1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/01/2002
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Of the 698 industrial disputes in Australia during 2000, 221 (32%) affected the construction industry (table 20.22). These disputes involved (either directly or indirectly) 58,300 construction industry employees and resulted in the loss of 108,800 working days. This represents 23% of the total number of working days lost due to all industrial disputes in Australia in 2000.
The level of industrial disputes in the construction industry has moderated in recent years (graph 20.23). The number of disputes rose markedly in the mid 1990s after a period of relatively low disputation in the early 1990s.
Table 20.24 shows that in 2000 the construction industry recorded an average of 234 working days lost per thousand employees, almost four times the average of 61 across all industries combined. Victoria, West Australia and South Australia were the most affected, with 503, 362 and 332 working days lost per thousand construction industry employees, respectively. Tasmania reported little or no strike activity in the construction industry in 2000.