National Union of Gold, Silver and Allied Trades
|Full name||National Union of Gold, Silver and Allied Trades|
|Merged into||Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section, Irish Transport and General Workers' Union|
|Country||United Kingdom, Ireland|
The union was founded in Sheffield in 1910 as the Amalgamated Society of Gold, Silver and Kindred Trades, merging several local societies both in Sheffield and Dublin. In 1914, it merged with the Birmingham Silversmiths and Electroplate Operatives union, assuming its final name.
Membership remained low for many years - just over 200 in 1920, and fewer than 100 in 1930. It merged with the Society of Goldsmiths, Jewellers and Kindred Trades in 1969, pushing membership up to 250. However, by 1979, it had risen to 2,308. In 1981, NUGSAT merged with the Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section, although its Ireland-based members instead joined the Irish Transport and General Workers Union.
- John B. Smethurst and Alan Carter, Historical Directory of Trade Unions, Volume 6, p.268
- Arthur Ivor Marsh, Trade Union Handbook, p.191