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Facing Up to ThatcherismThe History of NALGO 1979-93$
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Michael Ironside and Roger Seifert

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199240753

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199240753.001.0001

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In UNISON

In UNISON

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(p.383) 10 In UNISON
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Facing Up to Thatcherism
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Mike Ironside

Roger Seifert

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199240753.003.0010

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.

Keywords:   NALGO, COHSE, NUPE, UNISON

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