Union members earn more than non-members

PUBLISHED: 13:44 02 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:25 10 June 2010

SATURDAY, August 2: Trade union membership in the South West is holding steady at around 650,000, according to the latest government figures.

SATURDAY, August 2: Trade union membership in the South West is holding steady at around 650,000, according to the latest government figures.

Some 1.2 million people work in organisations with unions in the West Country.

Membership among women continues to rise and they are now just as likely to be union members as their male colleagues. Unions have continued to increase membership amongst managerial and professional staff.

The figures show a decade of stable union membership. TUC figures are more optimistic with the largest rise in membership in unions belonging to the TUC in a decade. This increase is almost certainly the result of the huge resources unions have put in to reaching out to young workers - the next generation of union members.

Nigel Costley, South West TUC Regional Secretary, said: "It's good to see union membership holding steady, despite this year's major economic difficulties, and my advice to workers worried about further shocks to the economy would be to join a union as soon as they can.

"If nothing else, these figures show trade union members tend to earn more than non-members, earning an average of £12.74 an hour compared to £11.02 an hour.

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