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Union membership return report 2017

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Section 16 of the Employment Relations Act 2000 (the Act) requires every registered union in New Zealand to file with the Registrar of Unions (the Registrar), 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, total union membership as of 1 March 2017 was 355,511. This represents 17.2% of employees in the labour force. Total union membership decreased by -0.45% compared to the previous year. 

Analysis

As at 1 March 2017, there were 131 registered unions in New Zealand. During the 2016/17 years, two new unions were registered and six unions were wound up.

Filers

By 30 August 2017, 124 unions had provided their membership returns. Of those:

  • 56 unions (45.16% of those which provided their returns) have fewer than 100 members. Four unions had no members and two unions had less than ten members. The Registrar will make contact with these unions to determine their future registration status. This may lead to the unions applying to the Registrar to cancel their registrations under section 17(1)(a) of the Act or the Registrar referring them to the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) to seek an order directing the Registrar to cancel their registrations.
  • Of the unions that provided gender details of their membership, 56.8% of members were women.
  • The ten largest unions had a combined membership of 289,596.  

Non-filers

The Registrar followed a compliance process to remind unions of their filing obligations and to manage those that did not file. This process includes a series of reminder communications which exhausted all contact options. Nine registered unions did not submit a return to the Registrar. Of those:

  • One labour union is in liquidation; and
  • Two labour unions have merged with other labour unions but are still registered as labour unions; and
  • Three labour unions voluntarily cancelled their registration; and
  • The remaining three unions will continue to be monitored by the Registrar. As noted above, the Registrar will make contact with these unions to determine their future registration status. 

 

These unions have been included in the list below with reference to the notes above. 

Trends in union membership 2012-2017 (March quarters)

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Number of union members as 1 March

379,185

371,613

364,846

359,782

357,120

355,511

% change year on year

-1.4

-2.0

-1.8

-1.4

-0.7

-0.45

% of employees who are union members

20.5

20.1

18.6

18.3

17.7

17.2

% of employed labour force who are union members

17.0

16.6

15.7

15.5

15.2

14.0

Number of employees in the labour force

2,230,000

2,234,000

2,318,000

2,355,000

2,399,000

2,539,000

% change in employed labour force

+0.7

+0.2

+3.8

+1.6

+1.9

+5.8

 

[image] Graph showing numbers of union members and numbers of total employees for 2012 to 2017 as outlined in the table above.
 

Union membership by industry and gender, 1 March 2017

Industry Female Male Not known * Total
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 446 1,526 - 1,972
Communication Services 1,812 1,914 113 3,839
Construction & Trade Services 352 4,610 122 5,084
Cultural and Recreational 3,574 3,430 6 7,010
Education 56,424 22,232 3 78,659
Electricity, Gas & Water Services 452 2,761 23 3,236
Finance, Insurance & Business Services 4,680 3,281 19 7,980
Government Administration & Defence 24,293 21,656 1 45,950
Health & Community Services 81,227 17,187 7,410 105,824
Manufacturing 10,639 34,651 97 45,387
Mining 88 1,041 3 1,132
Others 30 600 - 630
Restaurants & Accommodation 2,442 2,006 3 4,451
Transport & Storage 6,967 22,876 46 29,889
Wholesale & Retail 8,742 5,716 10 14,468
Total 202,168 145,487 7,856 355,511

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

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Returns from individual unions

N/R denotes a union that had not filed its annual return by 31 August 2017.

