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6321.0.55.001 - Industrial Disputes, Australia, Sep 2014 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/12/2014   
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Quarter
Year ended
June 2014
September 2014
September 2013
September 2014

Number of disputes
Commenced in period (no.)
54
45
212
188
Total (no.)
60
55
220
193
Employees involved
Newly involved ('000)
19.4
18.5
89.4
100.4
Total ('000)
19.9
18.9
102.4
100.8
Working days lost ('000)
20.2
24.6
120.6
90.6


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SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


QUARTERLY ESTIMATES
  • In September quarter 2014, there were 55 disputes, five fewer than in June quarter 2014.
  • The number of employees involved in industrial disputes in September quarter 2014 was 18,900, a decrease from 19,900 in June quarter 2014.
  • There were 24,600 working days lost due to industrial disputation in September quarter 2014, an increase from 20,200 in June quarter 2014.
  • The Construction industry (13,700) accounted for 56% of total working days lost in the September quarter 2014.
  • Queensland (12,300) had the highest number of working days lost of any state or territory in September quarter 2014, accounting for 50% of total working days lost. Queensland also had the highest number of working days lost per thousand employees (5.9) for the quarter.


YEAR ENDED ESTIMATES
  • During the year ended September 2014, there were 193 disputes, 27 fewer than the year ended September 2013.
  • Over the same period, there were 90,600 working days lost, 25% fewer than in the year ended September 2013 (120,600).


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
December 2014 12 March 2015
March 2015 4 June 2015



REVIEW OF INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES STATISTICS

The ABS has conducted a review of the Industrial Disputes statistics presented in this publication. Since the last comprehensive review in 1999 there have been a number of changes to industrial relations legislation and, more generally, the structure of the labour market and nature of working arrangements have also changed considerably. An important element of the review was to understand the contemporary and potential future data requirements of users. The ABS has completed an assessment of the operational impact of implementing the recommendations from the 2013 Conceptual Review and the findings have been circulated to the ABS Labour Statistics Advisory Group for consideration. The ABS will outline future directions for the Industrial Disputes statistics in the December quarter 2014 issue.

If you would like further information about the review, please contact Manpreet Singh on (08) 9360 5916.

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