Sunday, 2 June 2013

UK: private sector union membership up by 63,000

In the UK, the number of union members in the private sector has risen by 63,000, resulting in a rise in union density from 14.2 to 14.4 percent, according to a 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

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