report published by the government. This is the second year in a row that saw an increase in private sector union membership. In the public sector, union membership was broadly stable. In previous years, public sector membership has seen a decline due to government cuts.
The report doesn’t offer an explanation for the growth in the private sector. Plausibly, a contributing factor may be the 100% Unite campaign launched in 2011, which has resulted in 70,000 new members and almost 9,000 new activists to date.
Data via Ben Moxham / Carl Roper