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Political Levy

Question for Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

UIN 1755, tabled on 9 June 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 4 March 2009, Official Report, column 1698W, how many and what proportion of members of each trade union in Great Britain with a political fund have opted out of the political levy, according to the most recent records held by the Certification Officer.

Answered on

17 June 2015

The figures requested are in the following table:

Union name

Total number of union members contributing to General Fund

Number of members contributing to the political Fund

Numbers of members who have completed an exemption notice and therefore do not contribute to the political fund

Numbers of members who have completed an exemption notice as a percentage of total number of union members contributing to the General Fund

Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen

19,226

16,530

579

3.0

Association of Revenue and Customs

2,456

2,113

343

14.0

Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union

21,438

20,441

0

0.0

Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union

23,779

23,135

148

0.6

Communication Workers Union

201,875

167,585

23,910

11.8

Community

31,523

25,131

5,987

19.0

Educational Institute of Scotland

55,165

46,354

4,216

7.6

Energy and General Workers Union

0

0

0

0.0

Fire Brigades Union

41,270

33,343

6,867

16.6

GMB

613,384

588,660

24,724

4.0

Musicians Union

30,446

27,206

3,002

9.9

National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers

466

350

0

0.0

National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Woman Teachers

336,736

257,375

1

0.0

National Union of Mineworkers

2,810

2,043

160

5.7

National Union of Rail Maritime and Transport Workers

77,549

70,119

281

0.4

National Union of Teachers

388,052

324,635

2,295

0.6

POA

32,763

32,295

4

0.0

Prospect

118,617

91,019

4,370

3.7

Public and Commercial Services Union

262,819

244,699

652

0.2

Transport Salaried Staffs Association

22,762

20,177

1,198

5.3

Union of Construction Allied Trades and Technicians

84,377

63,977

12,821

15.2

Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers

425,652

406,099

19,553

4.6

UNISON: The Public Service Union

1,301,500

1,213,166 (b)

9,593

0.7

Unite the Union

1,424,303

1,015,429

53,776

3.8

Unity

4,184

3,889

228

5.4

University and College Union

115,818

95,441

17,422

15.0

Total for the 26 unions with political funds which reported in this period

5,638,970

4,791,211

192,130

3.4

Total for the 28 unions with political funds which reported in the previous period

5,746,153

4,414,929

307,689

5.4

Notes:

(a) The information in the table is derived from annual returns received during 2013-14, the majority which relate to the year ending December 2012.

(b) The increase in the number of UNISON members contributing to the political fund over the number recorded in preceding years is attributable to the amended way of reporting members of the UNISON general political fund.

Answered by

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills