Municipal Employees' Association (Redirected from Municipal Employees Association)

Municipal Employees' Association
Date dissolved1924
Merged intoNational Union of General and Municipal Workers
Members65,000 (1921)
AffiliationTUC, ITUC, Labour
Key peopleAlbin Taylor
Peter J. Tevenan
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Municipal Employees' Association was a trade union representing local government workers in the United Kingdom.

The union was founded in 1888 as the London County Council Employees' Protection Association, to represent workers at the London County Council, which was formally constituted the following year.[1] The union was initially led by William Anderson.[2]

In 1899i t was renamed the National Association of County Authority Employees. It grew considerably after the collapse of the National Municipal Labour Union in 1900, and in 1901 it became the "Municipal Employees Association". In 1907, General Secretary Albin Taylor was dismissed by the union's General Council. The following year, he set up a break-away National Union of Corporation Workers. Nevertheless, by 1910, the Association had 13,500 members.[2] Membership continued to grow under new general secretary Peter J. Tevenan, reaching a peak of 65,000 in 1921, with about one-fifth in London, and a further fifth in Scotland and Ireland.[2]

In 1924, the Association merged with the National Union of General Workers and the National Amalgamated Union of Labour to form the National Union of General and Municipal Workers.[2]

General Secretaries

1894: William Anderson
1902: Albin Taylor
1907: Richard Davies
1913: Peter J. Tevenan


  1. ^ James C. Docherty, Historical Dictionary of Organized Labor, p.191
  2. ^ a b c d Arthur Marsh, Victoria Ryan and John B. Smethurst, Historical Directory of Trade Unions, vol.5

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