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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002  
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There were 239 industrial disputes in the manufacturing industry in calendar year 2000. These disputes involved 62,000 employees and resulted in the loss of over 146,000 working days (table 19.12). Compared with 1999, this represented a rise of almost 15% in the number of disputes. This is the third successive year that the number of industrial disputes in the manufacturing industry has risen. However, the number of manufacturing employees involved in industrial disputes in 2000 fell markedly (by 46%) from the number in 1999, and this was also reflected by a fall (of 21%) in the number of working days lost.

The manufacturing industry accounted for 34% of all industrial disputes during 2000, compared with 28% in 1999. Manufacturing industry employees involved in industrial disputes made up 19% of all employees involved in disputes during 2000, compared to 25% for 1999 and only 12% experienced in 1998. Working days lost due to manufacturing industrial disputes accounted for 31% of all working days lost during 2000, representing only a small increase on the 28% share recorded in 1999, but substantially higher than the 1998 share (18%).


19.12 INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES

Year
Manufacturing
All industries

TOTAL INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES (no.)

1996
112
543
1997
78
447
1998
125
519
1999
208
731
2000
239
698

EMPLOYEES INVOLVED DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY (’000)

1996
48.8
577.7
1997
65.8
310.1
1998
41.2
348.4
1999
113.9
461.1
2000
62.0
325.4

WORKING DAYS LOST (’000)

1996
103.5
928.5
1997
145.6
534.2
1998
95.3
526.3
1999
184.5
650.5
2000
146.2
469.1

Source: Industrial Disputes, Australia (6322.0).


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