Unions around the country are seeing a rise in membership numbers and increasing levels of interest as Australians grapple with the biggest economic upheaval in a generation.

While definite numbers aren’t yet established, most unions Crikey spoke to say they had seen evidence of increasing membership in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic shutdown.  

“We are getting reports of an increase in new members in many unions,” Australian Council of Trade Unions President Michele O’Neill told Crikey.