Name of union Membership as at 1 March 2017
ALTERNATIVE STAFF GROUP INCORPORATED 107
AMALGAMATED WORKERS UNION NEW ZEALAND INCORPORATED 24
AMALGAMATED WORKERS UNION NEW ZEALAND SOUTHERN INCORPORATED 3,928
AMBULANCE OFFICER'S WORKPLACE UNION INCORPORATED 01
ARA ACADEMIC STAFF OF CANTERBURY INCORPORATED 214
ASSOCIATED COUNCIL EMPLOYEES INCORPORATED 46
ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONALS AND EXECUTIVE EMPLOYEES INCORPORATED 2,765
ASSOCIATION OF SALARIED MEDICAL SPECIALISTS INCORPORATED 4,485
AVIATION AND MARINE ENGINEERS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 2,446
BAY OF PLENTY REGIONAL COUNCIL STAFF ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 215
BORDER OPS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 20
BUREAU STAFF ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 102
CANTERBURY AND REGIONS TOTALISATOR EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 129
CAPE FOULWIND DRIVERS,OPERATORS AND GENERAL WORKERS UNION INCORPORATED NR2
CENTRAL AMALGAMATED WORKERS UNION INCORPORATED 2,277
CENTRAL STAFF COLLECTIVE INCORPORATED 175
CHRIST'S COLLEGE ACADEMIC STAFF ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 61
CIE WORKERS UNION INCORPORATED 2
COMBINED EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 471
COMBINED HOSPITAL INDIVIDUAL CONTRACT UNION INCORPORATED 39
CORRECTIONS ASSOCIATION OF NEW ZEALAND INCORPORATED 2,998
DTA STAFF ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 48
E TU INCORPORATED 53,865
EASTERN BAY INDEPENDENT INDUSTRIAL WORKERS UNION 1995 INCORPORATED 57
EASTERN CIVIL ENGINEERS UNION INCORPORATED NR3
ELECTRICAL UNION 2001 INCORPORATED 110
FEATHERSTON MILL WORKERS' UNION INCORPORATED 18
FIRST UNION INCORPORATED 26,765
FLIGHT ATTENDANTS AND RELATED SERVICES (NZ) ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED NR4
FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 473
H H B WORKERS UNION INCORPORATED 107
HASTINGS DISTRICT COUNCIL EMPLOYEES SOCIETY INCORPORATED 112
HAWKES BAY WORKERS UNION INCORPORATED NR5
HUTT VALLEY SOCIETY OF INDEPENDENT BUS DRIVERS INCORPORATED 30
IAG NZ STAFF ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 525
INDEPENDENT ELECTRICAL WORKERS UNION 1995 (INCORPORATED) 36
J BALLANTYNE STAFF ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 125
KING'S COLLEGE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 86
LEGAL WORKERS UNION OF NEW ZEALAND INCORPORATED 25
M.E.U. SOCIETY INCORPORATED 20
MANUFACTURING & CONSTRUCTION WORKERS UNION (INCORP. SHIPWRIGHTS,MOULDER COACHWORKERS,BOILERMAKERS,PULP & PAPER 1,530
MARITIME UNION OF NEW ZEALAND INCORPORATED 2,514
MATES UNION INCORPORATED 575
MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT & ARTS ALLIANCE (NEW ZEALAND) INCORPORATED 855
MIDWIFERY EMPLOYEE REPRESENTATION AND ADVISORY SERVICE INCORPORATED 868
NAPIER CITY COUNCIL STAFF ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 165
NATIONAL UNION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES INCORPORATED 1,288
NELSON COLLECTIVE UNION INCORPORATED 118
NEW ZEALAND AIR LINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION INDUSTRIAL UNION OF WORKERS INCORPORATED 2,322
NEW ZEALAND AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 233
NEW ZEALAND BAKERS PASTRYCOOKS AND RELATED EMPLOYEES UNION INCORPORATED 500
NEW ZEALAND BUILDING TRADES UNION INCORPORATED 06
NEW ZEALAND CENTRAL BAKING TRADES AND RELATED TRADES EMPLOYEES UNION INCORPORATED 17
NEW ZEALAND DAIRY WORKERS UNION - TE RUNANGA WAI U INCORPORATED 7,718
NEW ZEALAND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE TE RIU ROA INCORPORATED 45,699
NEW ZEALAND FISHING INDUSTRY GUILD INCORPORATED 583
NEW ZEALAND FURNITURE MANUFACTURING AND ASSOCIATED WORKERS UNION INCORPORATED 168
NEW ZEALAND MEAT WORKERS AND RELATED TRADES UNION INCORPORATED 13,995
NEW ZEALAND MEDICAL LABORATORY WORKERS UNION INCORPORATED 1,188
NEW ZEALAND MERCHANT SERVICE GUILD INDUSTRIAL UNION OF WORKERS INCORPORATED 709
NEW ZEALAND NETBALL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 60
NEW ZEALAND POLICE ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 11,282
NEW ZEALAND POLICE MANAGERS' GUILD INCORPORATED 133
NEW ZEALAND POST-PRIMARY TEACHERS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 17,189
NEW ZEALAND PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS AND TRANSPORT EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 18
NEW ZEALAND PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS UNION INCORPORATED 1,850
