Australian Bureau of Statistics
6325.0 - Trade Union Members, Australia, August 1996
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Union membership down
Union membership as a percentage of all employees has been decreasing since August 1986 according to survey results released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The survey Trade Union Members, Australia, conducted in August last year, shows that 31 per cent of Australia's 7,062,100 employees aged 15 years and over were trade union members.
Over the past 10 years the proportion of employees in unions fell by a third - from 46 per cent in 1986 to 31 per cent in 1996.
The decline partly reflects the changing full-time/part-time working patterns of Australia's employed labour force. In August 1996, 35 per cent of full-time employees were trade union members compared with 22 per cent membership for part-time employees.
Other results from the survey showed that:
Details are in Trade Union Members, Australia, August 1996 (cat. no. 6325.0) available from ABS bookshops.
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