Something in the water?
For reasons far too mundane to explain, we’ve recently been pulling together union density figures by region and sub-region.
Merseyside comes top of the density league table – with more than 4 in 10 Scousers being union members. This is nearly 15% higher than the national average,and 6% ahead of other union strong holds like Tyne & Wear & Northern Ireland (35.1% and 35.6% respectively).
While I would have expected Merseyside to have come near the top of the table, the figures are still something of a surprise. Anyone got a plausible explanation for this? Part of it must be to do with Liverpool’s history and the role of the docks & ship building; part of it must also be about relatively large numbers of (unionised) public sector jobs; relatively high unemployment is probably another factor – but there are lots of parts of the country where all these factors would come into play as well, and where union density is not noticeably higher.
So today’s starter question for 10 is: Why does living within (metaphorical ) sight of the Mersey make you more likely to be a union member? Most convincing answer in the comments section wins an Organising Academy polo-shirt, as does the funniest!