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AMALGAMATED SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS, MACHINISTS, SMITHS, MILLRIGHTS and PATTERNMAKERS (ASE)

Formed 6th January 1851 from a number of small, mainly regional, engineering trade unions.

Silver
 early silver badge
legend reads:-
"Unity Is Strength -
Defence Not Defiance".
brass / enamel
  brass/enamel    

On the 1st July 1920 the ASE merged with nine other engineering trade unions to form the

AMALGAMATED ENGINEERING UNION (AEU).

Amalgamation 1920
  "Unity Is Strength
- Amalgamation 1920"

Amalgamation badge 1920     Large

Small
In 1967 the AEU merged with the NATIONAL UNION OF FOUNDRY WORKERS (NUFW) to form the

AMALGAMATED UNION of ENGINEERING and FOUNDRY WORKERS (AEF)


A.E.U.
Shop Stewards badge

In 1970 the AEF merged with the DRAUGHTSMANS AND ALLIED TECHNICIANS ASSOCIATION (DATA) which became the Technical and Supervisory Section (TASS) of the union and the CONSTRUCTURAL ENGINEERING UNION (CEU) to form the

AMALGAMATED UNION of ENGINEERING WORKERS.
(AUEW)

Internal differences led TASS to withdraw from AUEW and in 1985 the name once more became the

AMALGAMATED ENGINEERING UNION (AEU)

In 1992 the AEU finally merged with the ELECTRICAL, ELECTRONIC, TELECOMMUNICATIONS and PLUMBING UNION (EEPTU), after a hundred years of off and on discussions and became the

AMALGAMATED ENGINEERING and ELECTRICAL UNION (AEEU)


A.E.E.U.

long service 30 years

40 years
 

Timex dispute, Dundee 1993

Hilliers dispute, 1992/93

In 2002 AEEU merged with MANUFACTURING, SCIENCE and FINANCE (MSF) to form

AMICUS


Since this merger other Trade Unions have been absorbed, the major ones being GRAPHICAL, PAPER and MEDIA UNION (GPMU) a print union and UNIFI a banking and insurance union.  Ongoing discussions with the TRANSPORT and GENERAL WORKERS UNION suggest that this family of badges is an ongoing one.

Trevor Owens
November 2006



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