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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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NALGO’s Last Year

NALGO’s Last Year

(p.347) 9 NALGO’s Last Year
Facing Up to Thatcherism

Mike Ironside

Roger Seifert

Oxford University Press

The last of the National and Local Government Officers Association’s (NALGO) 88 years saw the union more deeply involved in action against the government than ever. It campaigned strongly in the 1992 general election, reaffirming its commitment to public ownership, to fully funded public services, and to trade-union rights. This chapter demonstrates that the defeat of Labour in the 1992 election was a terrible blow for the labour movement. Then, it offers the final argument for NALGO to join with the Confederation of Health Service Employees (COHSE) and the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE) in UNISON. It also identifies how the union responded to pressures on bargaining during the last year before merger. The union’s campaigning activity was pulled and pushed by several significant forces in its last year. The account of NALGO’s last 15 years of existence ends as it began in 1979, focused on collective bargaining, the core of all trade-union methods.

Keywords:   NALGO, trade union, labour movement, collective bargaining, COHSE, NUPE, UNISON

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