National Union of Public Employees

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National Union of Public Employees
Founded 1908
Date dissolved 1993
Merged with NALGO and COHSE
Members 693,100 (1977)
Journal NUPE Journal
Affiliation Trades Union Congress
Office location Civic House, 8 Aberdeen Terrace, London
Country United Kingdom

The National Union of Public Employees (NUPE) was a British trade union which existed between 1908 and 1993. It represented public sector workers.


The union was founded in 1908 as the National Union of Corporation Workers, which split from the Municipal Employees Association, following Albin Taylor's dismissal as General Secretary. The union became NUPE in 1925.[1]

The NUPE grew rapidly, from a membership of 250,100 in 1966 to 693,100 members in 1977, making it the fifth largest union in Britain.[2]

In 1993, NUPE merged with NALGO (the National and Local Government Officers Association) and COHSE (the Confederation of Health Service Employees) to form UNISON.

A similarly named trade union exists in New Zealand as of 2012.[3]

General Secretaries[edit]

1908: Albin Taylor
1925: Jack Wills
1934: Bryn Roberts
1962: Sydney Hill
1968: Alan Fisher
1982: Rodney Bickerstaffe


  1. ^ Arthur Marsh, Victoria Ryan and John B. Smethurst, Historical Directory of Trade Unions ISBN 978-0-85967-990-9
  2. ^ Marsh, Arthur (1979). Trade Union Handbook: A Guide and Directory to the Structure, Membership, Policy and Personnel of the British Trade Unions. Westmead, Hants.: Gower Press. p. 14. ISBN 0-566-02091-2. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  3. ^ National Union of Public Employees NZ

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