2% increase in Yorkshire & the Humber’s union membership

• 2%  increase in Yorkshire & the Humber’s union membership is the highest in the UK

• Number of union members in region increased by 58,000 in 2020
• Tracy Brabin reacts to West Yorkshire figures showing membership increase of 5.6%, with unions present in three of out five of region’s workplaces

• Membership among women between ages of 25-34 up by 6.5% on 2019 levels

Commenting on recent figures from the Office for National Statistics, which show that trade union membership in Yorkshire has increased more than in any other region or nation of the UK, TUC Yorkshire & Humber Regional Secretary Bill Adams said:  

“Trade union membership in Yorkshire is on the rise - especially among women between the ages of 25-34, who face high levels of insecure work and low pay.

“This pandemic has brutally exposed the terrible working conditions and insecurity many workers face. 

“Thousands have turned to unions during this crisis, to protect their jobs, defend their rights and keep their workplaces safe.  

“Unions can play a key role in helping the country recover from this pandemic by supporting good, green jobs and working with employers to level up pay and conditions across our region.” 

Commenting on figures showing that trade union presence in West Yorkshire workplaces has jumped 10 per cent, to cover 58 per cent of all workplaces, Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin said:

“I’m really encouraged to see these figures today, because it has never been more important to join a union. The past year, and the terrible Coronavirus pandemic has not only exposed the uncertainty that many workers face but has also shown just how much we all rely on their dedication and service. 

“However, a ‘thank you’ is not enough – workers’ rights must be protected, and their safety must be an absolute priority. By working with trade unions and businesses, we can ensure that this happens, and create a thriving economy that works for us all. As part of this commitment to workers in our region, I will establish a new Fair Work and Employment Charter, which will recognise trade unions and guarantee the safety of workers, fair pay, and equality in the workplace.”

Ania Lomax

Asssistant General Secretary

Yorkshire Branch


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