO 503/1/25 Replies to questionnaire: Eastern 1952
CCO 503/1/26 Replies to questionnaire: East Midlands 1952
CCO 503/1/27 Replies to questionnaire: North West 1952
CCO 503/1/28 Replies to questionnaire: Northern Counties 1952
CCO 503/1/29 Replies to questionnaire: West Midlands 1952
CCO 503/1/30 General correspondence, letters received 1952
CCO 503/1/31 Replies to questionnaire: Yorkshire 1952
CCO 503/1/32 Replies to questionnaire: Western 1952
CCO 503/1/33 Replies to questionnaire: Home Counties North 1952




Trade Unionists' National Advisory Committee (TUNAC), 1947-1984

    Lists of Officers, 1960-1975

CCO 503/2/54 Annual lists of officers of the Trade Unionists’ National Advisory Committee, including representatives from Areas, Young Conservatives, and Parliamentary Employment Committee etc] 1960-1975

    National/Central Committee minutes, 1947-1966; 1971-1983

Related Material: The minutes of TUNAC's predecessor, the National Union Labour Sub-Committee, 1919-1935, can be found in the National Union (NUA) series at NUA 6/1/1-4

CCO 503/2/21 Trade Union National Advisory Committee (TUNAC) minutes 1947-1953
CCO 503/2/22 Trade Union National Advisory Committee (TUNAC) minutes 1953-1958
CCO 503/2/23 Trade Union National Advisory Committee (TUNAC) minutes 1959-1963
CCO 503/2/24 Trade Unionists’ National Advisory Committee minutes [Includes, loose inside, conference handbook for the 18th Conservative Trade Unionists’ Annual Conference, Birmingham, 7th June 1969, entitled ‘Fair Deal at Work – the Conservative Approach to Modern Industrial Relations’, published by the Conservative Political Centre] Nov 1961-May 1966
CCO 503/2/25 Trade Unionists’ National Advisory Committee minutes and papers Nov 1971-Dec 1973
CCO 503/2/26 Trade Unionists’ National Advisory Committee minutes June 1974-Dec 1978
CCO 503/2/27 Trade Unionists’ National Advisory Committee minutes Jan 1979-Mar 1983

