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Britain's unions


The following member organisations are listed alphabetically by acronym. Membership figures are based on those given to the TUC as at January 2006.

TUC membership now stands at 59 unions, representing nearly six and a half million people (For previous years' total membership figures, Presidents of Congress and TUC General Secretaries, please click here).

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Whilst TUC unions represent the vast majority of trade unionists in Britain there are a number of unions which are not affiliated. Most of these are small organisations representing specialist staff and in many cases employees of a particular organisation, there are however some substantial organisations which are outside the TUC. These include the Police Federation which is barred by law from affiliating to the TUC. The government appointed Certification Officer maintains a list of all unions and employers organisations.

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Simmons House, 46 Old Bath Road, Charvil, Reading, Berks, RG10 9QR

Tel  0118934 1808 Fax 0118 932 0208
Email info@AccordHQ.org
Web www.accord-myunion.org

General secretary 
Gen sec Ged Nichols

Main trades the Halifax Bank of Scotland Group (HBOS)

m 8,653 f 18,824 total 27,477

Association for College Management
35 The Point, Market Harborough Leicestershire LE16 7QU

Tel  01858461110 Fax 01858461366
Email admin@acm.uk.com
Web www.acm.uk.com

General secretary 
Peter Pendle

Main trades representing managers in the learning and skills sector

m 1,756 f 2,097 total 3,864

2nd floor, 16/17 High Street, Tring, Herts HP23 5AH

Tel  01442891122 Fax 01442891133
Email info@advance-union.org
Web www.advance-union.org

General secretary 
Linda Rolph

Main trades All staff employed in the Abbey and Santander UK based companies

m 1,760 f 5,456 total 7,216

Association of Educational Psychologists
26 The Avenue, Durham DH1 4ED

Tel  0191384 9512 Fax 0191 386 5287
Email sao@aep.org.uk
Web www.aep.org.uk

General secretary 
Charles Ward

Main trades educational psychologists in local educational authorities and other public and private organisations (England, Wales & Northern Ireland)

m 772 f 2,303 total 3,075

Association of Flight Attendants
AFA Council 07, United Airlines Cargo Centre, Shoreham Road East, Heathrow Airport, Hounslow, Middx, TW6 3UA

Tel  0208276 6723 Email afalhr@unitedafa.org
Web www.afalhr.org.uk

General secretary 
Saad Bhatkar

Main trades airline cabin crew

Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen
9 Arkwright Road, London NW3 6AB

Tel  0207317 8600 Fax 0207794 6406
Email info@aslef.org.uk
Web www.aslef.org.uk

General secretary 
Keith Norman

Main trades railways (drivers, operational supervisors and staff)

m 15,906 f 576 total 16,482

Woolley Hall, Woolley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF4 2JR

Tel  01226383 428 Fax 01226383 427
Email admin@aspect.org.uk
Web www.aspect.org.uk

General secretary 
John Chowcat LI.B (Hons)

The recognised specialist union for school improvement professionals

m 1,772 f 2,197 total 3,969

Association of Teachers and Lecturers
7 Northumberland Street, London WC2N 5RD

Tel  0207930 6441 Fax 020 7930 1359
Email info@atl.org.uk
Web www.atl.org.uk

General secretary 
Dr Mary Bousted

Main trades teachers, headteachers, lecturers and teaching support staff in nursery, primary, secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges

m 30,416 f 87,621 total 118,037

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British Association of Colliery Management - Technical, Energy and Administrative Management
6A South Parade, Doncaster DN1 2DY

Tel  01302815 551 Fax 01302815 552
Email gs@bacmteam.org.uk
Web www.bacmteam.org.uk

General secretary 
Patrick Carragher

m 2,792 f 171 total 2,963

British Air Line Pilots Association
BALPA House, 5 Heathrow Boulevard, 278 Bath Road, West Drayton, UB7 0DQ

Tel  0208476 4000 Fax 0208476 4077
Email balpa@balpa.org
Web www.balpa.org.uk

General secretary 
Jim McAuslan

Main trades airline pilots, winchmen and flight engineers (commercial)

m 8,712 f 419 total 9,131

British Dietetic Association
5th Floor, Charles House, 148/149 Gt Charles Street, Birmingham B3 3HT

