The survey of 90 employers, covering a combined workforce of almost 1.2 million, shows that the three unions – the largest in the UK – command the lion’s share of the labour movement.
Eighty-eight per cent of the respondents recognised one or more trade unions for collective bargaining purposes for at least part of their workforce, while one-third recognised three or more.
The TUC said more than 6.5 million people in the UK have opted for union membership – about one-quarter of the working population. However, this pales in comparison with the combined membership of about 13 million in 1980.
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