The proportion of employees covered by current collective agreements has risen from 48% to 51% due to a fall in the number on expired collectives from 8% in 2003 to 3% in 2004. 58% of employees were union members, the same level as last year.
56% of employees on current collectives were covered by agreements that did not contain wage rates. The remainder contained a mix of discrete wage rates, such as steps, and references to ranges of pay rates. These references included links to general remuneration systems that covered employees outside the specific collective agreement.