How unionised is the North East? Figures reveal widely varying levels of trade unionism across the UK

Figures reveal a clear North/South divide in proportions of workers across the UK belonging to trade unions

The North East has one of the UK's highest rates of unionisation

The North East is one of the most unionised areas of the UK, according to new figures released by the Government.

The statistics, which cover 2013, reveal that Merseyside had the highest proportion of workers in trade unions, followed by Wales, with the wider North East - excluding Tyne and Wear - having the fifth highest rate, at 31.7%.

In Tyne and Wear, 29.7% of the working population was unionised.

The figures revealed a clear North/South divide, with every southern area of the country showing a rate of unionisation below the UK average - while all northern areas, along with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, were above it.

You can explore the data in this chart.

 

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