Union rally targeting Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie outside State Parliament on Thursday, October 17, 2013.
Union rally targeting Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie outside State Parliament on Thursday, October 17, 2013. Adam Davies

27,200 Queenslanders walk away from unions

QUEENSLAND union membership has plummeted over the past year with more than 27,200 fewer members across the state's 32 registered organisations.

The Queensland Industrial Court's annual report revealed one of the hardest hit organisations was the Australian Worker's Union which shed more than 16,000 members along with Together Queensland who lost more than 4000 members between June, 2012, and June, 2013.

The Queensland Nurses' Union, United Voice and Electrical Trades Union attracted 1504, 2561 and 37 new members respectively.

Queensland Council of Unions president John Battams said the steep decline in membership numbers was due to the State Government's public sector cull.

"A clear reason is there are fewer jobs around," he said.

"We lost more than 11,000 workers in Queensland last year as a result of the LNP government's policies."

Mr Battams said it was an "absolute concern" union numbers were falling.

"Union membership generally grows when the economy grows," he said.

"However, it will not stop our ability to campaign against this government.

"The year prior to the LNP winning government union memberships actually grew."

Union membership across Queensland totalled 375,656.



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