Ministry of Labour Staff Association
|Founded||24 May 1912|
|Merged into||Civil and Public Services Association|
|Journal||Civil Service Argus|
|Key people||Reginald Crook (Gen Sec)|
|Office location||244 Tolworth Rise South, Tolworth|
The union was founded in 1912 as the National Federation of Employment Department Clerks, bringing together five largely autonomous regional unions of clerks in the newly-established labour exchanges. The union gradually grew, admitting women from 1914, and temporary staff as associate members from 1918. That year, the regional unions amalgamated fully, and the federation became the Employment Department Clerks' Association.
Despite the amalgamation, the union failed to grow further, partly because temporary staff were not willing to join a union which would permit them only associate status. In an attempt to reinvigorate itself, the union became the "Ministry of Labour Staff Association" in 1924 and, for the first time, appointed a full-time general secretary, Reginald Crook. Temporary staff were finally permitted full membership, and typists, messengers and third class officers were also permitted to join.
The union spent much of its time campaigning for increases in wages, but this only succeeded in 1947, when Ministry of Labour clerks were placed on general civil service pay scales.
- 1924: Reginald Crook
- 1951: Emrys Thomas
- 1960: John L. Tindall