Membership Rates

GMB is the UK's third largest, trade union and probably the fastest growing with a 15% increase in members in real terms in the last five years.

With an extensive range of GMB member benefits and offers, you can make sure you stay informed and make the best of your working life. Whatever your job or workplace needs, you are in excellent company of 630,000 other GMB members who benefit from GMB membership.

As a general union, GMB membership is open to all workers and students in both the public and private sectors.

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Membership costs

  • Full Time, Grade 1
    £2.90 per week (£12.57 per month).
  • Part Time - Grade 2
    £1.70 per week (£7.37 per month) GMB members working part-time for 20 hours or less and GMB members under 18 years. If you work in a school please check the current GMB rate with your local GMB office.
  • Sick & Unemployed Members
    5p per week.
  • Retired Life Members
    If a GMB member retires on or after 1 July 2015, they can apply for free retired life membership within three months of no longer paying contributions in line with rules 45 or 46. To qualify, they have to be permanently retired from paid work, be members for at least 5 years and apply in writing to become retired life members of the union.
  • Apprentices
    £2 per month.
  • Non-Working Students
    £1 per month, Students who are in employment will continue to pay the rate applicable to their employment and hours of work.