Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers


Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers
USDAW
USDAW logo.png
Full name Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers
Founded 1947
Members 402,000
Country United Kingdom
Affiliation TUC, ICTU, STUC, AfF, Labour Party[1]
Key people John Hannett, general secretary
Jeff Broome, president
Office location Manchester, England
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 405,000 members, USDAW is the UK's fourth largest and fastest growing trade union. Membership has increased by more than 17% in the last five years and by nearly a third in the last decade. Most USDAW members work in the retail sector, but the union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades. It has a reputation as one of the less militant unions, rarely organising industrial action.

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.

There is also 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 have the biggest recognition agreement in private sector by been the recognised trade union of Tesco, with more than 160,000 members in this company. Amongst the companies who signed the Parnership Agreements with USDAW are Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Cooperative, Primark, Boots etc.

Contents

General Secretaries

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

Presidents

References

External links

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