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The number of working days lost due to industrial disputes was 329,300 in the 12 months to June 2002. This was the lowest number for a financial year for many decades and continues the historically low levels recorded over the last 10 years.
An industrial dispute is defined as a withdrawal from work by a group of employees, or a refusal by an employer or a number of employers to permit some or all of their employees to work, each withdrawal or refusal being made in order to enforce a demand, to resist a demand, or to express a grievance.
Industrial disputes statistics relate to disputes which involved stoppages of work of ten working days or more at the locations where the stoppages occurred. Ten working days is equivalent to the amount of ordinary time worked by ten people in one day, regardless of the length of the stoppage. For example, 3,000 workers on strike for 2 hours would be counted as 750 working days lost (assuming they work an 8 hour day).
Statistics on industrial disputes are used by government departments, industrial relations authorities, employer organisations, and trade unions, as broad indicators of the level of industrial disputation and the development of industrial relations policy.
Industrial Disputes, Australia (6321.0)
Provides estimates of number of disputes, employees involved, working days lost, and working days lost per thousand employees in disputes involving stoppages of work of ten working days or more, classified by State and Territory and Industry, duration of dispute, cause of dispute and method of settlement.