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    So, it seems no-one has noticed, but the govt published the latest statistics on trade union membership today. Here's the key points... 1/

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    First, the stats show a massive fall in membership levels in 2016. The biggest we've seen since records began in 1995. 2/

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    Overall, membership has fallen by a **quarter of a million in one year**. With membership among employees down by 275,000. 3/

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    And this is at the same time as reasonably strong growth in employment (unlike the falls in the wake of the financial crisis) 4/

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    Which means that trade union density (the propn of people in membership) has also fallen sharply 5/

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    It's down to 23.5% among employees and 21.0% among everyone in employment. Which means a fall of more than a fifth since 2000. 6/

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    This fall was driven by lower membership rates in the public sector - where the number of trade union members fell by 200k in 2016. 7/

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    It looks like something strange has happened in education, this sector alone accounts for more than half of the overall decline in2016. 8/

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    Ultimately membership is still skewed towards well-paid, (older), public sector workers. 9/

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    Without a reversal of these trends a powerful union movement runs the risk of becoming a thing of history - a 20th century aberration. 10/

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    and have published - w/ @GavinJKelly1 - a report on what unions (and others) can to to support workers in the UK 12/ resolutiontrust.org/putting-tech-t…

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    There is change worth celebrating, and union leaders with big plans, but it can't come quick enough. 13/

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    If you've got ideas for how tech can be used to help stem the decline in support for the UK's low-paid workforce then... 14/

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    Get in touch with us. Applications for the WorkerTech programme (with @bg_ventures) are open now. 15/15 resolutiontrust.org/technology-is-…

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