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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002  
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Contents >> Construction >> Trade union membership in the construction industry

Table 20.25 shows the general trend of declining membership of trade unions across all industries combined. Over the years shown the proportion of trade union membership in the construction industry has been generally similar to that for all industries. In the two years to August 2000 there was a rise in the number of trade union members in the construction industry, from 100,600 to 116,200. As a consequence the proportion of trade union members in construction (26.4%) in 2000 was marginally higher than in all industries (24.7%)

In the construction industry, a higher proportion of full-time employees (29%) than part-time employees (11%) were trade union members (table 20.26). Across all industries a much higher proportion of female employees were trade union members (23%) than in the construction industry (4%).


20.25 EMPLOYEES WHO WERE TRADE UNION MEMBERS, Construction Industry - 1992 to 2000(a)

Construction
All industries

NUMBER OF MEMBERS (’000)

1992
124.5
2,508.8
1993
110.1
2,376.9
1994
113.4
2,283.4
1995
105.1
2,251.8
1996
109.6
2,194.3
1997
115.0
2,110.4
1998
100.6
2,037.5
1999
110.6
1,878.2
2000
116.2
1,901.8

PROPORTION OF EMPLOYEES IN TRADE UNIONS (%)

1992
42.1
39.6
1993
35.3
37.6
1994
34.1
35.0
1995
30.6
32.7
1996
29.7
31.1
1997
33.5
30.3
1998
25.2
28.1
1999
25.7
25.7
2000
26.4
24.7

(a) At August.

Source: Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Members, Australia (6310.0).


20.26 PROPORTION OF TRADE UNION MEMBERS, By Sex - August 2000

Construction

%
All industries

%

MALES

Full-time
30.4
28.5
Part-time
18.3
13.8
Total
29.5
26.3

FEMALES

Full-time
*4.7
26.6
Part-time
*2.6
18.3
Total
*3.7
22.8

PERSONS

Full-time
28.1
27.9
Part-time
6.4
17.1
Total
25.7
24.7

Source: Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Members, Australia (6310.0).



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