An interest in trade unions from hospitality workers has declined by 58% since 1995, research by workforce management solutions provider Mitrefinch shows.
According to the company, in 2018 the percentage of employees who were members of a trade union in the UK hospitality industry was 3.3% compared to 7.9% in 1995.
Mitrefinch has said the findings are “worrying” or the future of workers with the company predicting that by 2050 the figure could drop to 1.3%.
The data also shows around 3% of the hospitality sector is unionised, in comparison to 17% of the manufacturing sector and 35% for the transport sector.
James Powell, employment law solicitor at Richard Nelson LLP said: “Workplaces with trade unions were found to have lower injury rates than those who manage their safety without a union in place. Unions can also play a significant role in reducing long working hours, bullying incidents, or poor quality working environments.
“This data suggests that the presence of trade unions in the UK hospitality industry is declining rapidly. This, in turn, gives unions less power and influence to make changes for their existing members.
He adds: “When unions have less representation, they are able to secure fewer negotiations since they do not have the same level of bargaining power. If this declining trend continues within the UK, we can expect to see unions holding less power to negotiate on behalf of hospitality employees in the coming years.”