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Industrial disputation decreases in March quarter

Posted on : Friday, 15 June 2018

The Australian Bureau of Statistics' latest release of industrial disputation data shows a significant decrease across a number of indicators in industrial disputation in the last quarter.

 

 

INDICATORS

Quarter: 2017 - 2018

Annual - comparison

 

Sept.

 

Dec.

 

March

Year ended Dec. 2016

Year ended Dec. 2017

Year ended March 2017

Year ended March 2018

Total Number of Disputes

57

67

23

259

159 (-38.6%)

214

156 (- 27.1%)

Employees Involved ('000)

8.1

17.1

4.0

105.9

66.5

104.8

52.7

Working Days Lost ('000)

45.9

36.7

14.9

124.5

148.4

122.2

137.7

 

In noting that the indicator relationship trend in the September quarter 2017, the March quarter 2018 saw 4,000 employees involved in 23 disputes (a decrease of 44 from the previous quarter) as well as a drop in working days lost of 14,900.
Note also the annual change in March 2018, with 52,700 employees involved in 137,700 working days lost versus 66,500 employees with 148,400 working days lost 12 months previously.


Queensland (7,100 - decrease of 31% but still 47.7% of the national quarterly total) experienced the highest level of industrial disputation. Queensland was joined by Victoria (3,400) and WA (3,400). While NSW in the December quarter experienced the highest level (20,900), in March 2018, it did not experience any recorded working days lost.


The coal mining industry continued the trend over the last three quarters of the highest level of working days lost - 6,600 - down from 20,700 in the previous quarter (or 44.3% of the total number of working days lost). The construction industry was next in March 2018 with 3,200 working days lost (21.5%).


Causes of industrial disputation (June 2017 - December 2017)

 

The ABS statistics set out two broad categories of the causes of industrial disputation: (a) enterprise bargaining and (b) non-enterprise bargaining - March 2018 data not available.

 


CAUSE

Number of Disputes

Employees Involved ('000)

Working Days Lost

 

June 2017

Sept. 2017

Dec. 2017

June 2017

Sept. 2017

Dec. 2017

June 2017

Sept. 2017

Dec. 2017

  1. Enterprise Bargaining issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remuneration

4

4

14

0

0

1

0

0

2.0

Employment Conditions

15

20

35

7.9

3.0

11.1

15.1

16.2

49.6

Other

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sub-Total

19

24

49

7.9

3.0

12.1

15.1

16.2

51.6

  1. Non-Enterprise Bargaining Issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remuneration

1

1

1

0

0.3

0

0

0.1

0

Employment Conditions

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WHS

4

4

4

2.3

0.7

1.1

1.6

0.7

1.2

Job Security

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Managerial Policy

1

3

1

0

0

0.1

0

0

0.1

Union Issues

4

2

2

0

0

0.2

0

0

0.2

Other

2

0

4

14.3

0

3.4

9.7

0

2.1

Sub-Total

14

12

13

16.6

1.0

4.8

11.3

0.8

3.6

TOTAL

33

36

62

24.5

4.0

16.9

26.4

17.0

54.2