Num­bers in unions locked at steady level

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mem­ber­ship in the pri­vate sec­tor re­mains steady. Lat­est Aus­tralian Bu­reau of Sta­tis­tics data shows 13.8 per cent of pri­vate sec­tor em­ploy­ees now be­long to a union.

ACTUsec­re­tary Jeff Lawrence says un­cer­tainty for work­ers in a range of sec­tors means be­long­ing to a union is more im­por­tant than ever.

He says its im­por­tance is re­in­forced by the fig­ures show­ing union mem­bers earn, on av­er­age, 12 per cent more than non­mem­bers.

‘‘Work­ers face con­tin­ued un­cer­tainty in the times ahead with struc­tural changes to the econ­omy and work­force as a whole,’’ he says.

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