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National Docks Labour Board records (20th C.)

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Statistics and circulars relating to all 20 local Docks Labour Boards in ports around Britain. Statistics include disposition working sheets, age group survey working sheets, C100A and C200 records, average quarterly and weekly earnings, labour requirements, and circulars relating to both board policy and general administration. Reports, appendices, submissions, minutes of evidence, memoranda of evidence and correspondence relating to the 1956 Committee of Inquiry into the Working of the Dock Workers (Regulation of Employment) Scheme, 1947. Sir Frederick Rees stood on the Committee and the files contain his correspondence.

Date range: 1942-1989

Strengths: Of particular interest to 20th century social and labour history researchers. Statistics document earnings, employment patterns and demographics in the UK’s docks, which give a unique insight into this industry.

Size: 29 boxes, 9 metres

Language: English

Keywords: Docks, ports, industry, earnings, social history, labour history, welfare, pensions, industrial disputes, strikes, trade unions.

Notes: Material not required by the National Archives when they received the National Docks Labour Board official material on the closure of the NDLB in 1989. Donated by Professor Peter Turnbull (Cardiff Business School), who received from NDLB staff.