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SOGAT

 

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The Society became an industrial union in 1783 when three London based craft societies came together and decided to take action to achieve a reduction of the working week from 78 hours. Five of the leaders were sent to prison for two years but victory was ultimately achieved. In 1983 SOGAT was a combination of 39 unions.  The addition of some of these unions is detailed below.
 

The brief timeline below shows the key dates in which print unions joined together to form the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades (SOGAT).

 
1889
The Printers Warehousemen, Cutters’ and Assistants Union was founded (PWCAU)
 
1900
The PWCAU joined with the Amalgamated Society of Printers Warehousemen (ASPW)
 
1914
A further amalgamation with the National Union of Papermill workers (NUPW)
 
1921
The NUPW merged with the National Union of Printing, Bookbinding and Paperworkers (NUPBP)
 
1924
NUBP absorbed many kindred societies including the Platten machine minders society
 
1925
The Amalgamated Association of Pressmen and the London Machine rulers
 
1931
Circulation and Publishing Association
 
1937
Amalgamated Society of Papermakers
 
1943
Society of women employed in the printing trade
 
1948
Original society of papermakers
 
1961
Card edge gilders
 
1962
The Monotype Casters and Typefounders Society
 
1963
Pattern Card Makers Society
 
1966
NUPBP joined with the National Society of Operative Printers and Assistants (NSOPA) under the umbrella of the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades (SOGAT). Both unions maintained their original structure with a view to merging over time
 
1972
Union splits, NSOPA becoming the National Society of Operative Printers, Graphical and Media Personnel. The NUPBP retain the name SOGAT
 
1975
SOGAT amalgamates with the Scottish Graphical Association
 
1982
SOGAT and NSOPA join together as SOGAT