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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

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Release date

October 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period

April 1, 1999 to September 1, 2017

Supplementary notes

* The exact figure for Graphical Paper & Media Union in 2003/2004 is an estimate. Due to membership levels falling below 100 thousand in this period, the union membership was not detailed in the report. The figure used is taken from page 72 of the 2004-2005 report and was arrived at by summing the number of members who contributed to the political fund and the number of members who were exempt from contributing. This, however, does not necessarily represent a union’s total membership. This is because, in the case of some trade unions, total membership includes various classes of special category members (eg honorary, retired, unemployed) who are members under the union’s rules but who are neither required to pay the political levy nor to seek formal exemption. This individual figure should, as a result, be treated with caution.
** Amicus also merged with the following unions during this period which are not displayed in this statistic due to their relatively small size:
Union of Textile Workers (November 13, 2002), CGNU Staff Association (January 9, 2003), Anchor Group Staff Association (June 8, 2004)

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