National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers
|Full name||National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers|
|Affiliation||TUC, STUC, Labour Party|
|Key people||Ian Parker, general secretary|
|Office location||Barnsley, England|
The National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers (NACODS) represents colliery deputies and under-officials in the coal industry. NACODS was established as a national organisation in 1910. Prior to that date, the union existed as a federation of autonomous areas which were collectively known as the General Federation of Firemen's, Examiners' and Deputies Association of Great Britain. The present title of NACODS was adopted in 1947 when the coal industry was nationalised. The union currently has 610 members (down from 16,000 in 1984) and is based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Its General Secretary is Ian Parker. It is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU).
Miners Strike of 1984-5
NACODS members did not take part in the miners strike of 1984-5 but NACODS Yorkshire Area refused to cross picket lines. Other NACODS organisations did not do so. National Coal Board head Ian McGregor later admitted that, had NACODS gone ahead with their strike, a compromise would probably have been forced on the Coal Board.