Tel  0121200 8010 Fax 0121200 8081
Email ir@bda.uk.com
Web www.bda.uk.com

General secretary 
Head of employment relations Debbie O'Rourke

Main trades the science and practice of dietetics in the private and public sector

m 178 f 5,590 total 5,768

Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union
373-377 Clapham Road, London, SW9 9BT

Tel  0207346 0900 Email info@bectu.org.uk
Web www.bectu.org.uk

General secretary 
Gerry Morrissey

Main trades broadcasting, film, video, theatre, cinema and related sectors

m 18,148 f 8,395 total 26,543

Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union
Stanborough House, Great North Road, Stanborough, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 7TA

Tel  01707260 150 Fax 01707261 570
Email bfawuho@aol.com
Web www.bfawu.org

General secretary 
Joe Marino

Main trades food

British Orthoptic Society Trade Union
Tavistock House North, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HX

Tel  0207387 7992 Fax 0207383 2584
Email bos@orthoptics.org.uk
Web www.orthoptics.org.uk

Membership email 

General secretary 
Employment relations officer Rosie Auld

Main trades orthoptists

m 38 f 1,005 total 1,043

Britannia Staff Union
Court Lodge, Leonard Street, Leek, Staffordshire ST 13 5JP

Tel  01538399 627 Fax 01538371 342
Email bsu@themail.co.uk
Web www.britanniasu.org.uk

General secretary 
John Stoddard

Main trades finance sector union representing staff working in Britannia Building Society and its group of companies

m 862 f 2,331 total 3,193

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Community and District Nursing Association
Thames Valley University, Walpole House 18-22 Bond Street, Ealing, London W5 5AA

Tel  0208231 0180 Fax 0208231 0187
Email info@cdnaonline.org
Web www.cdnaonline.org

General secretary 
Chair, Rowena Smith

Main trades community and district nurses, health care assistants and everyone working within community health

m 158 f 3,605 total 3,763

Swinton House, 324 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8DD

Tel  0207239 1200 Fax 0207278 8378
Email info@community-tu.org
Web www.community-tu.org

General secretary 
Michael Leahy OBE

Main trades industries in and around steel and metal, knitwear, lace, textiles, hosiery, dyeing and finishing, footwear and leather, gloving, made-up leather goods

The Union for Life

m 55,644 f 11,844 total 67,488

30 St George's Road, Wimbledon SW19 4BD

Tel  0208971 6000 Fax 0208971 6002
Email union@connectuk.org
Web www.connectuk.org

General secretary 
Adrian Askew

Main trades telecommunications, information technology and related industries

The union for professionals in communications

m 15,646 f 3,826 total 19,472

Card Setting Machine Tenters Society
48 Scar End Lane, Staincliffe, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire WF13 4NY

Tel  01924400 206 Fax 01924 400 206

General secretary 
Anthony John Moorhouse

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
14 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4ED

Tel  0207306 6666 Fax 020 7306 6611
Email enquiries@csp.org.uk
Web www.csp.org.uk

General secretary 
Director of employment relations Lesley Mercer

m 4,030 f 31,020 total 35,050

Communication Workers Union
150 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1RX

Tel  0208971 7200 Fax 0208971 7300
Email info@cwu.org
Web www.cwu.org

General secretary 
Gen sec Billy Hayes

Main trades Royal Mail Group, British Telecom and other telephone companies, Cable TV, Accenture HR Services, the Alliance and Leicester and other related industries

m 191,118 f 47,699 total 240,817

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Derbyshire Group Staff Union
The Lodge, Duffield Hall, Derbyshire, DE56 1AG

Tel  01332844396 Email deirdre.smith@dgsu.org.uk

General secretary 
Chair Deidre Smith

m 114 f 390 total 504

Diageo Staff Association
Sun Works Cottage, Park Royal Brewery, London NW10 7RR

Tel  0208978 6069 Email diageo.staff.association@diageo.com

Main trades Diageo group of companies

m 255, f 153 total 408

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Educational Institute of Scotland
46 Moray Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BH

Tel  0131225 6244 Fax 0131220 3151
Email enquiries@eis.org.uk
Web www.eis.org.uk

General secretary 
Ronald A Smith

Main trades teachers, lecturers, associated educational personnel (Scotland)

m 14,470 f 44,359 total 58,829

Guild House, Upper St Martin's Lane, London WC2H 9EG

Tel  0207379 6000 Fax 0207379 7001
Email info@equity.org.uk
Web www.equity.org.uk

