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Guyana: Trades Unions Material

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0101 TU.GY
Held at: Institute of Commonwealth Studies
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Full title: Guyana: Trades Unions Material
Date(s): 1957-1987
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Both the major political parties in Guyana had ties to the trades union movement, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) being affiliated to the People's National Congress (PNC) and the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) having close links to the People's Progressive Party (PPP). In addition PPP governments were twice suspended in the pre-independence period as a consequence of labour unrest, first in 1953 when the Guiana Industrial Workers' Union struck in favour of a piece of industrial legislation, and then in 1964 when the pro-opposition TUC organised a general strike which led to British intervention and the introduction of proportional representation. The 1964 General Strike is defended in the materials held here, which also include details of sugar trade labour-management agreements and congress reports from the 1970s and 1980s when the unions were involved in supoporting Forbes Burnham's programme of nationalisation.


Scope and content/abstract:

Collective bargaining agreements, pamphlets, addresses, memorandums, conference documents, newsletters, press releases, working papers, rules and histories, 1957-1987, issued by the British Guiana Mine-Workers' Union, the British Guiana Trades Union Council, the Clerical and Commercial Workers' Union (Guyana), the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers' Union, the Guyana Public Service Union, the Guyana Trades Union Congress, the Man-Power Citizens' Association, and the Sawmill and Forest Workers' Union (Guyana).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Alphabetically by union, and then in rough chronological order.

Conditions governing access:

Open to all for research purposes; access is free for anyone in higher education.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can usually be obtained - apply to library staff.

Finding aids:

Records at item level on library catalogue (SASCAT)

Archival Information

Archival history:

The Commonwealth Political Parties Materials collection was begun in 1960-61, with special emphasis being placed then, as now, on "primary material such as party constitutions, policy statements, convention reports and election manifestos." (ICS, Twelfth Annual Report 1960-1961). Since then, the main method of gathering material has been to appeal directly to political parties throughout the Commonwealth, though contributions from Institute members and staff following visits to relevant countries have been significant.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also Guyana: Political Parties Materials (PP.GY) and Guyana: Pressure Groups Materials (PG.GY), as well as Political Party, Trades Unions and Pressure Group Materials for other Commonwealth countries and related material in the library's main classified sequence, all held at the ICS.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Description compiled by Daniel Millum, Political Archives Project Officer at the Institutes of Commonwealth and Latin American Studies.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Created 05/04/2004 AIM25

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