Some unions are better than others, but
1 You earn more in a unionised workplace
Average earnings are around 8% higher in unionised workplaces.
2 You get more annual leave in a unionised workplace
The average trade union member in the uk gets 29 days annual leave a year, compared with 23 days for
3 You get better training
Workers in unionised workplaces are more likely to receive job-related training.
4 You get more maternity leave or parental leave
Unionised workplaces are 12% more likely to have parental policies in place, which are more generous than
the statutory minimum.
5 You're more likely to get equal pay for work of equal value
Workplaces with union recognition are 20% more likely to have an equal opportunities policy in place.
Despite equal pay legislation, women currently earn only 83p for every £1 earned by a man.
6 You're less likely to be sacked
Trade union members are only half as likely to be sacked as non-members.
7 You're less likely to be discriminated against in terms of age, disability, race or sex
Black and asian trade unionists earn 32% more than their non-unionised colleagues. Trade unions have
campaigned for tougher anti-discrimination laws, which are coming into effect in 2003, making it illegal to
discriminate on the grounds of religion or belief, marital or family status, sexual orientation or gender
8 You're less likely to be injured at work
All employers have a legal duty to provide a safe workplace and safe equipment and working methods, but
unionised workplaces have health and safety officers to make sure the employer sticks to their legal
9 If you get injured at work, you'll get better compensation
Unions won over £321 million in legal compensation for people who were injured or became ill at work in