General Council of the Trades Union Congress
The General Council of the Trades Union Congress is an elected body which is responsible for carrying out the policies agreed at the annual British Trade Union Congresses (TUC).
- 1 Organisation
- 2 History
- 2.1 1921 to 1983
- 2.1.1 Group 1: Mining and Quarrying
- 2.1.2 Group 2: Railways
- 2.1.3 Group 3: Transport (other than railways)
- 2.1.4 Group 4: Shipbuilding
- 2.1.5 Group 5: Engineering, Founding and Vehicle Building
- 2.1.6 Group 6: Technical, Engineering and Scientific
- 2.1.7 Group 7: Electrical
- 2.1.8 Group 8: Iron and Steel and Minor Metal Trades
- 2.1.9 Group 9: Building, Woodworking and Furnishing
- 2.1.10 Group 9: Cotton
- 2.1.11 Group 10: Printing and Paper
- 2.1.12 Group 11: Textiles
- 2.1.13 Group 12: Clothing
- 2.1.14 Group 12: Boot, Shoe and Leather
- 2.1.15 Group 13: Glass, Pottery, Chemicals, Food, Drink, Tobacco, Brushmaking and Distribution
- 2.1.16 Group 14: Agriculture
- 2.1.17 Group 15: Public Employees
- 2.1.18 Group 16: Civil Servants
- 2.1.19 Group 17: Non-Manual Workers
- 2.1.20 Group 18: General Workers
- 2.1.21 Group 19: Women Workers
- 2.2 1983 to present
- 2.2.1 Section A: Larger unions
- 2.2.2 Section B: Unions with 30,000 to 200,000 members
- 2.2.3 Section C: Other unions
- 2.2.4 Section D: Women
- 2.2.5 Sections E, F and G: Black workers
- 2.2.6 Section H: Disabled workers
- 2.2.7 Section I: LGBT workers
- 2.2.8 Section J: Young workers
- 2.1 1921 to 1983
- 3 References
The council has 56 members, all of whom must be proposed by one of the unions affiliated to the TUC. Unions with more members receive an automatic allocation of seats, in proportion to their membership. Smaller unions propose candidates for eleven elected seats. In addition, there are separately elected seats: four for women, three for black workers, at least one of whom must be a woman, and one each for young workers, workers with disabilities, and LGBT workers. The General Secretary also has a seat on the council.
1921 to 1983Edit
Until 1921, the leading body of the TUC was the Parliamentary Committee. This had seventeen members, but by the collapse of the Triple Alliance, it was considered ineffective and to have insufficient powers in industrial matters.
The new General Council had 32 members, elected from industrial groups, each consisting of one or more unions operating in a particular industry. Two of the places were reserved for women. It received additional powers to intervene in the case of major industrial disputes, and to resolve inter-union conflicts. In 1924, the Joint Consultative Committee was set up, which brought trades councils ultimately under the control of the General Council. However, these powers were not always exercised; many members of the council in the early years were elected on grounds of seniority, rather than recent accomplishments. Some were associated with left- and right-wing factions, although most were not strongly identified with a particular wing of the movement.
Changes to the groups and numbers of seats were made over time, as the number of workers represented in different industries fluctuated, but the system survived intact until the early 1980s.
Group 1: Mining and QuarryingEdit
Most of the members elected from Group 1 represented the large Miners' Federation of Great Britain, or its successor, the National Union of Mineworkers, but there were several smaller unions which often managed to win one seat.
