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About NACO


NACO was established as The National Association of Co-operative Officials in 1917. Today NACO is a trade union and an affiliate of the TUC; and a professional management association , representing management and professionals in the co-operative movement.

For over 90 years, NACO has been assisting members, representing as a trade union on an individual basis, providing professional advice and support, and negotiating on pay rates and terms and conditions of employment through collective bargaining with co-operative employers.

NACO has grown and developed to be an influential and well respected professional body representing over 90% of managers in consumer co-operatives.

We assist members with individual cases ranging from generalist legal advice to full representation at times of disciplinary and grievance hearings. All NACO members are represented by our full time officers with many year of trade union experience.

NACO has sole bargaining rights for managers in the Retail Co-operative Movement including salary negotiations and collective bargaining on terms and conditions of employment.

Over the years, the trade union has negotiated significant enhancements to contractual terms and conditions with the co-operative movement recognising the experience and expertise of NACO.



A full copy of the Rules of the National Association of Co-operative Officials are available to download here.

Alternatively a copy can be obtained by contacting the NACO National Office.



  • To regulate relations between members and the Co-operative Societies.
  • To obtain such rates of wages and conditions of employment as are commensurate with the responsibilities of the respective positions of its members.
  • To provide for its members such legal aid as in the circumstances of the case the General Council of the Association may determine.
  • To maintain and improve the status and efficiency of Management, including Secretarial practice and accounting.
  • To seek the representation of the Association on any bodies or committees which are in any way concerned, directly or indirectly, with the professional status or functions or efficiency of members.
  • Generally to protect and promote the professional interests of members.



  • Negotiate the best terms and conditions of employment, maintained by collective bargaining between NACO and the Co-operative Societies.
  • Provide access to a wide range of membership benefits, which are detailed in the Membership Benefits Booklet that can be obtained from the Registered Office in Hyde.
  • A benevolent fund which can provide financial assistance in times and cases of need.
  • Advise on individual contracts of employment.
  • Offer expert legal advice and free legal representation.
  • Provide reliable and accurate information on all aspects of employment.
  • Offer training seminars and career development opportunities.
  • NACO publishes a quarterly magazine for members in the Co-operative group called Grapevine, which details discussions with the employer.
  • NACO publishes a national newsletter called The Co-operative Official, which details developments in the Co-operative Movement, NACO and matters of interest to managers and professionals alike.



  • As a recognised trade union in many co-operative societies, NACO has sole bargaining rights for management pay and terms and conditions of
  • employment.
  • We
  • are recognised as players of a respected role across the Co-operative Movement and in particular the Co-operative Group.
  • Across consumer co-operatives more than 90% of managers (your colleagues and people like you) are members of NACO.
  • NACO is a professional management association as well as an effective trade
  • union.



  • Membership of the trade union is open to persons who occupy a recognised official, managerial, administrative, professional or technical position in the Co-operative Movement.
  • Membership is open to persons in Role Bands one to five inclusive, as described in recent publications by the Co-operative Group. Other societies' gradings differ, and NACO is the recognised trade union for all employees in some societies such as the Phone Co-op.
  • Subscriptions are payable either by direct debit or by deduction from salary.
  • Membership for 2011 is £4.11 per week (part time rate of £2.74 per week).
  • An application form is available on this site, please print it off and return to the Registered Office in Hyde once completed.



Annual General Meeting

The Association’s Principal Executive Committee is the Annual General Meeting of member’s, that takes place in May of each year. The AGM is the body that develops the strategy, policy and governing rules for the Association to act upon in-between each AGM.

Each Constituent Association of NACO is entitled to send two delegates to the AGM. Those Constituent Associations with more than fifty members shall be entitled to appoint one additional delegate for each additional fifty members or part thereof up to a maximum of five delegates. Each delegate shall have a vote in the proceedings of the AGM.

NACO Executive

The Association is governed by the Executive in-between meetings of the AGM, and this body meets four times per annum to debate strategy and progress negotiations with the Societies. The Executive has full control of the business of the Association and has the power to apply the funds of the Association in pursuance of the objects. Every decision and order of the Executive shall be binding on the members and Constituent Associations, subject to appeal at the AGM.

Members of the Executive are elected for a two-year tenure and the committee consists of a maximum of sixteen members. The members are drawn from two classes of membership, ten from the “Co-operative Group (CWS) Class” and six from the “All Others Class”.

Constituent Associations

A Constituent Association is created when at least ten members of NACO organised by geographical location of their employment or their employment function, apply to the Executive for establishment. NACO has Constituent Associations representing members in relation to specific Societies and/or regions (the Co-operative Group Manchester Association, Midlands Association, etc) and relating to specific employment functions (HR Forum, Funeral Service Managers, etc).

From the members of the Constituent Association, nominations are sought to create a committee which, on matters of a purely domestic character, shall have full discretionary powers that shall conform to the rules of NACO. On matters of a national bearing, recommendations shall be subject to the confirmation of the General Council.

Constituent Associations meet as often as determined by local rules, but not normally more than four times per annum.

The Co-operative Group Council

In relation to negotiations with the Co-operative Group, the General Council authorises the Co-operative Group Council to deal directly with negotiations with the employer. This committee meets four times per annum and appoints a negotiating team from its number to prosecute claims with the employer.

The Co-operative Group Council is established from NACO members employed by the Co-operative Group nominated by the geographical Constituent Associations and the member’s therein on the basis of one seat for every two hundred members or part thereof. Members hold seats on the council for two years.

For further detail please contact the NACO National Office.




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