    National/Central Committee meeting papers, 1962-1963; 1979-1983

CCO 503/2/10 Trade Union National Advisory Committee (TUNAC) meetings 8 Feb. 1962
CCO 503/2/11 Trade Union National Advisory Committee (TUNAC) meetings 5 Apr. 1962
CCO 503/2/12 Trade Union National Advisory Committee (TUNAC) meetings 3 May 1962
CCO 503/2/13 Trade Union National Advisory Committee (TUNAC) meetings 12 July 1962
CCO 503/2/14 Trade Union National Advisory Committee (TUNAC) meetings 6 Sept. 1962
CCO 503/2/15 Trade Union National Advisory Committee (TUNAC) meetings 8 Nov. 1962
CCO 503/2/16 Trade Union National Advisory Committee (TUNAC) meetings 7 Feb. 1963
CCO 503/2/17 Trade Union National Advisory Committee (TUNAC) meetings 4 Apr. 1963
CCO 503/2/18 Trade Union National Advisory Committee (TUNAC) meetings 4 July 1963
CCO 503/2/19 Trade Union National Advisory Committee (TUNAC) meetings 5 Sept. 1963
CCO 503/2/20 Trade Union National Advisory Committee (TUNAC) meetings 7 Nov. 1963
CCO 503/2/28 Papers concerning the CTU National Committee’s AGM [185th meeting] held on 9th June 1979 and subsequent complaint by the East Midlands Area CTU Advisory Committee and subsequent Special Conservative Trade Unionists’ National Committee held on 28th July 1979 to discuss the alleged irregularities June-July 1979
CCO 503/2/29 CTU National Committee minutes, papers and correspondence [Includes minutes of the 186th meeting of 7th July 1979] May-July 1979
CCO 503/2/30 CTU National Committee minutes, papers and correspondence [Includes:- Minutes of the Special CTU National Committee meeting of 28th July 1979; Minutes of the Wessex Area Conservative Trade Unionists’ Advisory Committee meeting of 15th September 1979; Minutes of the 187th CTU National Committee meeting of 22nd September 1979; Conference handbook for the 28th Annual Trade Unionists’ Conference, Reading, 7th April 1979] July-Sep 1979
CCO 503/2/31 CTU National Committee minutes, papers and correspondence [Includes minutes of the 188th meeting of 8th December 1979] Nov –Dec 1979
CCO 503/2/32 CTU National Committee papers and correspondence concerning the meeting of 26th January 1980 Jan 1980
CCO 503/2/33 CTU National Committee minutes, papers and correspondence concerning the 190th meeting of 8th March 1980 Mar 1980
CCO 503/2/34 CTU National Committee papers and correspondence concerning the AGM/191st meeting of 26th April 1980 Mar-Apr 1980
CCO 503/2/35 CTU National Committee minutes, papers and correspondence concerning the 192nd meeting of 12th July 1980 [Includes minutes of the 191st meeting of 26th April 1980] Jan 1979-July 1980
CCO 503/2/36 CTU National Committee minutes, papers and correspondence concerning the meeting of 20th September 1980 Aug-Sep 1980
CCO 503/2/37 CTU National Committee minutes, papers and correspondence concerning the meeting of 22nd November 1980 Sep-Nov 1980
CCO 503/2/38 CTU National Committee minutes, papers and correspondence concerning the 195th meeting of 21st February 1981 Nov 1980-May 1981
CCO 503/2/39 CTU National Committee minutes, papers and correspondence concerning the AGM/196th meeting of 25th April 1981 Sep 1980-Apr 1981
CCO 503/2/40 CTU National Committee minutes, papers and correspondence concerning the 197th meeting of 11th July 1981 Sep 1980-July 1981
CCO 503/2/41 CTU National Committee minutes, papers and correspondence concerning the meeting of 19th September 1981 Aug-Sep 1981
CCO 503/2/42 CTU National Committee minutes, papers and correspondence concerning the meeting of 21st November 1981 Oct-Nov 1981
CCO 503/2/43 CTU National Committee minutes, papers and correspondence concerning the meeting of 13th February 1982 Jan-Feb 1982
CCO 503/2/44 CTU National Committee minutes, papers and correspondence concerning the Annual General Meeting of 24th April 1982 Mar-Nov 1982
CCO 503/2/45 CTU National Committee minutes, papers and correspondence concerning the meeting of 10th July 1982 Mar-Sep 1982
CCO 503/2/46 CTU National Committee minutes, papers and correspondence concerning the meeting of 25th September 1982 Feb-Sep 1982
CCO 503/2/47 CTU National Committee minutes, papers and correspondence concerning the meeting of 4th December 1982 Oct-Dec 1982
CCO 503/2/48 CTU National Committee minutes, papers and correspondence concerning the meeting of 26th February 1983 Jan-Mar 1983
CCO 503/2/49 CTU National Committee minutes, papers and correspondence concerning the meeting of 25th March 1983 Feb-Mar 1983
CCO 503/2/50 CTU National Committee agenda for the Annual General Meeting of 14th May 1983 Apr 1983
CCO 503/2/51 CTU National Committee Annual General Meeting 1983: correspondence and papers [Mainly concerns appointments to committees and biographical information on nominees for officers. Includes:- Minutes of Extra Ordinary General Meeting of the National Committee, 25th March 1983 to discuss strikes in the essential services with Norman Tebbit, Employment Secretary; Motions submitted to the 1983 Conservative Party Conference; Draft Chairman’s annual report, 1982/3; AGM minutes, 16th July 1983] Oct 1982-Feb 1984
CCO 503/2/52 CTU National Committee minutes, papers and correspondence concerning the meeting of 24th September 1983 Sep-Oct 1983
CCO 503/2/53 CTU National Committee minutes, papers and correspondence concerning the meeting of 26th November 1983 [Includes minutes of the meeting of 24th September 1983] Sep-Dec 1983

    General Purposes Committee minutes and papers, 1979-1983

CCO 503/2/55 CTU General Purposes Committee minutes and papers 1979
CCO 503/2/56 CTU General Purposes Committee minutes and papers 1980
CCO 503/2/57 CTU General Purposes Committee minutes and papers 1981
CCO 503/2/58 CTU General Purposes Committee minutes and papers 1982
CCO 503/2/59 CTU General Purposes Committee minutes and papers 1983

    Annual Conservative Trade Unionists' Conference, 1961-1965

Related Material: [Conference Handbooks for the Annual Conservative Trade Unionists' Conference, 1967-1985, can be found catalogued separately here.

