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General union to which anyone can belong.

A union for all workers in every type of job.  

  • Our job is simple: to get the best deal for you. 
  • We fight for better pay, terms and conditions, we protect your rights and we’re there when you need help.
  • Membership costs from £8.40 to £14.57 a month.
Main Trades
Banking, finance and insurance
Charities, voluntary and membership organisations
Distribution, logistics and wholesale
Further education
Higher education
Nurseries and childcare
Electronics, electrical and domestic appliances
Entertainment and the arts
Theatre and cinema
Government and public services
Ambulance service
Civil service
Local government
Police service
Public services - other
Hairdressing and beauty treatment
Health - private sector
Health - public sector
Hotels, restaurants, bars and hospitality
Pubs and bars
Restaurants and food outlets
Information technology
IT - public sector
Legal services
Leisure, sport and outdoor activities
Local authority sport and leisure facilities
Private sport and leisure facilities
Manufacturing & production
Drinks and tobacco
Food manufacturer
Non metal minerals
Machinery and equipment
Rubber and plastics
Textiles, clothing and leather
Wood, furniture and other manufacturing
Mining, quarrying and extraction
Mining and quarrying
Oil and gas extraction
Post and telecommunications
Power, water, sewage and waste
Property & buildings
Property maintenance
Property sales and letting
Retail and shops
DIY stores
Food retail
Vehicle sales
Science and research
Social care
Homecare and care homes
Road transport
Total 504,918
General secretary
Gary Smith
Cost of membership

Full time - Grade 1 = £13.70 per month

Part time - Grade 2 = £7.96  per month, GMB members working part-time for 20 hours or less and GMB members under 18 years. If you work in a school please check the current GMB rate with your local GMB office

Sick and unemployed members = 5p per week.

Retired life members = If a GMB member retires on or after 1 July 2015, they can apply for free retired life membership within three months of no longer paying contributions in line with rules 45 or 46. To qualify, they have to be permanently retired from paid work, be members for at least 5 years and apply in writing to become retired life members of the union.

Apprentices = £2 per month

Non-working Students = £1 per month, Students who are in employment will continue to pay the rate applicable to their employment and hours of work.


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