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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Membership trends confirm that Organising is mission critical

#TUC13 Labour Research Department (LRD) has published a useful analysis of union membership trends over the past four years and highlights a contraction of 250,000 (3.8%) – mainly in the public sector, manufacturing and finance. Overall union membership since 2009 has fallen faster than the drop in workforce numbers. Whilst 2012’s 66,000 (1%) year on year rise in union membership was welcome news the underlying trends give serious cause for concern and underlines the continuing importance of the organising agenda being at the forefront of union objectives and strategies: