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6321.0.55.001 - Industrial Disputes, Australia, Dec 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/03/2005   
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DECEMBER QUARTER 2004 KEY POINTS


QUARTERLY ESTIMATES

  • For the December quarter 2004, there were 148 disputes, 46 less than in the September quarter 2004.
  • The number of employees involved in industrial disputes decreased from 56,200 in the September quarter 2004 to 33,600 in the December quarter 2004.
  • There were 51,900 working days lost due to industrial disputation in the December quarter 2004, a decrease of 41,400 from the September quarter 2004.
  • The Construction industry accounted for 29,900 (58%) of the total number of working days lost in the December quarter 2004. The Construction industry also had the highest number of working days lost per thousand employees (52.8) for the quarter.
  • In the December quarter 2004, Victoria accounted for 18,800 (36%) of working days lost. Western Australia had the highest number of working days lost per thousand employees (20.1) for the quarter.


YEAR ENDED ESTIMATES
  • During the year ended December 2004, there were 691 disputes, 48 more than in the year ended December 2003.
  • During the year ended December 2004, there were 379,800 working days lost, 59,600 less than in the year ended December 2003.

Working days lost
Graph: Working days lost

DECEMBER QUARTER 2004 KEY FIGURES

Quarter
Year ended
September Quarter 2004
December Quarter 2004
December 2003
December 2004

Number of disputes
Commenced in period (no.)
r188
141
634
681
Total (no.)
r194
148
643
691
Employees involved
Newly involved ('000)
56.0
29.6
274.6
193.3
Total ('000)
56.2
33.6
275.6
194.0
Working days lost ('000)
93.3
51.9
439.4
379.8

r revised

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

December Quarter 2002
181
198
37.7
41.1
69.6
March Quarter 2003
153
162
29.2
30.1
66.3
June Quarter 2003
129
141
26.2
29.7
55.5
September Quarter 2003
180
193
104.4
107.9
166.2
December Quarter 2003
172
187
114.9
116.3
151.5
March Quarter 2004
177
187
44.6
45.2
80.4
June Quarter 2004
175
190
63.2
65.0
154.2
September Quarter 2004
r188
r194
56.0
56.2
93.3
December Quarter 2004
141
148
29.6
33.6
51.9

r revised

2. Industrial disputes which occurred during the quarter, Industry

September Quarter 2004
December Quarter 2004
Working days lost
Working days lost per thousand employees
Working days lost
Working days lost per thousand employees
'000
'000

Mining
Coal mining
4.4
235.5
0.2
11.0
Other
0.5
7.3
2.7
33.7
Manufacturing
Metal product; Machinery and equipment
9.7
27.5
4.5
13.2
Other
1.1
1.6
8.9
13.5
Construction
36.9
71.1
29.9
52.8
Transport and storage; Communication services
2.3
4.3
2.7
4.8
Education; Health and community services
5.9
3.7
1.9
1.2
Other industries
32.5
7.2
1.1
0.2
All industries
93.3
11.3
51.9
6.1

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

September Quarter 2004
December Quarter 2004
Working days lost
Working days lost per thousand employees
Working days lost
Working days lost per thousand employees
'000
'000

New South Wales
37.8
14.0
10.9
3.9
Victoria
26.8
12.8
18.8
8.7
Queensland
8.2
5.1
4.2
2.5
South Australia
1.1
1.8
0.7
1.1
Western Australia
16.6
20.6
17.1
20.1
Tasmania
1.2
6.4
0.1
0.4
Northern Territory
1.6
18.4
0.2
1.9
Australian Capital Territory
0.1
0.5
-
0.2
Australia
93.3
11.3
51.9
6.1

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)

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

June Quarter 2004
September Quarter 2004
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
13
87.4
215.9
26
7.1
19.5
Employment conditions (EB)
14
3.6
5.9
5
11.1
12.0
Other EB related
5
2.9
3.4
11
5.0
7.9
Non-EB related
Remuneration
12
1.9
2.6
13
2.1
3.6
Employment conditions
9
1.4
1.9
6
0.7
1.2
Health and safety
49
9.6
12.4
76
16.3
16.8
Job security
13
5.8
2.7
5
6.8
23.7
Managerial policy
36
4.6
5.6
26
2.6
2.8
Union issues
22
7.3
3.3
14
3.3
4.8
Other non-EB related
11
4.5
2.9
5
5.3
3.3
Total
184
129.0
256.5
187
60.3
95.5

WORKING DAYS LOST PER EMPLOYEE INVOLVED

Up to and including 1 day
110
37.3
21.8
104
39.7
26.7
Over 1 day and up to and including 2 days
46
14.7
21.3
39
8.9
12.8
Over 2 and less than 5 days
23
76.4
210.2
33
10.4
36.6
5 and less than 10 days
np
0.6
3.1
7
1.1
7.3
10 days and over
np
-
0.1
4
0.3
12.1
Total
184
129.0
256.5
187
60.3
95.5

REASON WORK RESUMED

Negotiation without intervention of a third party
42
8.9
11.9
42
7.1
11.8
State legislation
np
0.9
1.1
16
1.8
1.9
Federal legislation
23
3.6
7.9
26
8.7
36.2
Pre-determined return to work
26
92.3
215.8
25
29.0
24.2
Resumption without negotiation
76
22.3
17.2
66
12.2
13.1
Mediation
10
1.1
2.6
np
1.0
2.0
Other reasons
np
0.1
-
np
0.4
6.3
Total
184
129.0
256.5
187
60.3
95.5

- 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

NOTES

INTRODUCTION

This publication presents quarterly statistics on industrial disputes in Australia, obtained from the Industrial Disputes collection.


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.


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Peta Sheehan on Perth (08) 9360 5159. As well as the statistics included in this publication, other data from the Industrial Disputes collection are available either as time series spreadsheets (see links below) or, on request, as customised reports. If you wish to discuss individual requests please telephone Peta Sheehan.


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