|1921||Robert Thomas Jones||NWQU||Robert Smillie||MFGB||Hugh Murnin||MFGB|
|1927||A. J. Cook||MFGB|
|1931||Herbert Smith||MFGB||Ebby Edwards||MFGB|
|1933||Peter Lee||MFGB||William Forshaw||LCNWCEBBF|
|1938||R. W. Williams||NWQU|
|1946||Jim Bowman||NUM||Robert J. Jones||NWQU|
|1960||Joseph Crawford||NACODS||Will Paynter||NUM||Len Martin||NUM|
|1971||Lawrence Daly||NUM||Representation reduced to two seats|
Group 2: RailwaysEdit
Throughout this period, Group 2 comprised three railway unions: the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF), National Union of Railwaymen (NUR) and Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA). Each usually saw its general secretary elected to one of the three seats, although the abolition of one seat in 1969 left a battle between ASLEF and the TSSA for the second seat.
|1921||Alexander Walkden||TSSA||J. H. Thomas||NUR||John Bromley||ASLEF|
|1925||J. H. Thomas||NUR|
|1936||William Stott||TSSA||Richard Squance||ASLEF|
|1940||Charles Gallie||TSSA||William P. Allen||ASLEF|
|1947||Fred Bostock||TSSA||Jim Figgins||NUR||Jim Baty||ASLEF|
|1953||Bill Webber||TSSA||Jim Campbell||NUR|
|1963||John Bothwell||TSSA||Albert Griffiths||ASLEF|
Group 3: Transport (other than railways)Edit
By far the largest union in Group 3 was the Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU), although representatives of the National Union of Seamen and a couple of minor unions often secured one seat.
|1921||Harry Gosling||ASWLB||Ben Tillett||TGWU||Created 1930||Created 1968||Created 1977|
|1931||William Robert Spence||NUS|
|1955||Jock Tiffin||TGWU||A. L. Hill||TGWU|
|1974||Jim Slater||NUS||Stan Pemberton||TGWU|
Group 4: ShipbuildingEdit
Group 5: Engineering, Founding and Vehicle BuildingEdit
Group 5 contained a large number of unions - 26 in 1934 - and while the Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) reliably won at least one seat, unions like the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) and United Patternmakers' Association (UPA) often won seats.
|1921||Alonzo Swales||AEU||Jimmy Rowan||ETU||Allan Findlay||UPA||Created 1968|
|1935||Harry Berry||AEU||George Walker Thomson||AESD|
|1947||Wilfred Blackwell Beard||UPA|
|1967||John McFarlane Boyd||AEU||Alf Roberts||NUVB|
|1968||Percy Hanley||AEF||Hugh Scanlon||AEF|
|1978||John McFarlane Boyd||AUEW||Terence Duffy||AUEW|
|1982||Ed Scrivens||AUEW||Gerry Russell||AUEW|
Group 6: Technical, Engineering and ScientificEdit
|1968||Created 1968||Created 1974|
|1974||Ken Gill||TASS||Clive Jenkins||ASTMS|
Group 7: ElectricalEdit
Group 8: Iron and Steel and Minor Metal TradesEdit
The Iron and Steel and Minor Metal Trades Group was originally Group 6, but was renumbered in 1968. The Iron and Steel Trades Confederation (ISTC) was the largest union in the group, and consistently held one of its seats. Until 1966, there was a second seat, held by the tiny National Union of Gold, Silver and Allied Trades (NUGSAT), and later by the National Union of Blastfurnacemen (NUB). There were many other small unions in the group - in 1934, it had 23 members.
|1921||Arthur Pugh||ISTC||William Kean||NUGSAT|
|1945||Lincoln Evans||ISTC||Ambrose Callighan||NUB|
|1953||Harry Douglass||ISTC||Joseph O'Hagan||NUB|
|1966||Reduced to 1 seat|
Group 9: Building, Woodworking and FurnishingEdit
The Building, Woodworking and Furnishing Group was originally Group 7, but was renumbered in 1965. While there were initially a large number of unions in the group, the Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers (AUBTW) and Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers (ASW) generally won the seats, and later became part of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT), which dominated the group from the 1970s. The National Amalgamated Furnishing Trades Association (NAFTA) won a seat in the early years, and pursued an independent course throughout this period.
