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UNISON is the second largest trade union in the United Kingdom[1]‬ with over 1.3 million members.

The union was formed in 1993 by a merger of three public sector trade unions, NALGO, NUPE and COHSE.[2]

LGBT history

NALGO Gay Group (NALGAY) held a National Conference at the University of London Union in Malet Street on 25 October 1975 [3]

UNISON was been a member of the LGBT Consortium and the Cutting Edge Consortium. Its National LGBT Committee is a member of ILGA.

Unison Scotland is also a former Consortium member.[4]

In June 2013 the union elected its first gay president, Maureen le Marinel.[5]


  1. http://www.worker-participation.eu/National-Industrial-Relations/Countries/United-Kingdom/Trade-Unions worker-participation.eu 2013
  2. http://www.unionancestors.co.uk/Images/UnisonFamTree.pdf Family tree diagram from unionancestors.co.uk
  3. Mentioned in Gay Concern Winter 1975 newsletter
  4. http://web.archive.org/web/20120826100830/http://www.lgbtconsortium.org.uk/directory/unison_scotland
  5. http://union-news.co.uk/2013/06/unison-elects-first-gay-president/ Tim Lezard, "UNISON elects first gay president", Union News 24 June 2013