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posted on 01 July 2017

The State Of The Unions


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Labor union (trade union in the UK) membership is falling across developed nations.

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In 1985, 30 percent of workers were members of labor unions and that has now fallen to 17 percent. Reasons for the decline include technological and organizational changes, globalization, policy reform and the decline of the manufacturing sector. 80 million workers are part of labor unions in OECD member states while about 155 million are covered by collective agreements at national, regional, sectoral or occupational level.

Labor union density varies considerably between countries and Iceland has the highest rate of membership at 91.8 percent.The Icelandic Confederation of Labour alone has 104,500 members, accounting for about half of the country's employees. Sweden has a high rate of union membership at 67 percent while just over a quarter of Irish and Canadian workers are part of a union. Back in 1983, the U.S. had a labor union density of 20.1 percent and today that has fallen to 10.6 percent.

Infographic: The State Of The Unions | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista.

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