The number of trade union representatives has remained broadly stable over the recent recession, according to a recent report.

The report, commissioned by Acas and conducted by Professor Andy Charlwood and David Angrave in Loughborough University's School of Business and Economics, looked at representation in both union and non-union British workplaces.

It found that:

"The latest figures demonstrate a long term shift in the types of workers unions represent, from manufacturing and the private sector to the public sector,” commented Professor Charlwood.

"The increase in the number trade union representatives in the public sector is likely to be in a direct response to the recession, as workers experience increasing grievances relating to pay, redundancies, pension cuts and restructuring,” he added.

"Where organisations have systems of worker representation in place, we have seen more frequent meetings between representatives and managers and an increase in the range of issues representatives receive information on, as well as greater resources to carry out their representative role," he concluded.

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