The BIS has published its latest bulletincontaining annual estimates of trade union membership in 2014. The number of employees who were trade union members was around 6.4 million, 40,000 fewer than in 2013 (a 0.6% fall). The number of employees has grown, meaning that the proportion of employees who are trade union members has fallen to 25% in 2014 (25.6% in 2013). Current membership levels are well below the peak of over 13 million in 1979. In 2014, 3.76 million public sector employees belonged to a union, 79,000 fewer than in 2013 and in the private sector, there were 2.7 million members, an increase of 38,000 since 2013.
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