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Industrial Disputes, Australia

This publication contains the quarterly estimates of employees involved and working days lost from industrial disputes

Reference period
December 2019
Released
12/03/2020

Main features

December key statistics

The Industrial Disputes release provides statistics monitoring the level of industrial disputation in Australia.

Quarterly estimates

  • 38 disputes occurred, five less from the previous quarter.
  • 8,800 employees were involved, a decrease from 17,500 in the previous quarter.
  • 12,400 working days were lost, a decrease from 17,800 in the previous quarter.
  • More than two in ten (22%) working days lost were in the Other manufacturing industry.
  • More than two in ten (29%) working days lost were in Victoria.
     

Year ended estimates

  • 147 disputes occurred, 16 less than in the previous year.
  • 64,400 working days were lost, 39% less than the previous year.
     
  QuarterYear ended
  September 2019December 2019December 2018December 2019
Number of disputes    
 Commenced in period (no.)
35
34
158
135
 Total (no.)
43
38
163
147
Employees involved    
 Newly involved ('000)
16.8
8.3
57.4
51.6
 Total ('000)
17.5
8.8
57.6
53.2
Working days lost ('000)
17.8
12.4
105.8
64.4
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Tables

1 Industrial disputes which occurred during the quarter

 Number of disputesEmployees involved 
 Commenced in periodTotalNewly involvedTotalWorking days lost
 no.no.'000'000'000
December Quarter 2017
46
67
14.7
17.1
36.7
March Quarter 2018
19
24
3.8
4.0
14.9
June Quarter 2018
42
48
14.4
14.6
12.5
September Quarter 2018
44
51
13.6
13.8
47.4
December Quarter 2018
53
62
25.6
28.8
30.9
March Quarter 2019
32
44
7.8
9.3
16.6
June Quarter 2019
34
44
18.8
20.2
17.6
September Quarter 2019
35
43
16.8
17.5
17.8
December Quarter 2019
34
38
8.3
8.8
12.4
 

2 Industrial disputes which occurred during the quarter, industry

  September Quarter 2019December Quarter 2019
  Working days lost
Working days lost per thousand employees
Working days lost
Working days lost per thousand employees
  
'000
no.
'000
no.
Mining    
 Coal mining
np
np
np
np
 Other mining
-
-
-
0.1
Manufacturing    
 Metal product etc(a)
0.2
0.5
0.8
2.5
 Other manufacturing
2.4
4.7
2.7
5.0
Construction
1.8
1.9
1.2
1.3
Transport, postal and warehousing
3.3
5.7
np
np
Education and training; Health care and social assistance
6.7
2.5
0.5
0.2
Other industries(a)
np
np
0.7
0.1
All industries
17.8
1.5
12.4
1.1
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
a. See Glossary - Industry - for details of industries included. 
 

3 Industrial disputes which occurred during the quarter, states and territories

 September Quarter 2019December Quarter 2019
 
Working days lost
Working days lost per thousand employees
Working days lost
Working days lost per thousand employees
 
'000
no.
'000
no.
New South Wales
5.5
1.5
np
np
Victoria
3.2
1.0
3.6
1.1
Queensland
2.8
1.2
2.1
0.9
South Australia
6.2
8.3
0.1
0.1
Western Australia
np
np
0.1
0.1
Tasmania
np
np
np
np
Northern Territory
-
-
np
np
Australian Capital Territory
-
-
np
np
Australia
17.8
1.5
12.4
1.1
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated 
 

4 Industrial disputes which ended during the quarter

  June Quarter 2019September Quarter 2019
  
Total Number of Disputes
Total Employees Involved
Working days Lost
Total Number of Disputes
Total Employees Involved
Working days Lost
  
no.
'000
'000
no.
'000
'000
  CAUSE OF DISPUTE    
Enterprise Bargaining (EB) related    
 Remuneration
10
3.9
2.8
10
0.5
1.2
 Employment conditions (EB)
14
3.4
8.3
17
12.8
11.3
 Other EB related
-
-
-
2
-
0.9
Non-EB related      
 Remuneration
-
-
-
-
-
-
 Employment conditions
1
np
np
1
0.5
0.1
 Health and safety
5
np
np
7
1.9
1.7
 Job security
1
0.1
-
-
-
-
 Managerial policy
1
np
np
1
-
-
 Union issues
-
-
-
-
-
-
 Other Non EB related
4
11.4
7.3
1
1.5
1.1
Total
36
20.2
19.7
39
17.2
16.3
 WORKING DAYS LOST PER EMPLOYEE INVOLVED
Up to and including 1 day
19
17.7
11.4
22
14.1
8.7
Over 1 day and up to including 2 days
10
1.7
2.4
7
2.4
4.2
Over 2 and less than 5 days
6
0.8
3.1
5
0.6
1.5
5 and less than 10 days
-
-
-
2
0.1
0.6
10 days and over
1
0.1
2.9
3
-
1.3
Total
36
20.2
19.7
39
17.2
16.3
 REASON WORK RESUMED
Negotiation without intervention of a third party
2
0.3
1.1
5
0.3
1.3
State legislation
1
0.1
0.1
1
-
-
Federal legislation
-
-
-
-
-
-
Pre-determined return to work
29
19.1
15.0
29
15.6
13.4
Resumption without negotiation
3
0.7
0.6
1
np
np
Mediation
1
0.1
2.9
3
np
np
Other reasons
-
-
-
-
-
-
Total
36
20.2
19.7
39
17.2
16.3
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated 
 

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Data downloads

Table 1: Industrial disputes which occurred during the period

Table 2a: Industrial disputes which occurred during the period, working days lost, industry

Table 2b: Industrial disputes which occurred during the period, working days lost per thousand employees, industry

Table 3a: Industrial disputes which occurred during the period, working days lost, states and territories

Table 3b: Industrial disputes which occurred during the period, working days lost per thousand employees, states and territories

Table 4a: Industrial disputes which ended during the period, cause of dispute

Table 4b: Industrial disputes which ended during the period, working days lost per employee involved

Table 4c: Industrial disputes which ended during the period, reason work resumed