Claude Bartlett

Claude Bartlett (1897–1 April 1972) was a British trade union leader.

Bartlett worked in asylums and joined the National Asylum Workers' Union in 1919. He became President of the union in 1927, which in 1931 was renamed the "Mental Hospital and Institutional Workers' Union", all the while remaining a hospital employee.[1] He chaired the conference which saw the union merge with others to form the Confederation of Health Service Employees, and was also elected as president of the new union.[2]

In 1948, Bartlett was elected to the General Council of the Trades Union Congress,[1] and in 1960, he became President of the Trades Union Congress,[3] the first holder of that post in many years to remain in non-trade union employment. He was appointed a CBE in 1960,[4] and retired in 1962.[5]

Following his retirement, Bartlett lived in Ivybridge in Devon, where he served as a parish councillor.[5]


  1. ^ a b Report of 104th Annual Trades Union Congress, p.310
  2. ^ Frank Lynch, "Claude Bartlett – COHSE President", COHSE, 1972
  3. ^ Derek Moon, "T.U.C. "War" on the outlaw strikers", Glasgow Herald, 5 September 1960
  4. ^ "Supplement to the London Gazette", 1 January 1960, p.10
  5. ^ a b Gregory S. Donges, Policymaking for the Mentally Handicapped, p.33
Trade union offices
Preceded by
E. R. Blackburn
President of the Mental Hospital and Institutional Workers' Union
Succeeded by
Position abolished
Preceded by
New position
President of the Confederation of Health Service Employees
Succeeded by
Ron Farmer
Preceded by
Robert Willis
President of the Trades Union Congress
Succeeded by
Ted Hill
Preceded by
Frank Cousins and Frederick Hayday
Trades Union Congress representative to the AFL-CIO
With: Bill Webber
Succeeded by
Harry Douglass and Anne Godwin