National Association of Co-operative Officials

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The National Association of Co-operative Officials (NACO) is the UK's only trade union specifically for employees of co-operatives. It was established in 1917 to represent managers and professionals within the co-operative sector, while manual and administrative workers were represented by other general unions such as USDAW (the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers). It is the only recognised trade union representing managers and professionals in the co-operative movement, and has sole bargaining rights for pay, terms and conditions at the Co-operative Group and the vast majority of independent societies. It represents 90% of co-operative managers and has 17 constituency associations.

NACO and the Co-operative Employers’ Association (CEA) have a National Officials & Departmental Managers Agreement (NODMA). It covers issues including pay, holiday entitlement and rollover, job evaluation and family friendliness.

Historically NACO also acted as a management association and retains the role of on management development. It works with the Co-operative College (with which it also has a national agreement) on the training of co-operative managers.

More recently it has begun to represent the entire workforce of some co-operatives organisations, including Co-operative College, the Robert Owen Group (teacher training) and the Phone Co-operative.

Source: Matt Arrowsmith, Membership Development Officer, NACO

From final report of MESMER project: