Catalogue description Department of Employment and predecessors: Industrial Relations, Registered Files

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Details of LAB 10
Reference: LAB 10
Title: Department of Employment and predecessors: Industrial Relations, Registered Files
Description:

Files of the Industrial Relations Department dealing with industrial disputes, wage claims and differentials, arbitration, negotiation and conciliation machinery, holidays with pay, and employment legislation (concerning terms, conditions and contracts of employment, redundancy, picketing, the closed shop and other matters). The records include correspondence with, and reports and papers of a large number of councils, committees, boards, tribunals, trade unions and employers associations in a variety of industries.

The main series of registered files is the IR series, covering most aspects of industrial relations, but there are also some other series represented: CB files (conciliation boards); CM files (Cotton Manufacturing Commission); H files (Holidays With Pay Commission); and WO, WI and WR files (wages boards). Also included are files of the National Joint Industrial Councils (JC and JIC files), the National Joint Advisory Council and its Joint Consultative Committee, together with the weekly reports of Chief Conciliation and Industrial Relations Officers.

Date: 1895-1986
Arrangement:

The arrangement is as follows:

  • Pieces 1-867: Chronological;
  • Pieces 868 to last piece: Former reference (File Number) order within year of registration.

Related material:

Industrial relations files of trade boards and wages councils are in LAB 11

Papers dealing with the coal mining industry dispute and 1926 General Strike can be found in LAB 27

Trade dispute record books are in LAB 34

Minutes and papers of trade boards and wages councils are in LAB 35

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: IR file series
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 3969 file(s)
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

Ministry of Labour , from 1965

Accruals: Series is not accruing.

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