Tuesday July 7, 2020
For the road ahead

Trade union membership grows for third year running


The number of workers who are members of trade unions has grown for the third year running, increasing by nearly 100,000 people.

Official figures from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy found there are now 91,000 more trade union members than there were at the same time last year.

Women are driving the increase, now accounting for nearly half of all trade unionists at 3.69 million of a total 6.44 million trade union members.

Although these figures do not cover the period of the Coronavirus crisis, TUC General Secretary, Frances O'Grady, said interest in trade unions has only increased through the pandemic.

"We know that in the last few months, thousands of workers have been turning to unions to protect their jobs, defend their rights and keep their workplaces safe," she said.

"The hard work and dedication of millions of workers has brought us through this crisis. And together - in our unions - we can work our way out of recession."



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