General secretary 
Christine Payne

Main trades performance workers in theatre, film television, radio and variety

m 18,085 f 17,857 total 35,942

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Fire Brigades Union
Bradley House, 68 Coombe Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT2 7AE

Tel  0208541 1765 Fax 0208546 5187
Email office@fbu.org.uk
Web www.fbu.org.uk

General secretary 
Matt Wrack

Main trades local authority fire brigades

m 43,467 f 2,372 total 45,839

8 Leake Street, London SE1 7NN

Tel  0207401 5555 Fax 0207401 5500
Email head-office@fda.org.uk
Web www.fda.org.uk

General secretary 
Jonathan Baume

Main trades civil service, public bodies and NHS

The union of choice for senior public sector managers and professionals

m 9,519 f 7,543 total 17,062

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22/24 Worple Road, London SW19 4DD

Tel  0208947 3131 Fax 0208944 6552
Email info@gmb.org.uk
Web www.gmb.org.uk

General secretary 
Paul Kenny

Main trades public services - primarily NHS, local government, care education; also engineering, construction, shipbuilding, energy, catering, security, civil air transport, aerospace, defence, clothing, textiles, retail, hotel, chemicals, utilities, offshore, food production and distribution

Britain's General Union

m 327,512 f 248,380 total 575,892

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Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association
1 Kingsclere Road, Overton, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG25 3JA

Tel  01256771 777 Fax 01256770 999
Email conspec@hcsa.com
Web www.hcsa.com

General secretary 
Stephen Campion

Main trades hospital consultants, associate specialists, SpR grade and staff grade

m 2,612 f 476 total 3,088

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Musicians' Union
60/62 Clapham Road, London SW9 0JJ

Tel  0207582 5566 Fax 0207582 9805
Email info@musiciansunion.org.uk
Web www.musiciansunion.org.uk

General secretary 
Gen sec John Smith

Main trades employed and self-employed musicians including live and recording artists, writers, composers and teachers

m 23,289 f 8,352 total 32,461

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National Association of Co-operative Officials
6a Clarendon Place, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 2QZ

Tel  0161351 7900 Fax 0161366 6800
Email initials@nacoco-op.org
Web www.nacoco-op.org

General secretary 
Neil Buist

Main trades retail distribution, insurance, dairy industry, funeral services, motor trades (retail), retail pharmacy, travel industry, agriculture

m 1,573 f 563 total 2,136

National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers
Wadsworth House, 130-132 Doncaster Road Barnsley, South Yorkshire S70 1TP

Tel  01226203 743 Fax 01226295 563
Email natnacods@aol.com

General secretary 
Ian Parker

Main trades mining

4 Chivalry Road, London SW11 1HT

Tel  0207223 4887 Fax 0207223 3503
Email info@napo.org.uk
Web www.napo.org.uk

General secretary 
Judy McKnight

Main trades probation offiers, including hostel assistant wardens and community service sessional supervisors and family court staff

The Trade Union and Professional Association for Family Court and Probation Staff

m 2,928 f 6,125 total 9,053

National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers
5 King Street, London WC2E 8SD

Tel  0207420 9670 Fax 0207420 9679
Email nasuwt@mail.nasuwt.org.uk
Web www.teachersunion.org.uk

Membership email 

General secretary 
Chris Keates

Main trades education

Represents teachers and is the only TUC affiliated teachers' union to organise across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

m 73,867 f 177,896 total 251,763

Nautilus UK
Oceanair House, 750/760 High Road, London E11 3BB

Tel  0208989 6677 Fax 0208530 1015
Email enquiries@nautilusuk.org
Web www.nautilusuk.org

General secretary 
Brian Orrell

Main trades merchant navy and all related areas

m 16,723 f 335 total 17,058

Nationwide Group Staff Union
Middleton Farmhouse, 37 Main Road, Middleton Cheney, Banbury, Oxon OX17 2QT

Tel  01295710 767 Fax 01295712 580
Email ngsu@ngsu.org.uk
Web www.ngsu.org.uk

General secretary 
Tim Poil

Main trades all staff within the Nationwide Building Society Group, including Nationwide, Nationwide International Ltd, Nationwide Life Ltd, Nationwide Trust Ltd and UCB Home Loans

m 3,419 f 9,208 total 12,627

National Union of Journalists
Headland House, 308 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP

