Catalogue description Mining Association of Great Britain

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Details of COAL 11
Reference: COAL 11
Title: Mining Association of Great Britain

This series contains papers and files of the Mining Association and is mainly concerned with wage arbitration and awards, and conditions of work in the mining industry. Also included are records of various committees formed to deal with disputes, national agreements and expert policy.

Date: 1936-1947
Related material:

Memoranda of agreements are in COAL 42

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

Mining Association of Great Britain, 1854-1954

Physical description: 106 file(s)
Administrative / biographical background:

The Mining Association of Great Britain was formed in 1854 as an independent body to represent employers in the mining industry, with the aim of considering and, if appropriate, acting upon any proposed legislation which might affect mining or kindred industries. It had a central policy committee and a number of sub-committees which dealt with legislation affecting matters such as recruitment, training and education, research and hydrocarbon oil. Local committees were also set up on an ad hoc basis.

The association was involved with the determination of wage levels in the coal industry and with hours of work and other conditions of employment. It had its own trade newspaper and a mining college and schools. Research into the causes of and ways of preventing explosions of coal dust was undertaken on its behalf. The association worked in conjunction with the National Conciliation Board for the Coal Mining Industry and the Mineworkers' Federation of Great Britain.

With the nationalisation of the coal industry in 1947 the role of the association was very much reduced and it was dissolved on 23 September 1954.

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