Official government statistics released today reveal that the highest levels of union membership are in the public ...
Official government statistics released today reveal that the highest levels of union membership are in the public sector.
The Financial Times (p12) reports 61% of public sector workers are unionised, which contrasts with only 19% of workers employed in the private sector who are union members.
The figures show that following the public sector, the highest levels of unionisation are in the privatised utilities of electricity, gas and water supply (58%), education (53%) and health (46%).
The geographical spread of trade unionism suggests it has a much lower density in more affluent and growing areas of Britain. Only a quarter of workers in London are unionised, compared to 40% in Wales, Northern Ireland and the north-east of Enlgand.