Tel  0207278 7916 Fax 0207837 8143
Email info@nuj.org.uk
Web www.nuj.org.uk

General secretary 
Jeremy Dear

Main trades journalists, photographers, new media and PR

m 18,600 f 12,400 total 31,000

National Union of Mineworkers
Miners' Offices, 2 Huddersfield Rd, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S70 2LS

Tel  01226215 555 Fax 01226215 561
Email chris.kitchen@num.org.uk
Web www.num.org.uk

General secretary 
Chris Kitchen

Main trades coal mining

National Union of Teachers
Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD

Tel  0207388 6191 Fax 0207387 8458
Web www.teachers.org.uk

General secretary 
Christine Blower (acting)

Main trades teachers

m 64,878 f 205,558 total 270,436

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Public and Commercial Services Union
160 Falcon Road, London SW11 2LN

Tel  0207924 2727 Fax 0207924 1847
Web www.pcs.org.uk

General secretary 
Mark Serwotka

Main trades government departments and agencies, public bodies, private sector information technology and other service companies

m 123,810 f 186,686 total total 311,274

Professional Footballers' Association
20 Oxford Court, Bishopsgate, Manchester M2 3WQ

Tel  0161236 0575 Fax 0161228 7229
Email info@thepfa.co.uk
Web www.givemefootball.com

General secretary 
Gordon Taylor, BSc(Econ), HonDArt, Hon MA

Main trades professional football

Prison Officers' Association
Cronin House, 245 Church Street, London N9 9HW

Tel  0208803 0255 Fax 0208803 1761
Web www.poauk.org.uk

General secretary 
Brian Caton

Main trades persons employed in any penal or secure establishment or special hospital as a prison officer, a nursing grade, a non-industrial stores grade and NHS secure forensic staff

m 26,684 f 9,088 total 35,772

New Prospect House, 8 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Tel  0207902 6600 Fax 0207902 6667
Email enquiries@prospect.org.uk
Web www.prospect.org.uk

General secretary 
Paul Noon

Main trades engineering, scientific, managerial & professional staff in agriculture, defence, electricity supply, energy, environment, health & safety, heritage, industry, law & order, shipbuilding, transport

m 79,695 f 21,837 total 101,532

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National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers
39 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD

Tel  0207387 4771 Fax 0207387 4123
Web www.rmt.org.uk

General secretary 
Bob Crow

Main trades railways and shipping, underground, road transport

m 65,952 f 8,587 total 74,539

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Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
1 Fellmongers Path, Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 3LY

Tel  0845450 3720 Fax 0845450 3721
Email enq@scpod.org
Web www.feetforlife.org

General secretary 
Chief executive Ms Joanna Brown

m 2,412 f 6,183 total 8,595

Society of Radiographers
207 Providence Square, Mill Street, London SE1 2EW

Tel  0207740 7200 Fax 0207740 7233
Web www.sor.org

General secretary 
Chief exec officer Richard Evans

Main trades National Health Service

m 2,553 f 14,285 total 16,838

1 Providence Place Skipton North Yorkshire BD23 1HG

Tel  01756692000 Fax 08706013230
Email Brian.McDaid@hml.co.uk

General secretary 
Chair Brian McDaid

Main trades the unions representing staff employed by the Skipton Building Society and wholely owned subsidiaries

The union for staff of the Skipton Building Society

m 484 f 882 total 1,366

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Transport Salaried Staffs' Association
Walkden House, 10 Melton Street, London NW1 2EJ

Tel  0207387 2101 Fax 0207383 0656
Email enquiries@tssa.org.uk
Web www.tssa.org.uk

General secretary 
Gerry Doherty

Main trades administrative, clerical, supervisory, managerial, professional and technical employees of railways, London Underground, buses, road haulage, port authorities and waterways in Great Britain and Ireland. Also employees in the travel trade, hotel and catering industries

m 20,835 f 8,396 total 29,231

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H13, PO Box 88, Croft Road, Crossflatts, Bingley BD16 2UA

