Trade Union Membership Falls Again

New figures from the Office for National Statistics show that trade union membership amongst people who were in employment fell again last year.  The number of trade union members in the UK was down by 200,000 compared with 2009, to just over 6.85 million. The largest part of this overall fall (78 per cent ) was amongst male workers.

Union density, the proportion of people in employment (including self employment) who were trade union members, fell by 0.8% in 2010 to a new low of 23.9%.  And trade union density remains highest in the public sector (56.3 per cent) compared with only 14.2 per cent in the private sector. 

More women than men were trade union members in 2010 (3.56 million versus 2.98 million) and trade union density is highest amongst people aged 50 plus (33.4 per cent).


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