|1921||George Hicks||AUBTW||A. A. Purcell||NAFTA|
|1958||John C. Hill||ASW|
Group 9: CottonEdit
The Cotton Group was the original Group 9; in 1968, it was merged into the Textiles Group. The cotton industry had a large number of small trade unions, and in 1934, the group had 46 members. Unusually, the majority of individual members of the unions were women, but the seats were always won by men, representing one of the three amalgamations to which most of the unions belonged: the Amalgamated Weavers' Association (AWA), the Amalgamated Association of Operative Cotton Spinners (AAOCS), and the Cardroom Amalgamation (CWA).
|1921||John William Ogden||AWA||Henry Boothman||AAOCS|
|1938||Robert C. Handley||AAOCS|
|1963||Reduced to 1 seat|
|1968||Merged into Textiles Group|
Group 10: Printing and PaperEdit
The Printing and Paper Group was originally Group 8, but was renumbered in 1968. Almost all of its members were involved with printing, and in the early years, the seat was contested by four larger unions: the London Society of Compositors (LSC), National Society of Operative Printers and Assistants (NATSOPA), National Union of Printing, Bookbinding and Paper Workers (NUPBPW), and Typographical Association (TA). Over the years, these undertook a series of mergers, forming new unions, including the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades (SOGAT).
|1945||E. W. Spackman||NUPBPW|
Group 11: TextilesEdit
The Textiles Group was originally Group 10: Textiles (other than cotton). Although there were a wide variety of unions - 18 in 1934 - the National Union of Textile Workers (NUTW), and then its successor, the National Union of Dyers, Bleachers and Textile Workers (NUDBTW), almost always won the seat. In 1968, the cotton group was merged in, forming Group 11: Textiles, and while the dyers generally won the seat (latterly as a section of the Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU), the main cotton workers' union, the National Union of Textile and Allied Workers (NUTAW), held it for a few years.
Group 12: ClothingEdit
The Clothing Group was dominated by the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers (NUTGW), which gradually absorbed the smaller unions of tailors. It also included unions for hosiery workers which eventually merged as the National Union of Hosiery and Knitwear Workers, and the two Felt Hatters' and Trimmers' Unions of Great Britain. Originally Group 11, in 1968 it absorbed the Boot, Shoe and Leather Group, and was renumbered as Group 12.
|1953||John E. Newton||NUTGW|
Group 12: Boot, Shoe and LeatherEdit
The Boot, Shoe and Leather Group was dominated by the National Union of Boot and Shoe Operatives (NUBSO). It also included smaller rivals, notably the Rossendale Union of Boot, Shoe and Slipper Operatives, unions of leather workers, and the National Union of Glovers. The Boot, Shoe and Leather Group was the original Group 12, but in 1968 it was merged into the Clothing Group.
|1921||Edward L. Poulton||NUBSO|
|1930||William R. Townley||NUBSO|
Group 13: Glass, Pottery, Chemicals, Food, Drink, Tobacco, Brushmaking and DistributionEdit
Group 13 was highly diverse. The most important unions were those involved in distribution, the National Amalgamated Union of Shop Assistants, Warehousemen and Clerks (NAUSAWC) and the National Union of Distributive and Allied Workers (NUDAW), which later merged to form the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers. In 1952, a second seat was added, and this was invariably filled by representatives of smaller unions, the largest of which were the Bakers', Food and Allied Workers' Union (BFAWU) and the National Society of Pottery Workers (NSPW). There were many smaller unions, and the Tobacco Workers' Union (TWU) secured representation for a few years.
|1921||John Turner||NAUSAWC||Created 1952|
|1947||A. W. Burrows||USDAW|
Group 14: AgricultureEdit
For most of the period, the National Union of Agricultural and Allied Workers (NUAAW) was the only union in Group 14. The Scottish Farm Servants' Union, initially also in this group, merged into the Transport and General Workers' Union early on.
