Where did all the Meatworkers Union members go?

Yesterday I posted the accounts of the Meatworkers Union.

Owl has made some observations:

Information is taken from MED Societies and Trust website and NZ Meat Workers and Related Trades Union Incorporated.

Their website states that the Union has 23,000 members.

“The New Zealand Meat Workers and Related Trades Union (Inc.) covers up to 23,000 permanent and seasonal workers employed over 75 sites in the New Zealand meat industry. This includes workers in freezing works, tanneries, fertiliser plants, halal operations, small meat processing plants and small goods processors.”

The 2010 Annual Accounts says that capitation fees paid by the branches pay $51.00 (excluding GST) to the HQ.

Here is the calculation as follows


2010 Branches


Capitation Charge



$  169,014.00

 $       51.00              3,314

$  180,642.00

 $       51.00              3,542

$    67,248.00

 $       51.00              1,319

$  271,422.00

 $       51.00              5,322
Total Members

$  688,326.00

Members as per website            23,000
Variation to Membership              9,503


But to help the Union reconcile their membership they pay the NZCTU a capitation fee of $4.90 (refer Note 1 2010 Annual Accounts Note 1 B (g)).

Capitation paid to NZCTU  $  71,156.00
Capitation charge per Member  $            4.90
Memberships paid                14,522

The Owl’s observation is this:

How many union members are there?   A)23,000,     B) 13,497,     C)14,522.

Before someone says the Owl has taken into account part-time or seasonal workers – there is no reference in the accounts to those sorts of adjustments.

The Owl makes/draws no further conclusions other that the observation is a mathematical calculation based on information provided in the public domain.

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