CCO 503/2/1 Trade Union Conference 1961
CCO 503/2/2 Trade Union Conference - general correspondence 1962
CCO 503/2/3 Trade Union Conference - motions 1962
CCO 503/2/4 Trade Union Conference 1963
CCO 503/2/5 Trade Union Conference 1964
CCO 503/2/6 Trade Union Conference - motions 1964
CCO 503/2/6 Trade Union Conference - motions 1964
CCO 503/2/7 Trade Union Conference 1965
CCO 503/2/8 Trade Union Conference sub-committee nd
CCO 503/2/9 Party Conference 1963




Trade Union Department, 1947-1975

CCO 503/3/1 Young Conservatives/youth organisations 1959-1960
CCO 503/3/2 Miscellaneous Trade Union/contracting out 1947-1965
CCO 503/3/3 Notes on Industrial Policy/history of Industrial Department n.d.
CCO 503/3/4 Re-organisation of Constituency Trade Union Advisory Committees 1964
CCO 503/3/5 Re-organisation of Constituency Trade Union Advisory Committees 1965
CCO 503/3/6 Trade Union Statistics 1950-1963
CCO 503/3/7 Contracting Out Campaign 1962
CCO 503/3/8 Swinton Trade Union Course 1963
CCO 503/3/9 Industrial Organisers' Conference May 1962
CCO 503/3/10 Industrial Organisers' Conference Dec. 1962
CCO 503/3/11 Organisers' Conference minutes 1958-1961
CCO 503/3/12 R. S. Scholarships 1963
CCO 503/3/13 R. S. Scholarships 1964
CCO 503/3/14 R. S. Scholarships - forms sent to Swinton 1964
CCO 503/3/15 J. V. Garmonsway Memorial Fund 1961-1963
CCO 503/3/16 Industrial Department circulars 1975
CCO 503/3/17 Notes on the Industrial Department: History and Development 1969
CCO 503/3/18 Correspondence and memoranda concerning capture of the trade unionist vote and the encouragement of Conservative trade unionists to stand as parliamentary candidates [Includes lists and biographical details of potential candidates] Mar 1950-Dec 1955
CCO 503/3/19 Correspondence and papers concerning Industrial Department matters [Subjects include: Policy for attracting industrial and agricultural workers away from the Labour Party, Nov 1950; Includes pamphlets:- ‘Personal Services to Electors’, ND (4pp); ‘Political Education and the Industrial and Agricultural Worker’, ND (4pp); and, ‘The Conservative Trade Union Movement’, ND (4pp). Deputation from the Home Counties North Area Trade Union Advisory Committee to visit the Party Chairman, Lord Woolton, July-Aug 1951 concerning the adoption of more trade unionists as Conservative parliamentary candidates, July-Aug 1951; Minutes of the Conservative Trade Unionists’ National Advisory Committee meeting of 15th May 1952; Minutes of a meeting between the Party Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and General Director with Mr Garmonsway, Head of the Industrial Department, concerning the state of the Party’s trade unionist organisation, 30/11/1955; Industrial Report issued by the Industrial Department, Jan 1956; Campaign to conduct union ballots during working hours in order to prevent Communists from taking control, May-June 1956; Extracts from a speech by Harold Macmillan MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, at Bromley, 19/09/1956, reproduced and circulated by the Industrial Department] Nov 1950-Nov 1956
CCO 503/3/20 Correspondence and memoranda concerning courses organised at Swinton College for Conservative trade unionists considering parliamentary candidacy, and arrangements for the annual conference of Conservative Trade Unionists on 19/03/1955 and Conference for Industrial Organisers, 25/05/1956 June 1951-Aug 1956
CCO 503/3/21 Memoranda concerning the Party’s policy towards trade unionists ‘contracting out’ of a union’s political fund; Statistics of trade union membership compiled by the Industrial Department, CCO, 1954 and 1955 Feb-Mar 1952; 1954-1955
CCO 503/3/22 Industrial Department correspondence and memoranda concerning support given to Conservative trade unionists and trade unions against the ‘closed shop’ [Recognition of the Engineering Officers (Telecommunications) Association, July 1953; Recognition of the Aeronautical Engineers’ Association as the appropriate trade union for ‘dilutee’ or semi-skilled workers in aircraft maintenance units, July 1953-May 1954; AE Smith of Rotherham v the Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU), Dec 1955-Feb 1956; Mr Thwaites of Leeds v the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF), Jan-Feb 1956] 1953-1956
CCO 503/3/23 Correspondence and memoranda concerning the Conservative Party’s strategy for preventing co-operative societies from making grants for political purposes, with particularly reference to the Leeds Co-operative Society [Includes copy of ‘The Co-operative review’, No.7, Vol. XXVIII, July 1954] June 1954-Oct 1956
CCO 503/3/24 Industrial Department correspondence and memoranda concerning Communist propaganda pamphlets from East Berlin circulating amongst British trade unionists [Includes copy of ‘Democratic German Report’ vol.III, No.18, September 3rd 1954 and leaflet from the British-Soviet Friendship Society promoting its sponsored ‘Month of British-Soviet Friendship’ to celebrate the 37th anniversary of the USSR, Nov 1954] May-Nov 1954
CCO 503/3/25 Digest of Industrial Organisers’ Reports from around the country, prepared by JV Garmonsway, Head of the Industrial Department for John Hare MP [Vice Chairman of the Party Organisation, CCO] Nov 1954-Aug 1956
CCO 503/3/26 Memoranda and correspondence between JV Garmonsway, Head of the Industrial Department and Donald Kaberry, Vice-Chairman of Party Organisation [Includes minutes of the 22nd meeting of the Conservative Trade Unionists’ National Advisory Committee, 15th May 1952] Nov 1950-Nov 1956




