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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2003  
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There were 221 industrial disputes in the manufacturing industry in calendar year 2001. These disputes involved 89,800 employees and resulted in the loss of over 195,400 working days (table 19.14). Compared with 2000, this represented a decrease of 7.5% in the number of disputes. This is the first decline in the number of industrial disputes in the manufacturing industry in four years. However, the number of manufacturing employees involved in industrial disputes in 2001 increased markedly (by 44.8%) from the number in 2000, and this was also reflected by an increase (of 33.7%) in the number of working days lost.

The manufacturing industry accounted for 32.7% of all industrial disputes during 2001, compared with 34.2% in 2000. Manufacturing industry employees involved in industrial disputes made up 39.8% of all employees involved in disputes during 2001, compared with 19.1% for 2000. Working days lost due to manufacturing industrial disputes accounted for 49.7% of all working days lost during 2001, representing a large increase on the 31.2% share recorded in 2000.


19.14 INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES

Manufacturing
All industries

TOTAL INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES (no.)

1997
78
447
1998
125
519
1999
208
731
2000
239
698
2001
221
675

EMPLOYEES INVOLVED DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY (’000)

1997
65.8
310.1
1998
41.2
348.4
1999
113.9
461.1
2000
62.0
325.4
2001
89.8
225.7

WORKING DAYS LOST (’000)

1997
145.7
534.2
1998
95.2
526.3
1999
184.6
650.6
2000
146.2
469.1
2001
195.4
393.1

Source: Industrial Disputes, Australia (6321.0); ABS data available on request, Industrial Disputes Collection.


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