When is next the next general election for trade union membership?
It is an increasingly crucial issue as the country’s trade unions struggle to retain their membership amid a sharp decline in membership.
While the general election will take place in 2020, the union movement has already seen a drop in membership from 1.4 million to just over 800,000.
Many unionists, particularly younger ones, are unhappy with the slow pace of change, which has included a slowdown in the economy and a surge in the number of people seeking employment.
The government is hoping to regain membership and have it by the time of the 2020 election.
A majority of the country is expected to support a Conservative government in 2020 but there is little consensus on whether or not it will do so.
In the last general election, held in the summer of 2019, the Tories won by a landslide with more than 100,000 votes, but it was not enough to win a majority.
The Conservatives’ performance in the general elections has not been the same since then, with the Conservatives falling short of the 1.5 million votes that they had polled.
Ahead of the general assembly, the government is expected meet the trade union movement, which represents workers in the public sector, the civil service, the defence and security forces, private firms and charities.
The Conservatives have said they are not going to support the idea of a general election because it is not in the national interest.
The UK Trade Union and Labour Confederation (UKTUC), which represents more than 1.6 million trade unionists and is an official trade union lobby group, is urging the government to accept the idea and have a general poll held to ensure it is in the interests of the public.
But the government has also said it is open to having a general ballot and has set a deadline of May 2017 for a vote to take place.
The UKTUC is calling for an election to be held in 2018 to be the last one before the government makes a decision on the EU withdrawal process.
“We would like to see a general vote to be conducted before the end of 2019 and that it is a genuine and fair poll and we would hope that the British people would give their consent to that,” said Tanya Cooper, the UKTU general secretary.
“The Conservative government has been slow to respond to the pressure on the government in recent years, with a vote on the withdrawal process coming at a time when they are on the verge of leaving the EU.”
The government has said that it wants to hold a referendum on the UK’s future relationship with the EU by the end the next decade, but the government also faces pressure from the trade unions to hold one at that time.
The Tories have pledged to hold an election by the year end.
“As long as the Conservative Party is in power, the Conservative government is likely to continue to allow a process of exit to take its place, and the UK will not be able to avoid an exit from the European Union,” the Conservative party said in a statement last year.
“A poll on the exit question should be conducted in the autumn and it should be held at the earliest possible date, at the latest.”
This would ensure the people of the UK have the opportunity to have their say and a vote should be taken in the next parliamentary election in 2021.
“The UKTUs statement added that the party was also calling for a general strike by the UK public in a bid to keep the government honest and give the public the opportunity of having their say on the matter.
Theresa May has made it clear that she will seek to retain her Conservative majority if re-elected.