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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
June 2019
Released
5/09/2019

Main features

June key statistics

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

Quarterly estimates

  • 44 disputes occurred, no change from the previous quarter.
  • 20,200 employees were involved, an increase from 9,300 in the previous quarter.
  • 17,600 working days were lost, an increase from 16,600 in the previous quarter.
  • More than five in ten (56%) working days lost were in the Construction industry.
  • More than four in ten (44%) working days lost were in Victoria.
     

Year ended estimates

  • 170 disputes occurred, 6 more than in the previous year.
  • 112,500 working days were lost, 2% more than the previous year.
     
  QuarterYear ended
  March 2019June 2019June 2018June 2019
Number of disputes    
 Commenced in period (no.)
32
34
147
163
 Total (no.)
44
44
164
170
Employees involved    
 Newly involved ('000)
7.8
18.8
39.2
65.8
 Total ('000)
9.3
20.2
41.0
66.0
Working days lost ('000)
16.6
17.6
110.0
112.5
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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
June Quarter 2017
41
49
22.7
27.8
40.2
September Quarter 2017
40
57
6.3
8.1
45.9
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

2 Industrial disputes which occurred during the quarter, industry

  March Quarter 2019June Quarter 2019
  Working days lostWorking days lost per thousand employeesWorking days lostWorking days lost per thousand employees
  '000no.'000no.
Mining    
 Coal mining
np
np
-
-
 Other mining
-
-
-
-
Manufacturing    
 Metal product etc(a)
1.0
3.5
np
np
 Other manufacturing
np
np
np
np
Construction
4.9
5.3
9.9
10.5
Transport, postal and warehousing
7.2
12.1
1.3
2.4
Education and training; Health care and social assistance
0.1
0.1
1.1
0.4
Other industries(a)
2.9
0.5
3.7
0.6
All industries
16.6
1.4
17.6
1.5
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
a. See Glossary - Industry - for details of industries included.
 

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

 March Quarter 2019June Quarter 2019
 Working days lostWorking days lost per thousand employeesWorking days lostWorking days lost per thousand employees
 '000no.'000no.
New South Wales
10.5
2.8
3.4
0.9
Victoria
2.3
0.8
7.8
2.5
Queensland
2.7
1.2
5.2
2.3
South Australia
np
np
np
np
Western Australia
np
np
np
np
Tasmania
0.2
0.9
1.0
4.4
Northern Territory
-
0.1
np
np
Australian Capital Territory
-
0.1
np
np
Australia
16.6
1.4
17.6
1.5
- 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

  December Quarter 2018March Quarter 2019
  Total Number of DisputesTotal Employees InvolvedWorking days LostTotal Number of DisputesTotal Employees InvolvedWorking days Lost
  no.'000'000no.'000'000
 CAUSE OF DISPUTE 
Enterprise Bargaining (EB) related      
 Remuneration
14
np
np
7
1.1
4.5
 Employment conditions (EB)
26
12.9
11.5
16
2.2
6.2
 Other EB related
-
-
-
-
-
-
Non-EB related      
 Remuneration
-
-
-
1
np
np
 Employment conditions
2
np
np
-
-
-
 Health and safety
2
0.1
0.1
9
4.3
6.3
 Job security
3
np
np
-
-
-
 Managerial policy
-
-
-
-
-
-
 Union issues
-
-
-
1
np
np
 Other Non EB related
2
11.4
7.6
-
-
-
Total
49
27.0
28.8
34
7.6
17.0
 
WORKING DAYS LOST PER EMPLOYEE INVOLVED 
Up to and including 1 day
28
24.0
14.6
14
4.9
3.4
Over 1 day and up to including 2 days
8
np
np
6
0.9
1.7
Over 2 and less than 5 days
4
0.6
1.6
7
0.9
2.7
5 and less than 10 days
3
np
np
4
0.7
5.2
10 days and over
6
0.3
5.0
3
0.2
4.0
Total
49
27.0
28.8
34
7.6
17.0
 
REASON WORK RESUMED 
Negotiation without intervention of a third party
8
1.4
8.8
4
np
np
State legislation
-
-
-
-
-
-
Federal legislation
-
-
-
2
0.4
3.3
Pre-determined return to work
37
25.5
19.9
22
3.1
8.9
Resumption without negotiation
2
np
np
5
0.5
0.4
Mediation
2
np
np
1
np
np
Other reasons
-
-
-
-
-
-
Total
49
27.0
28.8
34
7.6
17.0
- 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