Tel  07721978154 Fax 07747756214
Email ubac@bbg.co.uk

General secretary 
David Matthews

Main trades Represents staff in the Bradford and Bingley Group and Alltel Mortgage Solutions

m 538 f 1,055 total 1,593

Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru
Pen Roc, Rhodfa'r Môr, Aberystwyth, SY23 2AZ

Tel  01970639 950 Fax 01970626 765
Email ucac@athrawon.com
Web www.athrawon.com

General secretary 
Gruff Hughes

Main trades education - teachers and lecturers

m 892 f 3,118 total 4,010

Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians
UCATT House, 177 Abbeville Road, London SW4 9RL

Tel  0207622 2442 Fax 0207720 4081
Email info@ucatt.org.uk
Web www.ucatt.org.uk

General secretary 
Alan Ritchie

Main trades construction and building

m 125,599 f 3,315 total 128,914

University and College Union
27 Britannia Street, London WC1X 9JP

Tel  0207837 3636 Fax 0207837 4403
Email hq@ucu.org.uk
Web www.ucu.org.uk

General secretary 
Sally Hunt

Main trades academic and academic related staff in higher education, further education, adult education, land-based education and prison education

m 61,283 f 54,124 total 117,804

UNISON, 1 Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9AJ

Tel  0845355 0845 Fax 0207551 1101
Web www.unison.org.uk

General secretary 
Dave Prentis

Main trades local government, health care, the water, gas and electricity industries, further and higher education, schools, transport, voluntary sector, housing associations, police support staff

m 398,644 f 944,356 total 1,343,000

Amicus Section: 35 King Street, London, WC2E 8JG. TGWU section: Transport House, 128 Theobald's Road, Holborn, London WC1X 8TN

Tel  02074208900 (Amicus) 020 76112500 (TGWU) Fax 02072404723 (Amicus) 020 76112555 (TGWU)
Web www.unitetheunion.org.uk

General secretary 
Joint Gen Secs Tony Woodley and Derek Simpson

Main trades manufacturing, engineering, energy, construction, IT, defence aerospace, motor industry, civil aviation, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, steel and metals, shipbuilding, scientists, technologists, professional and managerial staff, electronics and telecommunications, tobacco, food and drink, textiles, ceramics, paper, printing, professional staff in universities, commercial sales, the voluntary sector, banking and financial services, and the National Health Service, administrative, clerical, technical and supervisory; agriculture; building, construction and civil engineering; chemical, oil and rubber manufacture; civil air transport; docks and waterways; food, drink and tobacco; general workers; passenger services; power and engineering; public services; road transport commercial; textiles; vehicle building and automotive.

Unite is the new general union, created in 2007 from the merger of the TGWU and Amicus.

m 1,508,318 f 433,292 total 1,941,610

Hillcrest House, Garth Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 2AB

Tel  01782272 755 Fax 01782284 902
Web www.unitytheunion.org.uk

General secretary 
Geoff Bagnall

Main trades the ceramics industry (all areas)

m 4,704 f 2,535 total 7,239

United Road Transport Union
Almond House, Oak Green, Stanley Green Business Park, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 6QL

Tel  0800526639 Fax 0161861 0976
Email info@urtu.com
Web www.urtu.com

General secretary 
Robert Monks

Main trades drivers, warehousing, ancillary workers in the logistics and food sectors

Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers
188 Wilmslow Road, Manchester M14 6LJ

Tel  0161224 2804 Fax 0161257 2566
Email enquiries@usdaw.org.uk
Web www.usdaw.org.uk

General secretary 
John Hannett

Main trades retail, distributive, food processing and manufacturing, laundries, catering, chemical processing, pharmaceutical, home shopping, warehouses, insurance agents, clerical, milkround and dairy process, call centres

m 143,935 f 197,356 total 341,291

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The Writers' Guild of Great Britain
17 Britannia Street, London, WC1X 9JN

Tel  0207833 0777 Fax 0207833 4777
Email admin@writersguild.org.uk
Web www.writersguild.org.uk

General secretary 
Bernie Corbett

Main trades television, radio, film, books, theatre and multimedia

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Yorkshire Independent Staff Association
c/o Yorkshire Building Society, Yorkshire House, Yorkshire Drive, Rooley Lane, Bradford BD5 8LJ

Tel  01274472453 Email kmwatson@ybs.co.uk

General secretary 
Karen Watson

m 389 f 860 total 1,249