The papers of UNISON

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The archive includes UNISON NEC papers, 1995-1999; UNISON Senior Management Team minutes, 1993-2000; UNISON Standing Orders Committee 2001; Branch Secretaries' circulars and Information Bulletins, 2000-2001.

In addition to UNISON material the archive includes 9 boxes of NALGO conference papers and some NUPE files on rules, finance and individual union divisions.

Administrative / Biographical History

UNISON was formed on 1 July 1993 by the amalgamation of the National and Local Government Officers' Association, the National Union of Public Employees and the Confederation of Health Service Employees.

Conditions Governing Access

Access conditions have not yet been agreed. Please contact the Centre for further information.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by UNISON on a regular basis. An additional deposit of 88 boxes was made in August 2004.

Other Finding Aids

The archive has not yet been catalogued. An interim box list is available in the Centre's searchroom and in pdf form: at

An authority record exists for UNISON (GB 0152 AAR 1158) and for Rodney Bickerstaffe (GB 0152 AAR 3018).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

The Centre holds Rodney Bickerstaffe's papers, both as General Secretary of NUPE and of UNISON. See for further information.

The Centre also holds the papers of UNISON's predecessors: NALGO (see for further information), NUPE (see for further information) and COHSE (see for further information).