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Mixed Dispute Indicators for December 2016 Quarter

Posted on : Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Australian Bureau of Statistics' release of industrial disputation data shows a mixed pattern of indicators. On a Quarterly basis, the pattern ranged from a lowering of the number of industrial disputes since the last Quarter, to an increase in industrial disputation in the Construction Industry and in Queensland. However, the Annual Data shows a different picture.

 

ANNUAL DATA:During the year ended December 2016, 259 disputes had occurred - 31 more than the year ended December 2015 (228). Over the 12 month period, there were 124,500 working days lost compared to 83,400 in the year ended December 2015, with 105,900 Employees involved, compared with 73,300 in December 2015.

 

QUARTERLY DATA:

  • Working Days Lost: There were 37,200 working days lost in the December Quarter - 6.6% more than in the September Quarter 2016 (34,900) - an increase of 2,300. This compared to the December 2015 Quarter (19,100) - an increase of 18,100 (94.76%) on a Quarter-to-Quarter comparison.
  • Total Employees involved: The number of employees involved in industrial disputation in December 2016 was 37,500 - an increase from 11,200 (September Quarter 2016).

 

STATE and TERRITORY DATA: Queensland (21,200) continued to have had the highest number of working days lost in the December Quarter 2016 (55.88% increase over the previous Quarter or 56.99% of total working days lost, almost the same proportion as the September 2016 Quarter), joined by NSW (7,600 or 20.4%) and Victoria (5,800 or 15.6%).

 

INDUSTRIES: the Construction Industry continued to experience the highest level of working days lost with 15,800 (42.5% of the total, 37,200) - up from 14,500 or 9% in the Sept. Quarter.


CAUSES OF INDUSTRIAL DISPUTATION (September 2015 - September 2016)
The ABS statistics set out 2 broad categories of the causes of Industrial Disputation: (a) Enterprise Bargaining and (b) non-Enterprise Bargaining. The following Table provides a comparison of the respective causes.  (NOTE: December comparisons/definitions are not available).

  

CAUSE

Number of Disputes

Employees Involved ('000)

Working Days Lost

 

Sept. 2015

Sept. 2016

Sept. 2015

Sept. 2016

Sept. 2015

Sept. 2016

  1. Enterprise Bargaining issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remuneration

7

5

0.4

0.2

1.0

0.6

Employment Conditions

26

32

9.4

0.7

23.9

11.7

Other

2

0

0.3

0

0.2

0

Sub-Total

35

33

10.1

10.9

25.1

12.3

  1. Non-Enterprise Bargaining Issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remuneration

0

3

0

0.3

0

0.4

Employment Conditions

2

2

0

0

0

0

WHS

10

29

2.6

3.7

4.0

5.6

Job Security

6

3

0.8

0

2.7

0

Managerial Policy

6

4

0.7

0.5

0.8

0.2

Union Issues

5

6

0

8.1

0

6.3

Other

0

1

0

0.1

0

0

Sub-Total

29

48

4.1

12.7

7.5

12.5

TOTAL

64

81

14.2

23.6

32.6

24.8