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6321.0.55.001 - Industrial Disputes, Australia, Jun 2012 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/09/2012   
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JUNE KEY FIGURES

Quarter
Year ended
March 2012
June 2012
June 2011
June 2012

Number of disputes
Commenced in period (no.)
36
47
199
195
Total (no.)
43
53
209
208
Employees involved
Newly involved ('000)
6.2
68.5
52.7
185.2
Total ('000)
6.7
70.0
54.7
187.8
Working days lost ('000)
35.8
101.7
159.8
293.1


Working days lost
Graph: Working days lost



JUNE KEY POINTS


QUARTERLY ESTIMATES
  • For the June quarter 2012, there were 53 disputes, 10 more than in the March quarter 2012.
  • The number of employees involved in industrial disputes in the June quarter 2012 was 70,000, an increase from 6,700 in the March quarter 2012.
  • There were 101,700 working days lost due to industrial disputation in the June quarter 2012, an increase from 35,800 in the March quarter 2012. This is the highest level of working days lost since the June quarter 2004.
  • High numbers of working days lost were driven by large disputes in the Education and training and Health care and social assistance industries in June quarter 2012 and September quarter 2011.
  • The combined Education and training and Health care and social assistance industries accounted for 67,800 (67%) of the total number of working days lost in the June quarter 2012. The Coal mining industry had the highest number of working days lost per thousand employees (152.7) for the quarter.


YEAR ENDED ESTIMATES
  • During the year ended June 2012, there were 208 disputes, 1 less than in the year ended June 2011.
  • During the year ended June 2012, there were 293,100 working days lost compared with 159,800 in the year ended June 2011.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
September 2012 6 December 2012
December 2012 14 March 2013



REVISIONS

Revisions have been made to the December quarter 2011 Disputes Ended and Year Ended March 2012 data. These revisions are reflected in Tables 4a, 4b and 4c and the relevant time series spreadsheets.


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