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6321.0.55.001 - Industrial Disputes, Australia, Dec 2008 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/03/2009   
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Quarter
Year ended
September 2008
December 2008
December 2007
December 2008

Number of disputes
Commenced in period (no.)
48
38
134
174
Total (no.)
56
43
135
177
Employees involved
Newly involved ('000)
9.7
61.1
35.9
172.6
Total ('000)
60.5
62.9
36.0
172.9
Working days lost ('000)
36.2
31.1
49.7
196.5


Working days lost
Graph: Graph Working days lost



DECEMBER KEY POINTS


QUARTERLY ESTIMATES
  • For the December quarter 2008, there were 43 disputes, 13 less than in the September quarter 2008.
  • The number of employees involved in industrial disputes in the December quarter 2008 was 62,900, an increase of 2,400 from the September quarter 2008.
  • There were 31,100 working days lost due to industrial disputation in the December quarter 2008, a decrease of 5,100 from the September quarter 2008.
  • The Education and Health and community services industries accounted for 19,500 (63%) of the total number of working days lost in the December quarter 2008. The Education and Health and community services industries also had the highest number of working days lost per thousand employees (10.8) for the quarter.
  • In the December quarter 2008, New South Wales accounted for 16,700 (54%) of working days lost.


YEAR ENDED ESTIMATES
  • During the year ended December 2008, there were 177 disputes, 42 more than in the year ended December 2007.
  • During the year ended December 2008, there were 196,500 working days lost compared with 49,700 in the year ended December 2007.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
March 2009 4 June 2009
June 2009 3 September 2009



CHANGES IN NEXT ISSUE

From the March quarter 2009 issue of this publication, industry statistics will be presented on the basis of the new edition (2006) of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC).

This issue is the last release of industry data on the basis of the 1993 edition of ANZSIC.

For further details see paragraphs 15 to 18 of the Explanatory Notes.


REVISIONS

There are no revisions to data in this issue.


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