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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