Union density

Michelle O'Sullivan19/04/2010

Michelle O'Sullivan: The latest CSO release indicates that union density for the second quarter of 2009 was 34%, higher than the previous three years but this increase is mainly a function of dropping employment levels. The union density for 2009 was three percentage points lower than 2003, with the drop over that period being greater for men and women. Of course, the longer-term analysis is starker. While the problems unions face in the private sector are well documented, their penetration in the public sector is not as strong as the 1990s – it will be interesting to see how public sector union density will fare following the recent public sector agreement.

Posted in: Labour market

Tagged with: trade unions

Dr Michelle O'Sullivan

Michelle O'Sullivan

Dr Michelle O'Sullivan's expertise is primarily on the quality of work and precarious work, with particular attention on public policy.

Chair of the Irish Association for Industrial Relations, Co-Chair of the Work, Employment and Organisation Special Interest Group in the Irish Academy of Management, is a member of the Board of Directors of TASC and the Scientific Council of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies. She was a Board Member of the Workplace Relations Commission from 2015-2021.



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