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Union membership return report 2015

(This report revises and expands on a document that was prepared in October 2015)

Section 16 of the Employment Relations Act 2000 requires every registered union in New Zealand to file with the Registrar of Unions, by 1 June each year, an annual return of its membership numbers as at 1 March of that year.

Summary 

Based on the returns received by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment up to 31 August, total union membership as of 1 March 2015 was 359,782. This represents 18.3% of employees. Total union membership decreased by 1.4% compared with the previous year.

During the 2014/15 year six unions were wound up. One union merged with the Public Service Association on 1 April 2015. 

Analysis

As at 1 March 2015, there were 137 registered unions in New Zealand. By 31 August, 124 unions had provided their membership returns. Of those:

  • 49 unions have fewer than 100 members
  • the 10 largest unions had a total membership of 283,900
  • in those unions that provided gender details of their membership, more women (213,735, or 57.8%) were members than men (149,177)
  • the median size of membership was 135.

 

The unions that had not submitted their returns are being followed up by the Registrar’s office. Their names are included in the list of returns, for the sake of completeness.

  

Trends in union membership 2010-2015 (March quarters)

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015


Number of union members as 1 March

379,649

384,644

379,185

371,613

364,846

359,782

% change year on year

-2.1

+1.3

-1.4

-2.0

-1.8

-1.4

% of employees who are union members

20.9

20.9

20.5

20.1

18.6

18.3

% of employed labour force who are union members *

17.4

17.4

17.0

16.6

15.7

15.5

% change in employed labour force

-0.1

+1.8

+0.7

+0.3

+1.4

+3.2


* ‘Employed labour force’ includes such workforce participants as managers and self-employed people

 [image] Union membership status: Employees (2010-2015).
 

Union membership by industry and gender, 1 March 2015

Unions that had not completed their annual returns by 31 August are shown as N/R

Industry Female Male Not known ** Total
Accommodation & restaurants 3,651 2,362   6,013
Agriculture, forestry & fishing 646 1,956   2,602
Communication services 2,311 2,382 2 4,695
Construction & trade services 318 4,529 1 4,848
Cultural & recreation services 3,073 2,880   5,953
Education 67,889 23,324 2,446 93,659
Electricity, gas & water services 732 3,095   3,827
Finance, insurance & business services 5,210 3,091   8,301
Government administration & defence 26,050 23,213   49,263
Health & community services 78,649 16,854 4,090 99,593
Manufacturing 10,433 35,673 2 46,108
Mining 108 1,504 1 1,613
Transport & storage 6,219 22,689 2 28,910
Wholesale & retail 8,411 5,175   13,586
Other 35 450 152 637
Total 213,735 149,177 6,696 359,872

** Six unions did not provide a full breakdown of their membership by gender.

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Returns from individual unions

