National Association of Co-operative Officials

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NACO: The Co-operative Trade Union
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Full name National Association of Co-operative Officials
Founded 1917
Members 2,500
Affiliation TUC, STUC
Key people Neil Buist, General Secretary
Office location Hyde, Greater Manchester, England
Country United Kingdom

The NACO: The Cooperative Trade Union formerly National Association of Co-operative Officials is a trade union for staff in the co-operative sector in the United Kingdom, principally the Co-operative Group and other retail societies, Co-operatives UK and the Co-operative Party.

The union was founded in 1917, as the National Union of Co-operative Officials. In 1970, it merged with the National Co-operative Managers Association, and with the Co-operative Secretaries Association, adopting its current name.[1]

NACO has historically represented professionals and management in the sector, with general unions, principally the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW), recruiting among shop-floor and administrative workers. NACO has begun, with the support of Co-operatives UK, to widen its base and end the division between 'officials' and 'administrators'.

General Secretaries[edit]

1917 - 1920s: E. Emery
1920s - 1940s: Robert Simpson
1940s - 1977: Arthur Potts
1977 - 2006: Lindsay Ewing
2006–present: Neil Buist

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Arthur Ivor Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade Unions, p.128