Story: Strikes and labour disputes

Percentage of union members in the workforce

Percentage of union members in the workforce

The percentage of the New Zealand workforce who belonged to a trade union increased suddenly after 1936, when it became compulsory for an employee to join a union where one existed in their industry. When compulsory membership was abolished in 1991, the percentage dropped just as sharply, and stabilised about 10 years later.

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How to cite this page:

Mark Derby, 'Strikes and labour disputes - Legislation from the 1990s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/graph/20514/percentage-of-union-members-in-the-workforce (accessed 6 December 2019)

Story by Mark Derby, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Mar 2016