Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Part of the Union

Labour through and through, or so we thought.

35.9
The percentage of Welsh people in employment who are members of a trade union – higher than both England and Scotland.
65.4
The percentage of public sector workers who are members of a union: public administration, health and education are more likely to have high numbers of unionised workers. The over-50s are twice as likely to be members of a union than the under-25s, and if you work in a company employing 50 people or more, you’re twice as likely to join up.
21.1
The percentage of Welsh private sector workers who are members of a union.
384,000
The number of public sector workers in Wales; the figure represents 29.3% of the nation’s total workforce. Cardiff has the highest percentage in Wales, 35%, with Flintshire, at 22%, having the lowest.

11 comments:

Anonymous 9 January 2008 at 20:14  

Just shows how the Unions have become the creature of the salaried class parasites, they hardly bother to organize amongst the working class anymore.

Anonymous 9 January 2008 at 21:05  

look at employment chnages though, this is a snapshot figure, lets look at the last century in total. I think we'd find Wales had very few public sector jobs compared with say the south east and its only a few crumbs of public sector jobs that we have been thrown with the demise of the traditional industries. The same argument goes with the barnet formula etc - the pictue needs to be much bigger.
Having said all that I am a salaried class, but my union is p poor so I won't be joining.

Jonty 9 January 2008 at 22:04  

Makes you realise that without the public sector workforce, Wales has had it. Outside of the Union, the Royal Mint, DVLA, ONS etc will be conveniently moved to the North of England.

Pierhead Pressure 9 January 2008 at 22:56  

...not forgetting large parts of HMRC, MOD, Patent Office among others.

Anonymous 9 January 2008 at 23:12  

nah ... outside the failed Union our economy will thrive and this ridiculous over-reliance on the public sector will be ended

Anonymous 9 January 2008 at 23:15  

Is that just wishful thinking or backed up by a plan?

dotcommentator 10 January 2008 at 10:33  

Stories like this have a kind of 'Revealed: Pope a Catholic!' feel to them. It's good to have some figures, though.

ardibeltza 10 January 2008 at 17:55  

The Mint produces currency for countries across the world - no reason for it to move after independence. Could be a nice little, er, money spinner.
As for losing the DVLA et al - our share of the bureaucracy currently dealing with Wales but based in England will more than make up for that. Fair swap I'd say.

Anonymous 10 January 2008 at 18:34  

Would be good if we could keep it all but somehow I think there would be an objection post independence.

Anonymous 30 January 2008 at 06:06  

Just wondering where you get these data from? Thanks

Anonymous 30 January 2008 at 08:37  

There's a link to the original item in the newspaper.

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