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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
September 2019
Released
5/12/2019

Main features

September key statistics

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

Quarterly estimates

  • 43 disputes occurred, one less from the previous quarter.
  • 17,500 employees were involved, a decrease from 20,200 in the previous quarter.
  • 17,800 working days were lost, a slight increase from 17,600 in the previous quarter.
  • More than three in ten (38%) working days lost were in the Education and training; Health care and social assistance industry.
  • More than three in ten (35%) working days lost were in South Australia.
     

Year ended estimates

  • 163 disputes occurred, 9 less than in the previous year.
  • 82,900 working days were lost, 26% less than the previous year.
     
 QuarterYear ended
June 2019September 2019September 2018September 2019
Number of disputes    
 Commenced in period (no.)
34
35
151
154
 Total (no.)
44
43
172
163
Employees involved    
 Newly involved ('000)
18.8
16.8
46.5
69.0
 Total ('000)
20.2
17.5
48.9
72.2
Working days lost ('000)
17.6
17.8
111.6
82.9
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Tables

1 Industrial disputes which occured during the quarter

 Number of disputesEmployees involved 
Commenced in periodTotalNewly involvedTotalWorking days lost
no.no.'000'000'000
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
September Quarter 2019
35
43
16.8
17.5
17.8

2 Industrial disputes which occured during the quarter, industry

 June Quarter 2019September 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)
np
np
0.2
0.5
 Other manufacturing
np
np
2.4
4.7
Construction
9.9
10.5
1.8
1.9
Transport, postal and warehousing
1.3
2.4
3.3
5.7
Education and training; Health care and social assistance
1.1
0.4
6.7
2.5
Other industries(a)
3.7
0.6
np
np
All industries
17.6
1.5
17.8
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

 June Quarter 2019September Quarter 2019
Working days lostWorking days lost per thousand employeesWorking days lostWorking days lost per thousand employees
'000no.'000no.
New South Wales
3.4
0.9
5.5
1.5
Victoria
7.8
2.5
3.2
1.0
Queensland
5.2
2.3
2.8
1.2
South Australia
np
np
6.2
8.3
Western Australia
np
np
np
np
Tasmania
1.0
4.4
np
np
Northern Territory
np
np
-
-
Australian Capital Territory
np
np
-
-
Australia
17.6
1.5
17.8
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

 March Quarter 2019June 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
7
1.1
4.5
10
3.9
2.8
 Employment conditions (EB)
16
2.2
6.2
14
3.4
8.3
 Other EB related
-
-
-
-
-
-
Non-EB related      
 Remuneration
1
np
np
-
-
-
 Employment conditions
-
-
-
1
np
np
 Health and safety
9
4.3
6.3
5
np
np
 Job security
-
-
-
1
0.1
-
 Managerial policy
-
-
-
1
np
np
 Union issues
1
np
np
-
-
-
 Other Non EB related
-
-
-
4
11.4
7.3
Total
34
7.6
17.0
36
20.2
19.7
WORKING DAYS LOST PER EMPLOYEE INVOLVED
Up to and including 1 day
14
4.9
3.4
19
17.7
11.4
Over 1 day and up to including 2 days
6
0.9
1.7
10
1.7
2.4
Over 2 and less than 5 days
7
0.9
2.7
6
0.8
3.1
5 and less than 10 days
4
0.7
5.2
-
-
-
10 days and over
3
0.2
4.0
1
0.1
2.9
Total
34
7.6
17.0
36
20.2
19.7
REASON WORK RESUMED
Negotiation without intervention of a third party
4
np
np
2
0.3
1.1
State legislation
-
-
-
1
0.1
0.1
Federal legislation
2
0.4
3.3
-
-
-
Pre-determined return to work
22
3.1
8.9
29
19.1
15.0
Resumption without negotiation
5
0.5
0.4
3
0.7
0.6
Mediation
1
np
np
1
0.1
2.9
Other reasons
-
-
-
-
-
-
Total
34
7.6
17.0
36
20.2
19.7
- 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