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6321.0.55.001 - Industrial Disputes, Australia, Sep 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/12/2006   
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Quarter
Year ended
June 2006
September 2006
September 2005
September 2006

Number of disputes
Commenced in period (no.)
r21
39
520
243
Total (no.)
r24
43
527
255
Employees involved
Newly involved ('000)
r37.6
6.2
168.0
164.8
Total ('000)
r37.7
6.5
172.0
165.4
Working days lost ('000)
r28.2
20.2
199.2
159.4

r revised

Working days lost
Graph: Working days lost



SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


QUARTERLY ESTIMATES
  • For the September quarter 2006, there were 43 disputes, 19 more than in the June quarter 2006.
  • The number of employees involved in industrial disputes in the September quarter 2006 was 6,500, a decrease from 37,700 in the June quarter 2006.
  • There were 20,200 working days lost due to industrial disputation in the September quarter 2006, a decrease from 28,200 in the June quarter 2006.
  • The Metal product and Machinery and equipment manufacturing industries accounted for 10,700 (53%) of the total number of working days lost in the September quarter 2006. The Coal mining industry had the highest number of working days lost per thousand employees (38.5) for the quarter.
  • In the September quarter 2006, Victoria accounted for 12,600 (62%) of working days lost. The Australian Capital Territory had the highest number of working days lost per thousand employees (15.4) for the quarter.


YEAR ENDED ESTIMATES
  • During the year ended September 2006, there were 255 disputes, 272 less than in the year ended September 2005.
  • During the year ended September 2006, there were 159,400 working days lost compared with 199,200 in the year ended September 2005.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
December 2006 15 March 2007
March 2007 7 June 2007



REVISIONS

Revisions have been made to the quarterly series as a result of disputes being identified after the release of the previous issue and as a result of correcting errors in previously reported data.



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TABLES


1. Industrial disputes which occurred during the quarter

Number of disputes
Employees involved
Commenced in period
Total
Newly involved
Total
Working days lost
no.
no.
'000
'000
'000

September Quarter 2004
188
194
56.0
56.2
93.3
December Quarter 2004
142
149
29.6
33.6
51.9
March Quarter 2005
109
119
20.3
20.8
45.1
June Quarter 2005
125
138
50.1
53.4
52.8
September Quarter 2005
144
150
68.1
68.4
49.3
December Quarter 2005
84
96
102.1
102.6
81.0
March Quarter 2006
99
101
18.9
19.0
30.1
June Quarter 2006
r21
r24
r37.6
r37.7
r28.2
September Quarter 2006
39
43
6.2
6.5
20.2

r revised

2. Industrial disputes which occurred during the quarter, Industry

June Quarter 2006
September Quarter 2006
Working days lost
Working days lost per thousand employees
Working days lost
Working days lost per thousand employees
'000
'000

Mining
Coal mining
1.4
48.1
1.2
38.5
Other
0.7
6.6
0.5
5.3
Manufacturing
Metal product; Machinery and equipment
5.0
13.2
10.7
28.5
Other
r0.8
r1.4
1.6
2.7
Construction
4.6
7.6
1.0
1.6
Transport and storage; Communication services
0.5
0.8
0.5
0.9
Education; Health and community services
14.0
8.2
2.4
1.4
Other industries
1.1
0.2
2.2
0.5
All industries
r28.2
r3.2
20.2
2.3

r revised

3. Industrial disputes which occurred during the quarter, States and territories

June Quarter 2006
September Quarter 2006
Working days lost
Working days lost per thousand employees
Working days lost
Working days lost per thousand employees
'000
'000

New South Wales
16.5
5.7
3.5
1.2
Victoria
r8.2
r3.7
12.6
5.7
Queensland
0.5
0.3
0.4
0.2
South Australia
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.7
Western Australia
1.1
1.2
0.2
0.3
Tasmania
-
-
0.2
0.9
Northern Territory
0.5
5.9
0.1
0.7
Australian Capital Territory
1.2
6.7
2.7
15.4
Australia
r28.2
r3.2
20.2
2.3

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
r revised

4. Industrial disputes which ended during the quarter(a)

March Quarter 2006
June Quarter 2006
Number of Disputes
Employees Involved
Working days Lost
Number of Disputes
Employees Involved
Working days Lost
no.
'000
'000
no.
'000
'000

CAUSE OF DISPUTE

Enterprise Bargaining (EB) related
Remuneration
19
8.9
12.4
3
5.1
5.1
Employment conditions
7
1.5
2.2
-
-
-
Other EB related
3
1.2
8.6
np
-
-
Non-EB related
Remuneration
3
0.8
0.3
-
-
-
Employment conditions
9
0.7
0.5
-
-
-
Health and safety
13
1.4
2.0
3
0.4
0.8
Job security
12
1.3
0.6
np
0.1
0.1
Managerial policy
30
2.6
7.6
8
1.6
1.8
Union issues
np
0.2
1.0
np
0.2
0.2
Other non-EB related
np
0.4
0.2
np
33.1
23.0
Total
100
19.0
35.4
20
40.5
30.9

WORKING DAYS LOST PER EMPLOYEE INVOLVED

Up to and including 1 day
60
10.1
6.0
15
34.2
23.6
Over 1 day and up to including 2 days
21
7.0
8.0
np
6.0
6.5
Over 2 and less than 5 days
13
0.9
2.7
np
0.3
0.8
5 and less than 10 days
np
0.2
1.7
-
-
-
10 days and over
np
0.7
17.1
-
-
-
Total
100
19.0
35.4
20
40.5
30.9

REASON WORK RESUMED

Negotiation without intervention of a third party
22
2.1
6.6
3
0.2
0.2
State legislation
13
1.4
1.1
-
-
-
Federal legislation
15
2.1
3.0
5
0.5
0.6
Pre-determined return to work
12
2.3
2.4
np
0.1
0.1
Resumption without negotiation
30
10.2
21.5
8
34.4
24.3
Mediation
8
0.8
0.8
np
5.3
5.8
Other reasons
-
-
-
-
-
-
Total
100
19.0
35.4
20
40.5
30.9

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
(a) See Explanatory Notes, paragraph 12


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