Trade Union Membership Down 5% Over 12 Months To August 2007: Abs

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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: 

The Australian Capital Territory had the highest mean weekly earnings

($1,122), while Tasmania had the lowest ($773). 

The mining industry had the highest mean weekly earnings for full-

time employees ($1,772), while accommodation and food services had

the lowest ($781). 

The age group with the highest mean weekly earnings for full-time

employees was 35-44 year olds ($1,284), while the lowest was 15-19

year olds ($493).


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: 

The proportion of full-time employees¹ with paid leave entitlements

was 89%, compared with 43% of part-time employees¹

The age group with the highest proportion of employees¹ with paid

leave entitlements was 45-54 year olds (83%), while the lowest was

15-19 year olds (34%), partly reflecting the higher proportion of part-

time employees in the latter category.


Further information can be found in Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union

Membership, Australia, August 2007 (cat. no. 6310.0).


Media Note:

1. Excluding those employees who were owner managers of incorporated enterprises.






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