|1921||Robert Barrie Walker||NUAAW|
Group 15: Public EmployeesEdit
Group 15 brought together unions of state and local authority workers. However, the Trade Union Act 1927 banned state employees from joining the TUC, leaving the group dominated by the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE), Mental Hospital and Institutional Workers' Union (MHIWU), National Union of County Officers and Fire Brigades Union (FBU). The ban was lifted after World War II, but a new group was added for civil servants. Despite this, the public employees group steadily grew in size, the affiliation of the National and Local Government Officers' Association and the National Union of Teachers being particularly important, while the Confederation of Health Service Employees (COHSE) absorbed the MHIWU.
|1921||John William Bowen||UPW||Created 1965||Created 1968||Created 1970||Created 1977|
|1968||Alan Fisher||NUPE||Terry Parry||FBU|
Group 16: Civil ServantsEdit
The Civil Servants Group was added in 1946, when unions of civil servants were first permitted to affiliate to the TUC.
|1946||Charles Geddes||UCW||Seat added 1952||Seat added 1977|
|1977||Tony Christopher||IRSF||Ken Thomas||CPSA|
|1982||Alan Tuffin||UCW||Alistair Graham||CPSA|
Group 17: Non-Manual WorkersEdit
The Non-Manual Workers Group consisted of clerks, insurance staff, workers in entertainment, and doctors. Many of its unions grew rapidly during this period, with the Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff (APEX), National Association of Theatrical and Kine Employees (NATKE) and Association of Cinematograph, Television and Allied Technicians (ACTT) becoming important. The National Federation of Insurance Workers - later part of the National Union of Insurance Workers - was also sizable, but never gained a seat on the council, unlike the smaller Musicians' Union.
The Non-Manual Workers Group was originally Group 16 and was renumbered on the creation of the Civil Servants Group, in 1946.
|1921||Joe Williams||MU||Created 1968|
|1925||Herbert Henry Elvin||NUCAW|
Group 18: General WorkersEdit
There were initially a large number of unions of general workers, but within a couple of decades, they had all been absorbed into two large general unions - the National Union of General and Municipal Workers (NUGMW), which became the sole union in this group, and the Transport and General Workers' Union, which was instead placed in Group 3. The General Workers Group was originally Group 17 and was renumbered on the creation of the Civil Servants Group, in 1948.
|1921||John Beard||WU||Joseph Nicholas Bell||NAUL||John Davenport||UOGL||Will Thorne||NUGW|
|1923||J. H. Moore||NLWU|
|1930||Reduced to 3 seats in 1930|
|1934||Charles Dukes||NUGMW||Will Sherwood||NUGMW|
|1937||Herbert Bullock||NUGMW||Harry N. Harrison||NUGMW|
|1973||Alex M. Donnet||NUGMW||Jack Eccles||NUGMW|
Group 19: Women WorkersEdit
In 1921, the Women's Trade Union League became the Women's Section of the TUC, and most women's trade unions merged into their counterparts. In exchange, the TUC agreed to create a two-member group, to ensure that women workers had representation on the council. The group was originally numbered 18, and was renumbered on the creation of the Civil Servants Group.
|1921||Julia Varley||TGWU||Margaret Bondfield||NUGW|
|1963||Marie Patterson||TGWU||Winifred Baddeley||AEU|
The group was expanded to five seats in 1981.
|1981||Ada Maddocks||NALGO||Gina Morgan||AUEW||Marie Patterson||TGWU||Muriel Turner||ASTMS||Pat Turner||GMB|
1983 to presentEdit
After many years of discussion, a comprehensive restructure of the council was agreed in 1982, and took place following the annual TUC meeting in September 1983. Initially, the new council had 53 members, with those unions with more than 100,000 members gaining automatic seats and therefore becoming eligible to nominate members without them being subject to a vote of other unions. Six seats were initially reserved for women.
