Australian Left Review


1. Decline in Union Membership

THE PERCENTAGE that members of trade unions are of the total number of wage and salary earners is shown in Table 1 for the period from 1946 to 1969. The feature it shows is that from 1956, although the total number of trade unionists had increased by 81%, their percentage of the total number of wage and salary earners had fallen by 11% from 61% to 50%. This is lower than the 51% of 1921. Or putting it another way, if the 61% of 1956 had have been maintained, the trade union movement in 1969 would have had 355,580 more members.



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