Industrial Organisers, personal files, 1951-1969

Restrictions on Access: CLOSED

CCO 503/4/1 Wessex Area - J. Lea 1963-1965
CCO 503/4/2 Northern Area - N.B. Dent 1960-1966
CCO 503/4/3 East Midlands - M.J.H. Phillips 1956-1967
CCO 503/4/4 South Eastern - L.D. Auger 1965-1967
CCO 503/4/5 Eastern - M.E. Collins 1964-1966
CCO 503/4/6 Yorkshire - J.G. Aykroyd 1961-1965
CCO 503/4/7 Western - T. Mead 1965-1967
CCO 503/4/8 North Western - J. Priestley 1961-1966
CCO 503/4/9 North Western - A. Kirk 1961-1966
CCO 503/4/10 Yorkshire - A.F. Carcas 1965-1967
CCO 503/4/11 Wales and Monmouthshire - W.T. Jenkins 1962-1966
CCO 503/4/12 Wessex - D.B. Conroy 1966-1967
CCO 503/4/13 Eastern - A.Douglas 1965-1968
CCO 503/4/14 Potential Industrial Organisers 1965-1966
CCO 503/4/15 South East - E. Rapson 1964
CCO 503/4/16 West Midlands - E. Stillitoe 1960-1964
CCO 503/4/17 West Midlands - D.A.C. Duckers 1963-1966
CCO 503/4/18 Greater London - G.F. Beck 1960-1968
CCO 503/4/19 Northern - B. Dryden 1966-1968
CCO 503/4/20 West Midlands - J.H. Morris 1966-1968
CCO 503/4/21 London - H.B. Woodhead 1960-1968
CCO 503/4/22 Industrial Organisers and part-time organisers (gen) n.d.
CCO 503/4/23 Leonard J Uff, Industrial Organiser, Yorkshire Area [Correspondence, memoranda and application forms concerning Uff’s request for the age limit (40) to be waived in order that he should be allowed to sit the Preliminary Examination to becoming a Conservative Agent, June-July 1953. Further correspondence concerning his attendance at an Election Exercise for Election Agents held at Swinton Course, Sep 1959, and, with his widow, concerning his death, May-June 1969] June 1953-June 1969
CCO 503/4/24 Leonard J Uff, Industrial Organiser, Yorkshire Area [Correspondence and papers concerning Uff’s membership of the Staff Life Endowment Assurance Scheme] Jan 1952-Oct 1969
CCO 503/4/25 Correspondence and memoranda concerning non-payment of expenses of WHT Stephens, Industrial Organiser in Reading and Chairman of the Wessex Area Trade Unionist Advisory Committee Aug-Nov 1951




Publications of the Trade Union Department and the Trade Unionists' National Advisory Committee, 1948-1989

Related Material: [These are catalogued separately, here.]




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