This chapter discusses the merger of the National and Local Government Officers Association (NALGO) with the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE) and the Confederation of Health Service Employees (COHSE) to form UNISON. It argues that most academic explanations of mergers generally neglect two important factors: the underlying dynamics of change among the merging unions’ memberships; and the political role of leaders and activists in shaping decisions about whether or not to merge. It also contends that, in the case of NALGO members, the move to merge was rooted in their experiences as employees during the 1980s. NALGO’s policies taken into UNISON are shown.
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