Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union

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The Amalgamated Electrical and Engineering Union (AEEU) is a former British trade union.

The Amalgamated Society of Engineers was founded in 1851. It merged with other unions to form the Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) in 1920.[1]

In 1961, Gaitskellite victories in the AEU helped to guarantee the leadership line at the Labour party conference. This was widely attributed to the Campaign for Democratic Socialism but Labour MP Charles Pannell claimed he and General Secretary Cecil Hallett had worked to build IRIS cells in the union.[2]

Mergers took place with the Amalgamated Union of Foundry Workers in 1968, the Construction Engineering Workers and the Draughtsmen and Allied Technicians Association in 1970, to become the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (AEUW). In 1992, it merged with the EETPU to become the Amalgamated Electrical and Engineering Union (AEEU).[1]

In 2001 it merged with the Manufacturing, Science and Finance (MSF) union to form Amicus, which in 2006 became Unite.[3]



General secretaries


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 David Butler and Gareth Butler, Twentieth Century British Political Facts 1900-2000, Macmillan, 2000, p.389.
  2. Stephen Dorril and Robin Ramsay, Smear: Wilson and the Secret State, Fourth Estate Limited, 1991, p.27.
  3. Unite the Union, History, accessed 3 March 2015