National Union of Distributive and Allied Workers

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The National Union of Distributive and Allied Workers (NUDAW) was a trade union in the United Kingdom.

The union was founded in 1921, when the Amalgamated Union of Co-operative Employees merged with the National Union of Warehouse and General Workers. The Co-operative Insurance Staff union split in 1922, but several small unions joined during the 1920s, and membership reached 96,000 by 1926, rising to 274,000 in 1946. By this point, four-tenths of its members were women.[1]

In 1947, NUDAW merged with the National Amalgamated Union of Shop Assistants, to form the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers.[1] Joseph Hallsworth was General Secretary of the union for its entire existence.[2]

General Presidents[edit]

1921: John Jagger
1942: Percy Cottrell


  1. ^ a b Arthur Ivor Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade Unions, Vol. 5, p.131
  2. ^ "HALLSWORTH, Sir Joseph", Who Was Who