Membership on the up

IMPACT MEMBERSHIP grew by 2.2% in 2013, the first year-on-year increase since 2009. Over 2,740 new members joined last year, with a net increase of 1,300 bringing the union’s total membership to over 59,000.

Membership peaked at 68,400 in 2009 after 18 years of steady growth. It then fell, mainly on foot of staff reductions in the public, private and voluntary sectors. The union had just 23,000 members when it was formed by a merger in 1991.

IMPACT deputy general secretary Kevin Callinan said staffing cuts continued to have an effect on membership potential, but sustained recruitment efforts had helped increase the numbers of people in the union.

“The union has developed a strategic focus on recruitment and organising, including building branch capacity and identifying and developing leaders. We have also taken steps to manage expenditure while maintaining and expanding services to members despite falling income,” he said.

Some 73% of IMPACT members are women and this percentage is increasing because most new members – 83% in 2013 – are women. You can read more about IMPACT membership, services, recruitment and organisation and other activities in the union’s recently-published 2012-2014 biennial report.