The CWU Information Service/Library

  • The Library/Information Service is part of the CWU Research Dept. and exists primarily to respond to enquiries from CWU Officers and Executive Committee members, but will also attempt to meet all reasonable requests for information from outside headquarters, particularly from branches and members.
  • The Library contains records of all CWU documentation such as Conference and Policy reports.
  • The Library is also responsible for managing and maintaining the Union’s archives, mainly comprising Letter to Branches (or forerunners); Branch Officials’ Bulletins; Committee documents and industrial agreements.
  • There is also a substantial collection of books, journals and reports on the industries in which CWU members work.
  • The Library specialises in postal services and areas of telecommunications such as policy and regulation.
  • Other areas of interest to the CWU such as financial services, industrial relations, employment law, equal opportunities, health and safety, pay and conditions of service are, also covered.
  • Other collections include a reference collection; a statistical collection and an annual reports collection.
  • We also have access to a number of online resources including LexisNexis, Xperthr and Labour Research Department.
  • This web OPAC [linked below] enables you to locate books, pamphlets, periodicals and periodical articles held in stock. If you cannot trace the material you require please contact the Library.

To request information or arrange a library visit please contact: Denis Lenihan at: ‘’ or telephone 020 8971 7279

The CWU Library Catalogue


All Day Long: a Portrait of Britain at Work review – is our labour really working?

Joanna Biggs’s fascinating book of case studies – from sex workers to special advisers – looks beyond jobs-boom spin to study the UK’s real working life



Blacklisted: The Secret War between Big Business and Union Activists

Author: Dave Smith and Phil Chamberlain

Blacklisted tells the controversial story of the illegal strategies that transnational construction companies used to keep union activists away from work.

Articles and Reports:

Special Report – The Young: Generation uphill

Published:  2016

Subjects:    Young People; Young Workers; Employment; Education; Mobility; Families; Violence; Politics

Series:    Economist, 418, 23 Jan. 2016 – Special Report: the young, 12pages

The millennials are the brainiest, best-educated generation ever. Yet their elders often stop them from reaching their full potential, argues Robert Guest[value][year]=2016&category=76982

Estimates of Employee Jobs Paid Less than the Living Wage in London and other parts of the UK 

Published:    Office for National Statistics 2015

Pagination:    22p

Subject:    Living Wage

Subject:    Pay

The impact on women of recession and austerity

TUC – 11 March, 2015

This report, prepared for TUC Women’s Conference 2015, takes stock and looks at how women have fared through recession and austerity. It finds that while progress on some headline measures of gender equality has continued – the employment and pay gap have continued to narrow, for example – some women are facing new hardships and barriers to equality…

Health and safety law 2015

This new edition of the Labour Research Department‘s annual guide to health and safety law has been updated to include all the latest legal and other developments in health and safety over the past year. It covers new regulations, HSE guidance, significant court cases and the implications of new legislation. Written with union negotiators and safety reps in mind, Health and Safety Law 2015 is an essential tool for reps and full-time trade union officials to use when negotiating with employers to ensure that workers are fully protected while at work

The mythology of business

The ‘myths’ that this publication takes into consideration are the kind of things that politicians now routinely say without thinking. Yet these 10 myths have very little foundation in reality and are rarely, if ever, accompanied with any concrete evidence to support them.

By David Whyte -Published August 2015

The Living Wage: an economic impact assessment

Type: Business and industry issue

Date: 06/07/2015

KPMG has analysed the economic impact of raising the Minimum Wage to the Living Wage and concludes it would take just 1.3 percent of the national wage bill, lifting six million people out of poverty.

Through the Roof

The housing market: Britain has one booming market that could do with a crash  

Published:    2015

Subject:    Housing

Subject:    Economic Policy

Series:    (Economist, 416 (8957), 26 Sep. 2015, pp27-28)

Protect the Right to Strike – kill the bill 

Authors:    Ewing, Keith & Hendy, John

Published:    Institute of Employment Rights 2015

Pagination:    17p

Subjects:    Trade Unions; Trade Union Ballots; Trade Union Law; Strikes; Industrial Action

The Trade Union Bill has now passed its second reading and the government is attempting to rush it through parliamentary procedures. Here two leading experts on trade union rights –Professor Keith Ewing and John Hendy QC – publish a short but comprehensive overview of the Trade Union Bill and its implications.