Let’s get real on union membership

The Owl has been going through union statistics. It would seem that the Unions are about as popular as Winston Peters and have as many bewildered supporters.

There is a lot of song and dance on how the Union’s represent the employee’s of NZ.

Here are the statistics based on the Department of Labour Household survey (March 2012) and Union membership by industry.

2011

Household Survey

%age of

Government  or related services

Total

Employed

Workforce

Education

90,559

2,230,000

4.06%

Government Administration and Defence

42,527

2,230,000

1.91%

Health & Community Services

104,692

2,230,000

4.69%

Total

237,778

2,230,000

10.66%

 

 

 

2011

Household Survey

%age of

Industry – Private

Total

Employed

Workforce

Restaurants & Accommodation

6,380

2,230,000

0.29%

Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing

3,483

2,230,000

0.16%

Communication Services

7,065

2,230,000

0.32%

Construction & Trade Services

6,860

2,230,000

0.31%

Cultural & Recreational Services

6,834

2,230,000

0.31%

Electricity, Gas & Water Services

4,581

2,230,000

0.21%

Finance, Insurance & Business Services

10,964

2,230,000

0.49%

Manufacturing

55,459

2,230,000

2.49%

Mining

2,187

2,230,000

0.10%

Transport & Storage

30,015

2,230,000

1.35%

Wholesale & Retail

13,038

2,230,000

0.58%

Totals

146,866

2,230,000

6.59%

 

Total Membership

384,644

2,230,000

17.25%

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  • Salacious T Crumb

    So like their political wing, they are becoming increasingly irrelevant to the average worker. No surprise then that it is a party with heavy socialist leanings which disguises itself in the cloak of environmentalism that assumes major opposition status.

  • Alloytoo

    Union members in government employ (Do these figures include labour MPs?) constitute 10.66% of the total workforce, and 61% of the total number of union members.
    How many people does the government employee?
    Seems to me that there is huge potential for undermining the policies of any government
    of the day that wasn’t Labour, thereby undermining our democracy.

  • david W

    What would be more interesting is what % of each sector was union members. Ie how many people in total are employed by the education sector, and of these what % does the ~90k who belong to the union make up.

    In total there would still only only 20% people belong to a union (1 in 5). However I suspect that the % of union membership would be much higher in education than say Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing.

    • Owl

      There are 100,000 registered teachers according to the Teachers Registration website – 90% are teachers are in the union

      • Patrickm

        Is membership optional – or is it like the student unions?

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