The Printers Collection launch party. View the gallery here
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Unite - The Union
In 2007, AMICUS and the Transport and General Workers Union merged to form Unite The Union, the biggest union in the UK with 1.5 million members and covering all sectors of the economy in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The Graphical, Paper and Media Sector, took into membership TGWU members employed papermaking and packaging.
In January 2014, further a re-organisation, driven by the economic changes to the printing industry which reflected in the declining number of members coupled with technological change notably in commercial printing, book printing, direct mail and newspapers saw the Unite Information Technology and Communications Sector merge with the GPM Sector to form the GPMITC sector, bringing into the new sector workers employed in the IT industries and workers in the electronic media and in broadcasting notably technical staff at the BBC and ITV.
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There are a number of ways you can help to support us. You can donate online. You can join the Library as an individual member and get your union branch to affiliate. If you are a retired or working print worker and would like to volunteer to take groups around the Collection, you can apply here to join our panel of volunteers.
The Printers’ Collection was launched in February 2009 by Derek Simpson, joint general secretary of UNITE. To mark the opening a full-colour and richly illustrated 64-page brochure has been published. It is available here priced £5.
We are preparing an online book of memories of print workers. You may want to share with us your experience of being an apprentice, of your working life or activity as a trade unionist. If so, please write here and we will include all or parts of it in the forthcoming section.
Unite the union - graphical, paper and media section has kindly donated a substantial part of its collection of print ephemera, memorabilia and records in the Printers’ Collection. But some of our best and most surprising items have been donated by individuals or local union chapels and branches. If you have a print related item, which, you believe, would be of interest to others and you wish to donate it or simply loan it, to the Collection include a short description of it here.