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Table 3 Trade union membership and participation rate

From: Labour market and labour market policies during great recession: the case of Estonia

  1991 1995 2001 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Labour force (aged 15–69, thousands) 818.7 701.4 655.2 681.3 682 689.1 684 678.8
EAKL members (thousands) 699.6 139.2 50 43.8 39.1 38 35.8 33
TALO members (thousands) - 47 37 20 17.7 17 15 4.9
Total no. of union members (thousands)* 699.6 186.2 87 63.8 56.8 55 50.8 37.9
Union membership as % of labour force (aged 15–69) 85.5 26.5 13.3 9.4 8.3 8.0 7.4 5.6
  1. Sources: EAKL, TALO, Estonian Statistics.
  2. Notes: The membership numbers give the situation at the end of December of each year; labour force numbers are average numbers for the year.
  3. * The actual number of trade union members is in fact somewhat higher than what is presented in the table, as the number in the table is the number of members of the central confederations (EAKL and TALO). There are trade unions that do not belong to those two organisations.