List of trade unions in the United Kingdom

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This is a list of trade unions in the United Kingdom formed under UK labour law. The criteria for being an independent trade union, free from employer influence and domination, are set out in the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 section 5. The body which oversees unions, and awards a certificate of independence for the purpose of collective bargaining is the Trades Union Certification Officer.

Independent unions[edit]

The following is a list of trade unions that are Certificated as independent by the Certification Officer, as at 31 March 2014.[1]

Name est. Members Description Rules Website
Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen 1880 18,500 ASLEF www.aslef.org.uk
Association of Teachers and Lecturers 1978 198,102 ATL 2010 www.atl.org.uk
Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union 1847 20,496 BFAWU www.bfawu.org
British Air Line Pilots Association 1935 10,000 BALPA balpa.org
British Medical Association 1832 152,200 BMA bma.org.uk
Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union 1991 26,500 BECTU 2011 bectu.org.uk
Communication Workers Union 1995 201,900 The CWU was formed from a merger of the UCW and the NCU. 2012 cwu.org
Community (trade union) 2004 23,000 community-tu.org
Community and Youth Workers' Union 1938 4,500 CYWU cywu.org.uk
Educational Institute of Scotland 1847 59,000 EIS www.eis.org.uk
Equity 1930 38,197 Actors equity.org.uk
Fire Brigades Union 1918 44,000 FBU 2011 fbu.org.uk
First Division Association 1918 19,000 Senior civil servants www.fda.org.uk
GMB 1982 613,400 Formed from General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trade Union, as a general workers' union. It includes the International Union of Sex Workers as a branch. 2011 www.gmb.org.uk
Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association 1944 3,255 HCSA hcsa.com
Industrial Workers of the World 1905 750 IWW; Britain and Ireland region membership current iww.org.uk
Musicians' Union (UK) 1893 30,000 MU 2009 musiciansunion.org.uk
National Association of Probation Officers 1912 9,000 NAPO napo.org.uk
National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers 1976 333,223 NASUWT 2009 nasuwt.org.uk
National Union of Journalists 1907 35,000 NUJ nuj.org.uk
National Union of Mineworkers 1945 1,283 NUM has very few members, given the dismantling of the industry after the UK miners' strike (1984–1985). num.org.uk
National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers 1990 80,000 RMT was formerly the National Union of Railwaymen and National Union of Seamen, and absorbed the Offshore Industry Liaison Committee. 2010 www.rmt.org.uk
National Union of Teachers 1870 388,000 NUT was established at a meeting at King's College, London in 1870. 2012 teachers.org.uk
Nautilus International 1857 22,000 A cross-border union for maritime professionals. Main offices are in London, Wallasey, Rotterdam and Basel. Previously known as NUMAST in the UK and FWZ in the Netherlands. nautilusint.org
Prison Officers Association 1939 37,500 POA poauk.org.uk
Professional Footballers' Association 1907 4,000 PFA thepfa.com
Prospect 2001 118,600 Engineering, scientific, management and professional staff. 2013 prospect.org.uk
Public and Commercial Services Union 1998 262,800 PCS 2012 pcs.org.uk
Royal College of Nursing 1916 415,800 RCN is legally a professional society rather than a trade union. www.rcn.org.uk
Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists 1945 8,154 SCP scpod.org
Society of Radiographers 1920 18,635 SoR sor.org
Trades Union Congress 1868 6,200,000 TUC; largest trade union federation of the United Kingdom 2009 www.tuc.org.uk
Transport Salaried Staffs' Association 1897 32,000 TSSA 2011 tssa.org.uk
Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru 1948 3,879 UCAC; National Union of Teachers of Wales athrawon.com
Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians 1971 127,433 UCATT n/a ucatt.org.uk
Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers 1946 425,700 USDAW 2011 usdaw.org.uk
UNISON 1993 1,301,500 Formed from merging NALGO, NUPE and COHSE as a union for public services workers. 2012 unison.org.uk
Unite the Union 2007 1,424,300 Formed in 2007 by a merger between Amicus and TGWU. Amicus was formerly AEEU and Manufacturing Science and Finance and Graphical, Paper and Media Union and UNIFI (trade union). 2011 www.unitetheunion.org
Unity 1827 3,906 Formerly the Ceramic and Allied Trades Union (CATU). unitytheunion.org.uk
University and College Union 2006 115,800 UCU; amalgam of the AUT and NATFHE. 2012 ucu.org.uk
Voice 1970 20,124 Formerly the Professional Association of Teachers, it refuses to take strike action. voicetheunion.org.uk
Writers' Guild of Great Britain 1959 2,005 WGGB writersguild.org.uk

Other independent unions[edit]

Scotland only

Northern Ireland only[2]

Non-independent unions[edit]

The following is a list of trade unions that have not been Certificated as Independent by the Certification Officer 31 March 2014.[1]

Scotland only

Northern Ireland[2]

Union confederations[edit]

Historical unions[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

Key - Asterisk after name = Trade unions known to the Certification Officer but not applying to be included in the list for 31 March 2014

References[edit]

External links[edit]