Story: Unions and employee organisations

Percentage of union members (2nd of 2)

Percentage of union members

Union membership in New Zealand has never reached 50% of the paid workforce, although it came close to that figure in the late 1980s. The rate of membership dropped sharply to under 20% when the Employment Contracts Act was passed in 1991.

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How to cite this page:

Erik Olssen, 'Unions and employee organisations - Reviving the unions, 1890–1913', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Erik Olssen, published 11 Mar 2010