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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Trade Unions

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 2nd March 2018.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of workers employed directly by his Department belonged to a trade union in each of the last five years for which data is available.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has limited information, presented in the table below. However information is not held on those employees who chose to pay their trade union subscriptions themselves directly through direct debit to their trade union. Therefore an accurate overall percentage figure cannot be given, as it would not include these employees.

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

DCMS Staff

400

394

475

527

656

Percentage belonging to a trade union

29%

37%

28%

20%

13%

This data is based on the position at 31st March in each of the years given and the number of staff who paid their trade union subscriptions through the payroll. This includes permanent staff, those on fixed-term contracts, those on paid loan/secondment in/out of DCMS and those on paid maternity leave.

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