Thursday, September 18, 2014



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Institute for Workplace Studies-----------------Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor--------------------Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


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Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)


Trade Union Density



 Contact person/organisation

 Data source(s) used

OECD and J.Visser, ICTWSS database (Institutional Characteristics of Trade Unions, Wage Setting, State Intervention and Social Pacts, 1960-2010), version 3.0 ( )

For more information and full methodology, see


 Data Characteristics

 Unit of measure used

Data are expressed in percentages.

 Concepts & Classifications

 Key statistical concept

Trade union density corresponds to the ratio of  wage and salary earners that are trade union members, divided by the total number of wage and salary earners (OECD Labour Force Statistics). Density is calculated using survey data, wherever possible, and administrative data adjusted for non-active and self-employed members  otherwise.




Union Members and Employees



 Data source(s) used

For more information and full methodology, see

 Data Characteristics

 Unit of measure used

Data are expressed in thousands.

 Population & Scope

 Statistical population

This table contains the number of active trade union members and the number of wage and salary earners. Data on union membership are broken down by source of data (administrative or survey data).

Membership corresponds to the number of wage and salary earners that are members of a trade union. Total number of wage and salary earners are taken from OECD Labour Force Statistics.



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