A brief timeline
1889 - National Union of Gas Workers and General Labourers of Great Britain and Ireland was formed.
1912 - changed name to the National Union of Gas and General Workers.
1916 - changed name to the National Union of General Workers. Between 1890-1916 there were many mergers with lots of smaller general unions.
1924 - amalgamated with the National Amalgamated Union of Labour and the Municipal Employees Association to become the National Union of General and Municipal Workers.
1974 - changed name to the General and Municipal Workers' Union.
1982 - amalgamated with the Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Blacksmiths, Shipbuilders and Structural Workers to become the GMB.
For more about general unions, and for details of material held in the Library relating to the National Union of Gas Workers and General Labourers, including very early minute books, click here.