129308 - Northern Ireland Office: Trade Unions (Answered)

Chris Ruane
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of workers employed directly by her Department belonged to a trade union in each of the last five years for which data is available.

Mr Shailesh Vara

In 2013/14, 31 members of my department belonged to a trade union.

In 2014/15, 29 members of my department belonged to a trade union.

At September 2015, 29 members of my department belonged to a trade union.

No data is available for subsequent years as from September 2015 trade union deductions were made directly from employees’ bank accounts and not collected through my department’s payroll.