Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers

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USDAW
USDAW logo.png
Full name Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers
Founded 1947
Predecessor National Union of Distributive and Allied Workers
National Union of Shop Assistants, Warehousemen and Clerks
Members over 433,000
Affiliation TUC, ICTU, STUC, Labour[1]
Key people Paddy Lillis, general secretary
Amy Murphy, president
Office location 188 Wilmslow Road, Manchester
Country United Kingdom
Website www.usdaw.org.uk

The Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) is a trade union in the United Kingdom, consisting of over 433,000 members nationwide. Usdaw members work in a variety of occupations and industries including: shopworkers, factory and warehouse workers, drivers, call centres, clerical workers, milkround and dairy process, butchers and meat packers, catering, laundries, chemical processing, home shopping and pharmaceutical. The retail sector employs around 2.77 million people.

History[edit]

The union was formed in 1947 by the merger of the National Union of Distributive and Allied Workers and the National Union of Shop Assistants, Warehousemen and Clerks.

Organisation[edit]

USDAW has a managerial and supervisory section called Sata - the Supervisory, Administrative and Technical Association. This is a special section of the union representing employees in middle and lower management or with administrative or technical responsibilities.

USDAW is the recognised trade union for workers employed by Tesco; consequently, it has the biggest recognition agreement in the private sector and more than 160,000 (over a third) of its members work for Tesco. Other companies that have signed partnership agreements with USDAW include Morrisons, Sainsbury's, The Co-operative Group, Primark, Asda, Argos and Boots.

Publications[edit]

USDAW produces a quarterly membership magazine for members, Arena, as well as a bimonthly magazine for union activists, Network.

General Secretaries[edit]

1947: Joseph Hallsworth
1949: Alan Birch
1962: Alf Allen
1979: Bill Whatley
1986: Garfield Davies
1997: Bill Connor
2004: John Hannett
2018: Paddy Lillis

Presidents[edit]

1947: Percy Cottrell
1948: Walter Padley
1964: Dick Seabrook
1965: Rodney Haines
1967: Dick Seabrook
1974: Jim D. Hughes
1977: Sydney Tierney
1991: Audrey Wise
1997: Marge Carey
2006: Jeff Broome
2018: Amy Murphy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved July 18, 2013.

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