Name of union Inc Soc No. Membership as at 1 March 2015
Alloy Yachts Employees’ Federation Inc 1173856 10
Alternative Staff Group Inc 1120317 136
Amalgamated Workers’ Union New Zealand Inc 508934 29
Amalgamated Workers’ Union New Zealand Southern Inc 640080 3,797
Ambulance Officers’ Workplace Union Inc 1154458 57
Associated Council Employees Inc 971875 N/R
Association of Academic Staff at CPIT Inc 653191 199
Association of Professionals and Executive Employees Inc 1084225 2,446
Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Inc 509077 4,270
Aviation & Marine Engineers’ Association Inc 509008 2,443
Bay of Plenty Regional Council Staff Association Inc 1152375 217
Bay Union Group Inc 1583078 N/R
Bureau Staff Association Inc 1166570 131
Canterbury and Regions Totalisator Employees’ Association Inc 276508 135
Cape Foulwind Drivers & Operators & General Workers’ Union Inc 582250 27
Central Amalgamated Workers’ Union Inc 539251 3,168
Central Staff Collective Inc 1147721 N/R
Christ’s College Academic Staff Association Inc 1163675 63
CIE Workers’ Union Inc 2303839 N/R
Combined Employees’ Association Inc 1151483 492
Combined Hospital Individual Contracts Collective Union Inc 1615128 N/R
Corrections Association of New Zealand Inc 531945 2,700
DOTSE Staff Association Inc 529038 53
Eastern Bay Independent Industrial Workers’ Union 1993 Inc 1034490 54
Eastern Civil Engineers’ Union Inc 1155728 94
Electrical Union 2001 Inc 1113419 109
Featherston Mill Workers’ Union Inc 1109253 21
FIRST Union Inc 508942 25,465
Flight Attendants and Related Services (NZ) Association Inc 509015 1,850
Hastings District Council Employees’ Society Inc 1132510 123
Hawkes Bay Workers’ Union Inc 1971652 N/R
HHB Workers’ Union Inc 1185784 89
Hostel Managers’ Association Inc 1007873 13
Hutt Valley Society of Independent Bus Drivers’ Inc 1087136 40
IAG NZ Staff Association Inc 526123 590
Independent Electrical Workers’ Union 1995 Inc 802742 35
J Ballantyne Staff Association Inc 2594191 130
King’s College Teachers’ Association Inc 1219306 81
Legal Workers’ Union of New Zealand Inc 2601103 22
Manufacturing & Construction Workers’ Union Inc 499068 1,503
Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance 2541164 811
M.E.U. Society Inc 1071248 134
Midwifery Employee Representation and Advisory Service Inc 1235928 732
Napier City Council Staff Association Inc 1103216 134
National Union of Public Employees Inc 545792 1,169
Nelson Collective Union Inc 1288333 122
New Zealand Advertising Guild & Associates Inc 567655 80
New Zealand Airline Pilots’ Association Industrial Union of Workers 509080 2,158
New Zealand Ambulance Association Inc 1813834 N/R
New Zealand Bakers, Pastrycooks and Related Employees’ Union Inc 508906 462
New Zealand Central Baking Trades and Related Trades Employees’ Union Inc 1284285 18
New Zealand Dairy Workers’ Union Te Runanga Wai U Inc 562968 7,500
New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa Inc 509066 47,676
New Zealand Employees’ Union Inc 1139530 45
New Zealand Executive Fire Officers’ Society Inc 1045623 48
New Zealand Fishing Industry Guild Inc 508899 513
New Zealand Furniture Manufacturing and Associated Workers’ Union Inc 508911 190
New Zealand Halal Slaughtermen Union Inc 1555021 N/R
New Zealand Meat Workers and Related Trades Union Inc 508904 14,893
New Zealand Medical Laboratory Workers’ Union Inc 509080 1,216
New Zealand Merchant Service Guild Industrial Union of Workers Inc 509004 682
New Zealand Netball Players’ Association Inc 1971637 60
New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation 509078 46,688
New Zealand Police Association 215711 11,172
New Zealand Police Managers’ Guild Inc 216264 179
New Zealand Post-Primary Teachers’ Association Inc 509071 16,697
New Zealand Professional Drivers and Transport Employees’ Association Inc 1967795 42
New Zealand Professional Firefighters’ Union Inc 509037 1,890
New Zealand Professional Footballers’ Association Inc 1351196 113
New Zealand Public Service Association Inc 215410 59,741
New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association Inc 509079 2,873
New Zealand Tour Drivers’ Union Inc 910337 40
New Zealand Tramways and Public Passenger Transport Employees’ Union Inc 508998 450
New Zealand Writers’ Guild Inc 217777 406
Night and Day Port Workers’ Association 1257937 N/R
Northern Amalgamated Workers’ Union Inc 605214 N/R
Northern Chemical Workers’ Union Inc 508919 1,085
Northern Totalisator & Allied Employees’ Association Inc 222996 130
North Island Mussels Employees’ Union Inc 2051789 N/R
Number One Manufacturing Association Inc 1072339 117
NZ Van Lines Union Inc 1633891 N/R
Omnibus Workers’ Union Inc 2568141 45
Port Pro Inc 2562409 72
Professional Verifiers’ Institute Inc 2568960 105
Promina Group Staff Association Inc 633112 166
QANTAS Employees’ Collective Inc 1383600 61
Rail and Maritime Transport Union Inc 643960 4,673
Reunited Employees’ Association Inc 1799224 281
Saint Kentigern Teachers’ Association Inc 1125989 146
Sanford Workers’ Association Timaru Inc 1155825 43
School Executive Officers’ Association 663788 301
Secondary Principals Association of New Zealand Inc 513836 85
Shorecare Staff Society Inc 1203242 36
SLGOU Associates Inc 1572540 63
Southern Coastal Employees’ Association 1137763 141
Southern Local Government Officers’ Union Inc (merged with Public Service Association on 1 April 2015) 509041 1,981
St Margaret’s College Teachers Union Inc 1228885 76
St Peter’s School Cambridge Academic Staff Association Inc 1108494 79
Taranaki Regional Council Staff Association Inc 1061197 123
Taranaki Union Group Inc 2157795 N/R
Tasman Staff Association Inc 566514 46
Taxpro Inc 805517 885
Te Kuiti Beef Workers’ Union Inc 1072321 N/R
Tertiary Institutes Allied Staff Association Inc 217145 1,584
The Amalgamated Stevedores’ Union Inc 1028492 290
The Auckland Society of International Flight Planners Inc 802392 31
The Caregivers and Related Employees’ Independent Association of Staff Inc 1618382 208
The Clutha District Council Officers’ Association Inc 525779 59
The Customs Officers’ Association Inc 530207 412
The Farmers Mutual Group Staff Association Inc 537317 5
The Federation of Air New Zealand Pilots 485725 231
The Foreign Service Association 318647 462
The Grey District Council Union of Employees Inc 1029496 70
The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Staff Union Inc 302624 50
The Independent Schools’ Education Association Inc 217844 688
The Maritime Union of New Zealand Inc 509002 2,704
The New Plymouth District Council Staff Association 985181 212
The New Zealand Amalgamated Engineering, Printing & Manufacturing Union Inc 508924 33,246
The New Zealand Tertiary Education Union Te Hautu Kahurangi O Aotearoa Inc 509064 9,826
The NZ Towage, Pilotage & Port Workers Industrial Union Inc 1080351 2
The Rotorua Peoples’ Advocacy Union Inc 872645 45
The Royal New Zealand Ballet Union of Employees Inc 1246376 53
The Rugby Players’ Collective Inc 1070351 485
The Service and Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota Inc 535869 20,326
The Southland District Council Officers’ Association Inc 1137758 31
The South Waikato District Council Staff Association Inc 1164518 6
The Surfside Employees’ Association Inc 1083096 162
The Westland District Council Union of Employees 1072347 36
TIG – The Independent Group Inc 1245014 1
TIG - HW Inc 1162195 N/R
Together Inc 2542077 410
Towers Auckland Employees’ Union Inc 1110424 N/R
Tuia Union Inc 1101157 628
Unison Network Employees’ Association Inc 650263 34
UNITE Inc 597570 7996
United Fisheries Workplace Union Inc 1149069 44
Western Bay of Plenty District Council Employees’ Association Inc 1225082 97
Whakatane District Council Employees’ Association Inc 1147523 119
Work & Income Northland Staff Inc 876766 61
WSA Inc 1187145 88

 

Last updated 17 November 2015

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