Section A: Larger unionsEdit
|1983||David Basnett||Jack Eccles||Ken Baker||3 seats until 1989|
|1986||John Edmonds||Derek Oliver Gladwin|
|1989||Donna Covey||Roy Grantham|
|1997||Sheila Bearcroft||Eddie Warrillow|
|2004||3 seats 2004-2009|
|2014||Neil Derrick||Tim Roache|
|National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT)|
|2002||In Section B until 2002|
|2002||Nigel de Gruchy||Sue Rogers|
|National Education Union (NEU)|
|2017||Formed by merger of ATL and NUT|
|2017||Mary Bousted||Kevin Courtney||Philipa Harvey|
|1993||Formed by merger of COHSE, NALGO and NUPE|
|1993||Rodney Bickerstaffe||Rita Donaghy||Jean Geldart||Ina Love||Alan Jinkinson||Hector Mackenzie||Six seats until 2005|
|1995||Alison Shepherd||Chris Connolly|
|1996||Dave Prentis||Wendy Evans|
|2001||Liz Snape||Veronica Dunn||Keith Sonnet|
|2005||Bob Abberley||Jane Carolan|
|2006||Six seats in 2006|
|2007||Gerry Gallagher||Eleanor Smith|
|2010||Angela Lynes||Six seats 2010-2015|
|2018||Josie Bird||Davena Rankin||Six seats from 2018|
|2007||Formed by merger of Amicus and TGWU|
|2007||Gail Cartmail||Tony Dubbins||Len McCluskey||Brenda Sanders||Derek Simpson||Tony Woodley||Pat Stuart||Dougie Rooney||Martin Mayer||Paul Talbot|
|2008||Tony Burke||Tony Woodhouse|
|2009||Reduced to 8 seats|
|2011||Jane Stewart||Steve Turner||Andrew Murray|
|2012||Reduced to 7 seats|
|Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW)|
|1983||Bill Whatley||One seat until 1989|
|1989||Bernadette Hillon||Two seats until 2012|
|2018||Ruth Cross||Paddy Lillis|
|1983||Terence Duffy||Edward Scrivens||Gerry Russell||Jack Whyman|
|1984||3 seats in 1984|
|1986||Bill Jordan||3 seats 1986-1988|
|1990||Jimmy Airlie||Maureen Rooney|
|1992||3 seats in 1992|
|1995||John Allen||Bill Morgan|
|1996||Robert Elsom||Davey Hall|
|1998||Dougie Rooney||Brendan Fenelon|
|2001||Merged with MSF to form Amicus|
|2001||Formed by merger of AEEU and MSF|
|2001||Roger Lyons||Dougie Rooney||Maureen Rooney||Paul Talbot||?|
|2002||Sharon Allen||Danny Carrigan||Ken Jackson|
|2003||Linda McCulloch||Derek Simpson||Five seats in 2003|
|2004||Lucy Kelly||Ed Sweeney||Six seats from 2004|
|2005||Gail Cartmail||Tony Dubbins|
|2007||Merged with TGWU to form Unite|
|Communication Workers' Union (CWU)|
|1995||Formed by merger of NCU and UCW|
|1995||Tony Young||Jeannie Drake|
|2015||Moved to Section B|
|Confederation of Health Service Employees (COHSE)|
|1983||David Williams||1 seat until 1989|
|1993||Merged with NALGO and NUPE to form UNISON|
|Graphical, Paper and Media Union (GPMU)|
|1992||Formed by merger of NGA and SOGAT|
|1992||D. Hill||Tony Dubbins|
|2002||Moved to Section B|
|Manufacturing, Science and Finance (MSF)|
|1988||Formed by merger of ASTMS and TASS|
|1988||Anne Gibson||Ken Gill||Two seats until 1989|
|1989||Roger Lyons||Jack Carr|
|1992||Three seats from 1992|
|2001||Merged with AEEU to form Amicus|
|National and Local Government Officers' Association (NALGO)|
|1983||Bill Gill||John Daly||Norrie Steele||3 seats until 1989|
|1991||Jean Geldart||Jim White|
|1993||Merged with COHSE and NUPE to form UNISON|
|National Union of Public Employees (NUPE)|
