23 May 2016
New figures for trade union membership published today (Monday) by the Office for National Statistics, show that the overall number of trade union members has increased by 36,000 to 6.49 million people. And the number of trade union members in private sector employment has increased for the fifth consecutive year.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s great news that more people are part of a trade union. Joining a trade union is the best way to get fair pay and respect at work.
“Employers benefit from their staff being in trade unions too, such as the workplace training unions help organise. And the economy benefits from the boost to productivity that comes from a trained and well organised workforce.”
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