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The Graphical, Paper & Media Union


The Graphical, Paper and Media Union (GPMU) came into being on 30 September 1991 following an amalgamation between the National Graphical Association (82) and the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades (82). The former was the result of an amalgamation on 29 March 1982 between the National Graphical Association (NGA) and the Society of Lithographic, Artists, Designers, Engravers and Process Workers (SLADE). The Society of Graphical and Allied Trades (82) was a merger on 31 July 1982 between the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades (75) and the National Society of Operative Printers, Graphical and Media Personnel (NATSOPA).

The GPMU initially brought together in one union all trade unionists working in the printing, packaging, publishing and papermaking industries. Its members worked as papermakers, ink makers, graphic re-producers, printing plate makers, printers, artists, designers, photographers, telecommunication and electronic media workers, keyboard and desktop publishing operators, bookbinders, print finishers, packers, warehouse staff, dispatch and delivery drivers, clerical, administrative and managerial staff, tele-sales and other sales staff. 20% of GPMU members were women.

On its formation, it was the seventh largest union in the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the largest graphical, paper and paper-conversion trade union in the world.

On 1 November 2004, the GPMU transferred its 103,000 members into AMICUS becoming its Graphical, Paper and Media Sector. In 2007 AMICUS and the Transport and General Workers Union merged to form UNITE The Union in which the former GPMU became its Graphical, Paper and Media Sector.

Over a period of 220 years, 50 trade unions came together to form the GPMU. Trade unions in the printing and paper making industries emerged in the 1780s. However, long before this, compositors, machine men and bookbinders controlled their working lives through the institution of the chapel.



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