|1983||Rodney Bickerstaffe||Lily Stevens||2 seats until 1989|
|1993||Merged with COHSE and NALGO to form UNISON|
|National Union of Teachers (NUT)|
|2001||In Section B until 2001|
|2001||Pat Hawkes||Doug McAvoy|
|2008||Christine Blower||Dave Harvey|
|2016||Kevin Courtney||Philipa Harvey|
|2017||Merged with ATL to form NEU|
|Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS)|
|1998||Formed by merger of CPSA and PSTCU|
|1998||Gwenda Binks||Barry Reamsbottom|
|2002||Janice Godrich||Mark Serwotka|
|2016||Moved to Section B|
|Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU)|
|1983||Douglas Gray||Walter Greendale||Brian Nicholson||Larry Smith||Moss Evans||5 seats 1983 to 1984|
|1985||4 seats 1985 to 1989|
|1988||Peter Hagger||Bill Morris||Daniel Duffy|
|1989||Margaret Prosser||Maureen Twomey|
|1992||Jack Adams||5 seats 1992 to 1995|
|1996||4 seats from 1996|
|2004||Jimmy Kelly||Patricia Stuart|
|2005||Merged with Amicus to form Unite|
|Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT)|
|1983||Les Wood||1 seat until 1989|
|1993||Moved to Section B|
|Union of Communication Workers (UCW)|
|1983||Alan Tuffin||1 seat until 1990|
|1992||1 seat from 1992|
|1995||Merged with NCU to form CWU|
Section B: Unions with 30,000 to 200,000 membersEdit
Section B originated as part of Section A, unions with 100,000 to 200,000 members being automatically entitled to one seat on the council.
|1983||Roy Grantham||Clive Jenkins||Leif Mills||Alistair Graham||Eric Hammond||Fred Smithies||Joe Wade||Mick McGahey||Jimmy Knapp||Fred Jarvis||Bryan Stanley||Bill Keys||Ken Gill|
|1984||Ray Alderson||Tony Dubbins|
|1985||Alistair Graham||Brenda Dean|
|1986||Kate Losinska||Arthur Scargill||John Golding|
|1987||John Macreadie||Expelled in 1987|
|1988||Merged into MSF||John Ellis||Moved to Section B in 1988||E. George||Merged into MSF|
In 1989, these unions were moved to a new Section B, but there were no changes to their entitlement of seats.
|1989||Affiliated 1998||John Ellis||Section A until 2002||Nigel de Gruchy||Anthony Young||Leslie Christie||Jimmy Knapp||Doug McAvoy||Founded 2001||Brenda Dean||Section A until 1993||Founded 2006||Leif Mills|
|1992||Barry Reamsbottom||John Sheldon||Moved to Section C||Merged into GPMU|
|1995||Merged into CWU|
|1996||Merged into PSTCU||Ed Sweeney|
|1998||Peter Smith||Merged into PCS|
|2001||Moved to Section A||Paul Noon|
|2002||Tony Dubbins||Moved to Section A|
|2004||Merged into Amicus|
|2005||Merged into Amicus||Alan Ritchie|
Unions with 30,000 to 99,999 members moved to Section B in 2012.
|2012||Mary Bousted||Lesley Mercer||Michael J. Leahy||Section A until 2015||Larry Flanagan||Christine Payne||Matt Wrack||John F. Smith||Michelle Stanistreet||Steve Gillan||Mike Clancy||Section A until 2016||Affiliated 2015||Bob Crow||Steve Murphy||Sally Hunt|
|2014||Claire Sullivan||Roy Rickhuss||Peter Pinkney|
|2015||Dave Ward||In Section C in 2015||Jon Skewes||Mick Cash||Brian Rye|
|2016||Michelle Stanistreet||Mark Serwotka|
|2017||Merged into NEU in 2017||Horace Trubridge||Merged into Unite in 2017|
Section C: Other unionsEdit
Unions with fewer than 100,000 members were placed in Section B until 1989.
|1983||Ray Buckton||ASLEF||Ken Cameron||FBU||Tony Christopher||IRSF||Bob Garland||AEU-Foundry||Doug Grieve||TWU||John Lyons||EMA||Charles P. McCarthy||NSMM||John Morton||MU||Laurie Sapper||ACTT||Bill Sirs||ISTC||Alec Smith||NUTGW|
|1984||David Lambert||KFAT||Bill McCall||IPCS||Bob Stevenson||NUFLAT||Bert Lyons||TSSA|
|1985||Roy Evans||ISTC||Roy Grantham||APEX||Eric Nevin||MNAOA|
In 1989, the section for small unions was renamed Section C, and was reduced to eight members.
|1989||Bill Brett||IPMS||Clive Brooke||IRSF||Roy Evans||ISTC||David Lambert||KFAT||John Lyons||EMA||John Morton||MU||Alec Smith||NUTGW||Bob Stevenson||NUFLAT|
|1990||Dennis Scard||MU||John Newman||NUMAST|
|1991||Ken Cameron||FBU||David Evans||POA|
|1992||Keith Brookman||ISTC||Reduced to 7 seats in 1992|
|1999||Michael J. Leahy||Community||Brian Orrel||NUMAST|
|2000||Andy Gilchrist||FBU||Ged Nichols||Accord||Richard Rosser||TSSA|
Increased to 11 members in 2001.
|2001||Jonathan Baume||FDA||Brian Caton||POA||Paul Gates||KFAT||Andy Gilchrist||FBU||Michael J. Leahy||Community||Judy McKnight||NAPO||Ged Nichols||Accord||Paul Noon||IMPS||Brian Orrel||NUMAST||Mick Rix||ASLEF||Richard Rosser||TSSA|
|2002||Jeremy Dear||NUJ||Paul Mackney||NATFHE|
|2003||Bob Crow||RMT||Paul Gates||KFAT|
|2004||Gerry Doherty||TSSA||Ged Nichols||Accord|
|2005||Doug Nicholls||CYWU||Tim Poil||NGSU|
|2007||John F. Smith||MU|
|2010||Bob Crow||RMT||Steve Gillan||POA|
|2011||Michelle Stanistreet||NUJ||Simon Weller||ASLEF|
In 2012, unions with 30,000 to 99,999 members were moved to Section B, and Section C was reduced to seven members.
|2012||Manuel Cortes||TSSA||Mark Dickinson||Nautilus||Ged Nichols||Accord||Dave Penman||FDA||Tim Poil||NGSU||Eddie Saville||HCSA||Simon Weller||ASLEF|
Section D: WomenEdit
|1983||Olwyn Davies||NUPE||Ada Maddocks||NALGO||Gina Morgan||AEU||Marie Patterson||TGWU||Muriel Turner||ASTMS||Pat Turner||GMB|
|1987||Bernadette Hillon||USDAW||Ina Love||NUPE|
Reduced to four members in 1989.
|1989||Liz Symons||FDA||Pam Thomas||SOGAT||Diana Warwick||AUT||Margaret Morritt||UCW|
|1992||Pat Hawkes||NUT||Pat Dwyer||UCW|
|1995||Helen McGrath||KFAT||Jocelyn Prudence||CSP|
|1999||Anita Halpin||NUJ||Jenny Thurston||Prospect|
Sections E, F and G: Black workersEdit
|Year||Section E||Section F||Section G|
|1994||Bob Purkiss||TGWU||Gus Boateng||UCW||Gloria Mills||Unison|
Section H: Disabled workersEdit
Section I: LGBT workersEdit
Section J: Young workersEdit
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