6310.0 - Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia, Aug 2007 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 14/04/2008
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Trade union membership down 5% over 12 months to August 2007: ABS
Almost one in five employees (19% or 1.7 million people) were trade union members in conjunction with their main job in August 2007, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
This was a fall of 89,600 from the previous year. The proportion of employees who were trade union members also decreased from 20% to 19% over the same period.
The ABS also found that a higher proportion of full-time employees were trade union members than part-time employees (21% compared with 14%), as were public sector employees compared to those in the private sector (41% compared with 14%).
Employees earned, on average, $916 in their main job. Mean weekly earnings in their main job was $1,126 for full-time employees and $412 for part-time employees. Male full-time employees earned, on average, $1,212 in their main job, compared to $971 for female full-time employees.
Other findings on earnings in main job included:
Three-quarters (75%) of employees1 were entitled to paid holiday leave and/or paid sick leave in their main job. Other findings on leave entitlements included:
Further information can be found in Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia, August 2007 (cat. no. 6310.0).
1. Excluding those employees who were owner managers of incorporated enterprises.
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