Internet searches on signing up to trade unions triple as strikes hit rail network

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Internet searches for how to join trade unions soared to almost triple the average rate in the last week, as rail workers walked out and industrial action loomed in other sectors.

Analysis of Google search data reveals that searches for “join union” rose by 184 per cent in the UK as of June 22. It was the highest level seen in more than a year, according to recruitment experts Workello.

Analysts say that it is an unprecedented increase in Britons looking to sign up to a trade union. The data also reveals that searches for “how to strike” have more than doubled – up 135 per cent – since the rail workers’ strikes began.

A spokesperson for Workello commented on the findings: “This week the British public have been faced with trains up and down the country coming to a standstill as a result of these strikes by RMT, leading to difficulties getting to work, attending events and appointments.

“However, the strikes have also encouraged a surge of online interest in joining a trade union, indicating the massive impact that strikers are having across the country. With more strikes across other sectors rumoured to take place in the future, it will be interesting to see whether these searches continue to rise, especially if strikers achieve their desired outcome.”

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