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Unite the Union: History of membership numbers and mergers

Number of members belonging to Unite the Union from 1999/2000 to 2016/17

by Daniel Clark, last edited Oct 24, 2018
Unite the Union: History of membership numbers and mergers Unite the Union is the largest union in the United Kingdom. Its size, however, isn't due to organic growth but instead a series of mergers from 2002 to 2007. Before 2002, Union for the Finance Industry (UNIFI), Graphical Paper & Media Union (GPMU), Manufacturing Science & Finance Union (MSF), Amalgamated Engineering & Electrical Union (AEEU) and Transport & General Workers Union (T&G) were all acting as seperate entities. On January 1, 2002, MSF and AEEU merged to form Amicus. In turn becoming one of the largest unions in the United Kingdom, second only to UNISON in terms of membership. In 2004, after merging with a number of smaller unions (see notes below), Amicus was joined by UNIFI and GPMU on October 21 and November 1 respectively.
On May 1, 2007, Amicus merged with T&G to form Unite. This statistic charts the membership levels of these unions as they gradually came together to become the Unite that exists today.

You can find additional information on the history of Unite on their website
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Number of members belonging to Unite the Union from 1999/2000 to 2016/17

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