National Graphical Association

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The National Graphical Association (NGA) was a British trade union. It was formed in 1964 by the merger of two long-term rival unions, the Typographical Association and the London Typographical Society. It was joined by a large number of small craft print unions including the Society of Electrotypers and Stereotypers; Press Telegraphists; The Association of Correctors Of The Press; Amalgamated Lithographic Printers; Society of Lithographic Artists, Designers and Engravers (SLADE) and the National Union of Wallcoverings and Allied Trades Union. By 1982 it had a membership of 136,300.

The NGA merged with the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades in 1990 to form the Graphical, Paper and Media Union.

Recruitment activities[edit]

In 1978 the General Secretary Joe Wade (see below) asserted in a letter to the Sunday Times that "recruitment through secondary boycott has been a legitimate trade union tactic for many years."[1]

General Secretaries[edit]

  • 1964 - 69: Robert Willis and John Bonfield
  • 1969 - 76: John Bonfield
  • 1976 - 84: Joe Wade
  • 1984 - 90: Tony Dubbins

References[edit]

  • Arthur Marsh, Victoria Ryan and John B. Smethurst, Historical Directory of Trade Unions

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quoted in 'Report of an Inquiry into Certain Trade Union Recruitment Activities', Cmnd. 7706 (1979) (Leggatt Report), page 16.

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