Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

“Basic Survey on Labour Unions, 2011”


Digest of the Summary Report


22-Dec-2011 The results of the “Basic Survey on Labour Unions, 2011” have now been tabulated and released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
This survey is carried out to identify the actual situation of the organization of labour unions including the distribution of union members by the industry, size of enterprise and their upper-part union. The survey is conducted in July regarding the situation as of June 30 every year, covering all unions.
No calculation of the “estimated unionization rate” is performed for this year’s survey. Usually, the estimated unionization rate is calculated using the number of employees from the annual “Labour Force Survey” conducted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, however, the June 2011 Labour Force Survey was published excluding figures for Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures due to the Great East Japan Earthquake.


[Key Survey Results]

1. The number of labour union members was 9,961 thousand, a decrease of 93 thousand (0.9%) from 10,054 thousand in the previous year.【Table 1(PDF:380KB)】

2. The number of female union members was 2,958 thousand, a decrease of 6 thousand (0.2%) from 2,964 thousand in the previous year.【Table 1(PDF:380KB)】

3. The number of union members who are part-time employees was 776 thounsand, an increase of 50 thousand from 726 thousand in the previous year. Its share in the overall number of union members increased 0.5 points to 7.8%.
These results are the highest figures since 1990, when these survey items were added.【Table 5(PDF:361KB)】

Please refer to the Summary Report for more details.