Trade Unions - dealing with change
A UNISON case study

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Page 2: UNISON´s origins

During the 1980s and early 1990s, British trade unions adapted to meet the challenge of an ideologically hostile Conservative government that introduced legislation aimed at curbing trade union activities. Within various sectors of the UK economy trade unions decided to pool resources rather than stay separate - 'United we stand'.

UNISON was formed in July 1993 when three well-established trade unions with a common interest in public services joined together:

  • COHSE (the Confederation of Health Service Employees)
  • NALGO (National Association of Local Government Officers)
  • NUPE (National Union of Public Employees).

They recognised that their working environment was changing dramatically and that to stay relevant and effective they had to adapt.

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