NEW ZEALAND PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS' ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 153
NEW ZEALAND PUBLIC SERVICE ASSOCIATION TE PUKENGA HERE TIKANGA MAHI INCORPORATED 56,803
NEW ZEALAND RESIDENT DOCTORS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 3,408
NEW ZEALAND TRAMWAYS AND PUBLIC PASSENGER TRANSPORT EMPLOYEES UNION INCORPORATED 1,374
NEW ZEALAND WRITERS GUILD INCORPORATED 265
NORTH ISLAND MUSSELS EMPLOYEES UNION INCORPORATED NR7
NORTHERN AMALGAMATED WORKERS UNION INCORPORATED NR8
NORTHERN CHEMICAL WORKERS UNION INCORPORATED 1,132
NORTHERN TOTALISATOR AND ALLIED EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 129
NUMBER ONE MANUFACTURING ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 3,397
NZ EMPLOYEES UNION INCORPORATED 15
NZ TOUR DRIVERS UNION INCORPORATED 12
PORTPRO INCORPORATED 90
OMNIBUS WORKERS UNION INCORPORATED NR9
PROFESSIONAL VERIFIERS' INSTITUTE INCORPORATED 121
PROMINA GROUP STAFF ASSOCIATION NZ INCORPORATED 163
QANTAS EMPLOYEES COLLECTIVE INCORPORATED 49
RAIL AND MARITIME TRANSPORT UNION INCORPORATED 4,724
REUNITED EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 201
SAINT KENTIGERN TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 161
SANFORD WORKERS ASSOCIATION TIMARU INCORPORATED NR10
SCHOOL EXECUTIVE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 011
SECONDARY PRINCIPALS' ASSOCIATION OF NEW ZEALAND INCORPORATED 115
SHORECARE STAFF SOCIETY INCORPORATED 49
SLGOU ASSOCIATES INCORPORATED 26
SOUTHERN COASTAL EMPLOYEES' ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 121
SOUTHLAND ENTERPRISES UNION OF WORKERS INCORPORATED 89
ST PETER'S SCHOOL, CAMBRIDGE, ACADEMIC STAFF ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 68
ST.MARGARET'S COLLEGE TEACHERS UNION INCORPORATED 79
TARANAKI REGIONAL COUNCIL STAFF ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 115
TASMAN STAFF ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 40
TAXPRO INCORPORATED 1,106
TE KUITI BEEF WORKERS UNION INCORPORATED 70
TERTIARY INSTITUTES ALLIED STAFF ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 1,452
THE AMALGAMATED STEVEDORES UNION INCORPORATED 371
THE AUCKLAND SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT PLANNERS INCORPORATED NR12
THE CAREGIVERS AND RELATED EMPLOYEES INDEPENDENT ASSOCIATION OF STAFF INCORPORATED 138
THE CLUTHA DISTRICT COUNCIL OFFICER'S ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 73
THE CUSTOMS OFFICERS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 429
THE FEDERATION OF AIR NEW ZEALAND PILOTS INCORPORATED 190
THE GREY DISTRICT COUNCIL UNION OF EMPLOYEES INCORPORATED 70
THE HAWKE'S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL STAFF UNION INCORPORATED 50
THE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS EDUCATION ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 761
THE NEW PLYMOUTH DISTRICT COUNCIL STAFF ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 175
THE NEW ZEALAND FIRE AND RESCUE COMMANDERS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 58
THE NEW ZEALAND NURSES ORGANISATION INCORPORATED 48,155
THE NEW ZEALAND TERTIARY EDUCATION UNION TE HAUTU KAHURANGI O AOTEAROA INCORPORATED 9,349
THE PULP & PAPER WORKERS UNION - KAWERAU INCORPORATED 395
THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET UNION OF EMPLOYEES INCORPORATED 71
THE RUGBY PLAYERS COLLECTIVE INCORPORATED 630
THE SOUTH WAIKATO DISTRICT COUNCIL STAFF ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 6
THE SOUTHLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL OFFICERS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 24
THE SURFSIDE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 172
THE WESTLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL UNION OF EMPLOYEES INCORPORATED 26
TIG - THE INDEPENDENT GROUP INCORPORATED 013
TIG-HW INCORPORATED 61
TOGETHER INCORPORATED 430
TUIA UNION INCORPORATED 541
UNISON NETWORKS EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 33
UNITE INCORPORATED 6,673
UNITED FISHERIES WORKPLACE UNION INCORPORATED 62
WAINGAWA WORKERS' UNION INCORPORATED 68
WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY DISTRICT COUNCIL EMPLOYEES' ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 134
WHAKATANE DISTRICT COUNCIL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 95
WORK & INCOME NORTHLAND STAFF INCORPORATED 65
WSA INCORPORATED 74

