Analysis of Google search data reveals that searches for “join union” exploded 184% in the UK as of 22 June 2022 – the highest level in over a year as there are fears Britain is on course for a “General Strike.”
The end of June sees members of the RMT union go on strike over the course of the week, over job cuts, working conditions, pensions and pay.
Joing strike action Royal Mail workers are to ballot within the next two weeks by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) as union chiefs have slammed the government’s “totally inadequate 2%” pay rise.
The analysis, by recruitment experts Workello reveals that searches for “join union” exploded to almost triple the average volume within the past week, an unprecedented increase in Brits looking to sign up to a trade union, according to Google search data analysis. The data also reveals that searches for ‘how to strike’ have exploded 135% since the strikes began.
A spokesperson from Workello told LondonLovesBusiness.com, “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.”
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng told us, “Once again trade unions are holding the country to ransom by grinding crucial public services and businesses to a halt. The situation we are in is not sustainable.”
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps added, “Despite the best efforts of militant union leaders to bring our country to a standstill, it’s clear this week’s strikes did not have the desired impact due to more people being able to work from home.”