Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff

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APEX
Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff logo.jpg
Full name Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff
Founded 1940
Predecessor Association of Women Clerks and Secretaries
National Union of Clerks
Date dissolved 1989
Merged into GMB
Members 140,292 (1980[1])
Journal The Clerk
Affiliation TUC, Labour Party, IFCCTE
Office location 70 St George's Square, London
Country United Kingdom

The Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff (APEX) was a British trade union which represented clerical and administrative employees.

The Clerks Union was formed in 1890 and later was renamed as the National Union of Clerks. Then, following rapid growth and amalgamation with several other unions, the name was again changed to the National Union of Clerks and Administrative Workers (NUCAW) with a membership of around 40,000.

The union was founded in 1940, when the Association of Women Clerks and Secretaries merged with the National Union of Clerks and Administrative Workers, the new organisation being named the Clerical and Administrative Workers' Union. The union organised in the white-collar sector in the City of London and across the country, and had particular success in recruiting in the engineering industry. In the 1960s its membership grew rapidly, but it was less successful in the 1970s, membership increasing by 18%, while that of its rival, the Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs (ASTMS), nearly doubled.[1]

The union changed its name to the Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff (APEX) in 1972. It was the union at the centre of the Grunwick dispute in the 1970s.

APEX, like its predecessors, was an affiliated trade union of the British Labour Party and was a key influence on the right-wing of the Party, particularly as, until 1972, it enforced a rule preventing communists from holding positions in the union. Its relations with other unions were often difficult, as it competed not only with the ASTMS for members, but also with the National Union of Bank Employees and various general unions. In particular, a dispute over members at General Accident was referred to the Trades Union Congress Disputes Committee and the fall-out led to APEX's general secretary, Roy Grantham, failing to win re-election to the General Council of the TUC.[1]

In 1989 APEX merged with the GMB trade union and now exists as a section within the GMB.

General Secretaries[edit]

1909: Herbert Henry Elvin
1941: Fred Woods
1956: Anne Godwin
1963: Henry Chapman
1971: Roy Grantham

Presidents[edit]

1940: William Elger
1946: R. E. Scouller
1951: Helene Walker
1961: David Currie
1972: Denis Howell
1983: Ken Smith

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jürgen Hoffman, Marcus Kahmann and Jeremy Waddington, A Comparison of the Trade Union Merger Process in Britain and Germany, p.58