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TUC Building Stronger Unions Prospectus

TUC support for effective union organising, campaigning and recruitment
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Key findings

This prospectus sets out the range of support the TUC can provide to affiliates. It covers formal training from the TUC Organising Academy, specialist support to assist in the development of strategy and campaigns, digital support and services to reps provided by TUC Education.

The most recent Trade Union membership statistics published in May 2017 revealed the extent of the organising challenge that faces our movement.
Union density, membership and collective bargaining coverage are now at record lows with unions significantly under-represented in the private sector, particularly amongst workers who would benefit most from union membership and representation via collective bargaining.  Added to this is the challenge of an ageing membership and activist base.

There are three key challenges that the movement must address urgently if it is to start to maintain and increase its relevance and effectiveness;

  • Build membership and increase collective bargaining in the private sector
  • Organise young workers
  • Increase membership and find the next generation of activists in companies and sectors where we already have recognition.
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