Union membership

The Spinoff graphically shows the relatively small number of people now belonging to unions, and how less young people belong to unions.

Chart of the Week: are unions losing the young?

Are unions in New Zealand dwindling? With unions trending towards older workers, they may very well be.


Most people don’t belong to unions, and that is more pronounced amongst young people.

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  1. artcroft

     /  26th October 2016

    I resigned from my union recently. I found them too expensive for what services they provide. I’m sure a bit of competition would have dropped the cost and seen better services offered.

  2. Zedd

     /  26th October 2016

    “union is not a dirty word” BUT obviously many kiwis seem to think so.. narrow minded right-wing B-S again 😦

    Mind the gap folks.. 😀

  3. Today unions are in a position rather like the Labour Party, and oddly, largely because of the Labour Party … well, “oddly” is a bit mild actually … BIZARRELY! …

    Unions can hardly go back to the tactics of the past, which by todays ‘Rogered’ standards look like a war on ‘productivity and efficiency’ … and yet the Rogering and Ruthanasing of both workers and unions played a sizeable part in this same ‘P & E’ … [Ha! … and people wonder why Aotearoa’s P & E statistics are not very good!?] …

    To paraphrase Joe Bloggs (if I may) “I don’t have the answers as to how NZ’s social and economic systems can be overhauled so welfare becomes unnecessary – or destigmatised – but it seems to me this is where” … the relevance of unions lies …?

  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  26th October 2016

    Perhaps it’s something to do with today’s more flexible workforce (just a guess) and unions have the image of older men in cloth caps with North of England accents making people strike for trivial reasons.

    • Perhaps Miss Kitty, if you put the cart before the horse? The so-called ‘flexible’, low-paid and casualised workforce are symptoms of the disease ‘Rogered & Ruthanased’, not the other way around …

      Indeed, these now chronic symptoms prove that people needed to occasionally “strike for trivial reasons” [not] to stave off the disease itself, a bit like good diet, innoculation and/or vitamins maintaining your immune system …?

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  26th October 2016

        People are more flexible. What used to be considered job-hopping isn’t considered to be so now, it’s considered to show ambition. I would guess that someone who stays in the same job all their life (with obvious exceptions) would be thought to be a drone.

        Roger Douglas cut a lot of dead wood out. The railways worked just as well without the drones.

  5. John Schmidt

     /  26th October 2016

    The unions did a lot of damage to themselves in the 1970’s. There craziness with the ferries, freezing works, BNZ building in Wellington and Mangere Bridge the later two meant that steel construction ceased for 30 years. Marsden Point was another area of union craziness where workers could actually plan their holidays based upon contrived industrial action. The end result being that eventually people could see for themselves how unions and their actions are destructive for themselves and for the greater country.

    • Corky

       /  26th October 2016

      One escaped- The Teachers Union. These unrepentant Marxists, brain washed by Paulo Freire’s belief system should be deregistered tomorrow for the sake of future generations of New Zealanders.


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