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Swansea University
British Iron, Steel and Kindred Trades Association

Reference code(s): GB 0217 SWCC : MNB/TUG/2

Held at: Swansea University

Title: British Iron, Steel and Kindred Trades Association

Short Title: British Iron, Steel and Kindred Trades Association

Creation date(s): 1889-1973

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 8 Boxes

Name of creator(s): British Iron, Steel and Kindred Trades Association

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: The British Iron, Steel and Kindred Trades Association (BISKTA) was a subsidiary organisation of the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation (ISTC). The ISTC had been established in 1917 in response to government requirements for a single, authoritative body to consult with the multiplicity of unions which existed in the iron and steel industries. Many of these unions decided to affiliate with the ISTC but still retained their independent identities. Under the ISTC scheme, affiliated unions were allowed to continue to represent their existing membership but were not allowed to accept new members or reinstate old ones. Instead, these new workers and those who had allowed their union memberships to lapse, were required to join BISKTA. Under this scheme, it was hoped that BISKTA would eventually be able to take over the official functions of all the subsidiary unions and become the sole union of ISTC affiliate members.
BISKTA represented a wide variety of trades and often could not negotiate a single solution which was suitable for everyone. This led to the formation of several trade-specific branches of the union to negotiate individual trade disputes. Theses included the Tinplate and Sheet Trades Joint Industrial Council (representing the Tinplate and Welsh Sheet trades); the South Wales Siemens Joint Conciliation Board (representing the Welsh Steel bar trade) and the the Sheet Trade Board (for the heavy galvanised sheet steel makers). The special trades of Sheffield were entitled to use direct negotiation at the various steelworks.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: British Steel Smelters Monthly Reports 1889-1897; Iron & Steel Trades Confederation Minutes and Reports 1966-1971; Correspondence 1916-1972; Union Circulars 1972;

ACCESS AND USE

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Conditions governing access: Access unrestricted unless stated otherwise.

Conditions governing reproduction: A photocopying service is available. Contact repository for details.
No publication without written permission from the Archivist.

Finding aids: A hardcopy list is available in the searchroom.

Language codes: eng wel

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

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ALLIED MATERIALS

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Iron and steel workers | Trades unions | Wales, South
Iron industry and trade | Wales, South
Mediation and conciliation, Industrial
Metal trade | Societies, etc.
Steel industry and trade | Wales, South
Trades unions | Records and correspondence

Personal names

Corporate names
British Iron, Steel and Kindred Trades Association
British Steel Smelters
Iron and Steel Trades Confederation (Great Britain)
South Wales Siemens Joint Conciliation Board

Places

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