STUC General Secretary predicts that trade union membership and activity will continue to grow in 2021

December 31st 2020

STUC General Secretary predicts that trade union membership and activity will continue to grow in 2021

December 31st 2020

• Trade union membership figures for Scotland are up in the last two years. In Scotland they rose from a low of 635,000 in 2017 to 655,000 in 2018 and 675,000 in 2019. Membership density e.g. the proportion of workers who are in a trade union has increased from 28% to 29.3% during this period

• At a UK level, union membership levels among employees have now risen for three consecutive years

• Membership among 16-35 year olds is up two years in a row. While older workers are more likely to be in a trade union, the growth has come primarily from younger workers

STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said:

“Even in the face of this crisis, we have seen membership density and union activity increasing as the value of acting collectively has become clear. I believe that membership growth will continue as we face up to the challenges of 2021.

“Through their unions, workers have acted together during this crisis to keep workplaces safe and protect jobs even in the depths of this crisis. Millions of pounds have been retained for the Scottish economy because workers persuaded their bosses to continue to use the Furlough Scheme that we successfully campaigned for the UK Government to continue. We have also achieved a commitment to no pay freeze for Scottish public sector workers as a starting point for union negotiations next year.

“It has been particularly inspiring to see younger workers, in sectors such as hospitality, collectivising and winning.

“Next year will be incredibly challenging as we seek to eliminate the virus and then embark on a difficult economic recovery. Our priorities for the coming months will be creating safe and secure workplaces, campaigning for a decent pay rise for Key Workers, reforming our broken Care System and winning a plan for jobs.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact Dave Moxham, Deputy General Secretary, on 07891026870.

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