Catalogue description National Coal Board and British Coal Corporation: Industrial Relations Department

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Title: National Coal Board and British Coal Corporation: Industrial Relations Department

This series contains a selection of files from the Industrial Relations Department and its predecessors which deal with manpower and welfare, administration, conciliation, wages, insurance, miners' pensions and secretariat matters related to the coal industry.

Date: 1946-1996
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

British Coal Corporation, Industrial Relations Department, 1987-

National Coal Board, Industrial Relations Department, 1957-1987

National Coal Board, Labour Relations Department, 1947-1957

National Coal Board, Manpower and Welfare Department, 1947-1957

Physical description: 1436 files and papers
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

from 2005 Coal Authority

from 1978 National Coal Board

Selection and destruction information: The files in this series have been selected to show the range of work of the Industrial Relations Department.
Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

The Industrial Relations Department of the National Coal Board was formed in the later 1950s by fusing the Labour Relations Department and part of the Manpower and Welfare Department, the educational functions of the latter being passed to the Staff Department. The Industrial Relations Department and its predecessors dealt with all aspects of management of the large industrial workforce employed by the NCB, including manpower, welfare, conciliation in trade disputes, wages and conditions of service, insurance, industrial diseases and miners' pensions. In 1952 the NCB inherited a number of welfare functions from the Miners' Welfare Commission, which passed to this department. It was also responsible for pensions and insurance centres.

Sir W. Citrine, the Board member for Manpower and Welfare was also Chairman of the Miners' Welfare Commission.

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