 

Footnotes

1 The union filed its annual return but it showed 0 members. The Registrar will contact the union to see if it wishes to apply to have its registration cancelled. The associated incorporated society filed its financial statement for 31 March 2017 on 5 July 2017.

2 The union did not file an annual return. Its registration was cancelled on 24 July 2017. The associated incorporated society was dissolved on 11 September 2017.

3 The union did not file an annual return. The Registrar will contact the union to see if it wishes to apply to have its registration cancelled. The associated incorporated society filed its financial statement for 31 March 2014 on 19 August 2014. The Registrar of Incorporated Societies will request that the society bring its filings up-to-date or consider dissolution.

4 The union did not file an annual return. Its registration was cancelled on 24 July 2017. The associated incorporated society was dissolved on 25 July 2017.

5 The union did not file an annual return. The Registrar will contact the union to see if it wishes to apply to have its registration cancelled. The associated incorporated society filed its financial statement for 31 March 2013 on 7 March 2014. The Registrar of Incorporated Societies will request that the society bring its filings up-to-date or consider dissolution.

6 The union filed its annual return but it showed 0 members. The union merged with E Tu Incorporated and all members are now with that union. The Registrar will contact the union to see if it wishes to apply to have its registration cancelled. The associated incorporated society filed its financial statement for 31 March 2017 on 12 July 2017.

7 The union did not file an annual return. The associated incorporated society was restored to the register on 2 August 2017. The Registrar has been informed that the union has been revived.

8 The union did not file an annual return. The Registrar will contact the union to see if it wishes to apply to have its registration cancelled. The associated incorporated society filed its financial statement for 31 March 2016 on 12 May 2017. The Registrar of Incorporated Societies will request that the society bring its filings up-to-date or consider dissolution.

9 The union did not file an annual return. The associated incorporated society is in liquidation.

10 The union did not file an annual return. Its registration was cancelled on 2 August 2017. The associated incorporated society filed its financial statement for 31 March 2016 on 13 September 2016. The Registrar of Incorporated Societies will request that the society bring its filings up-to-date or consider dissolution.

11 The union filed its annual return but it showed 0 members. The Registrar will contact the union to see if it wishes to apply to have its registration cancelled. The associated incorporated society is currently registered with Charities Services so it does not provide financial statements to the Registrar of Incorporated Societies.

12 The union did not file an annual return. The union merged with Aviation and Marine Engineers Association Incorporated. The Registrar will contact the union to see if it wishes to apply to have its registration cancelled. The associated incorporated society filed its financial statement for 31 March 2015 on 26 June 2017. The Registrar of Incorporated Societies will request that the society bring its filings up-to-date or consider dissolution.

13 The union filed its annual return but it showed 0 members. The Registrar of will contact the union to see if it wishes to apply to have its registration cancelled. The associated incorporated society filed its financial statement for 31 March 2016 on 18 April 2017. The statement was a ‘Nil’ statement. The Registrar of Incorporated Societies will contact the society to ascertain whether it is carrying on its operations or should be considering dissolution.

Last updated 14 June 2018

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