From the TUC

The Union Advent: 7 Dec

07 Dec 2009, By

Employee involvement – Through their union membership, workers are more able to participate in the decision making of a company and feel they have a little more control over their working lives.

This is in addition to union members having a voice and able to have their grievances answered by management. Employees that are listened to have more commitment to the company and are more productive. The DTI estimates this greater productivity to be worth between £3.4 and £10.2 billion to the economy.

They estimated the potential range of benefits in this instance from £136m to £371m. DTI also estimated that 125,000-375,000 fewer working days were lost due to work related ill-health because of the work of union safety reps with a potential range of benefits of £45m to £207m.