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Contents >> Labour >> Trade union membership in the labour force

In August 2000, 25% of employees aged 15 years and over were trade union members in connection with their main job (table 6.52).

Electricity, gas and water supply and Education were the most unionised industries, with 53% and 44% of employees respectively who were trade union members. The Agriculture, forestry and fishing industry was the least unionised (5% of employees).


6.52 PROPORTION OF EMPLOYEES WHO WERE TRADE UNION MEMBERS, By Industry(a) - August 2000
Industry
Males

%
Females

%
Persons

%

Agriculture, forestry and fishing
6.0
*3.7
5.4
Mining
35.0
**4.5
32.3
Manufacturing
34.1
22.8
31.1
Electricity, gas and water supply
56.6
*34.9
53.1
Construction
29.5
*3.7
26.4
Wholesale trade
12.3
5.8
10.4
Retail trade
15.4
19.7
17.7
Accommodation, cafes and restaurants
10.0
10.6
10.3
Transport and storage
42.1
20.9
36.4
Communication services
42.9
27.1
37.7
Finance and insurance
18.9
28.3
24.3
Property and business services
9.2
6.1
7.8
Government administration and defence
43.8
32.0
38.1
Education
45.2
43.5
44.0
Health and community services
30.4
32.8
32.3
Cultural and recreational services
19.8
14.1
17.1
Personal and other services
39.8
14.5
27.7
All industries
26.3
22.8
24.7


(a) Classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC).

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


As shown in graph 6.53, the proportion of employees who were trade union members in connection with their main job has been declining steadily.



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