Affliated Unions & Trades Councils
There are unions for all groups of workers; industrial, professional, managerial, clerical or unskilled. Unions in Ireland have been consistently increasing their membership, of whom some 46% are now women. There are 55 unions affiliated to Congress in 2008 with a total membership of 833,486, of whom 602,035 are in the republic and 231,451 in Northern Ireland.There are 33 Trades Councils, representing groups of unions at local/regional level, affiliated to Congress covering both the Republic and Northern Ireland. In addition, the Congress Centres Network operates 25 centres, offering training and advisory services at local level.
A note on telephone numbers:
The telephone contact numbers for unions as listed on the site are generally given as dialled from the Republic of Ireland. Belfast codes, for example, are listed as 04890. If calling from the UK, this should be replaced with 02890.
Affiliates are categorised under the following headings:-