Catalogue description Ministry of Labour: Statistics Branch: Returns of Trade Unions and Employers' Associations

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Details of LAB 69
Reference: LAB 69
Title: Ministry of Labour: Statistics Branch: Returns of Trade Unions and Employers' Associations

Examples of voluntary returns made annually to the Department of Employment and its predecessors giving details of the membership of trade unions, employers organisations and joint bodies. Some pieces give certain background information on the bodies in question.

Pieces 1-12 are statistical tables on form TU 31. Piece 112 is a general review of amalgamation and federation among trade unions. Pieces 113-121 are similar statistical tables, many on form TU 44, with historical notes, according to the Revised Industrial Classification introduced in April 1927.

Date: 1895-1969
Related material:

For trade union returns collected by the Chief Registrar of Friendly Societies, see:

FS 11

FS 12

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 121 files and volumes
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Selection and destruction information: The returns in pieces 13-111 have been selected to illustrate the kind of information sought on the membership of individual trade unions and employers' associations over a period of years.
Accruals: Series is not accruing.
Administrative / biographical background:

The returns were collected by annual enquiry, on a voluntary basis, of the union or association secretaries, except where information was already available from the Chief Registrar of Friendly Societies. An article summarising the returns was published annually in the Ministry of Labour Gazette (and its successor, the Department of Employment Gazette), usually in the November or December issue until 1979, then in January.

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