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Industrial disputes cost more time in September

Posted on : Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The year to September 2017 saw fewer employees involved in industrial disputes than the previous year, but a significant lift in working days lost to those disputes, according to recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The disparity was in large part due to results from the September quarter.

 

INDICATOR

Quarter

Annual

  March

June

  Sept

Year to June 16

Year to June 17

Year to Sept 16

Year to Sept 17

Total Number of Disputes

32

47

57

264

200 (-24.2%)

285

156 (-45.3%)

Employees Involved ('000)

22.7

27.8

8.1

87.4

107.5

89.7

88.5

Working Days Lost ('000)

25.6

40.2

45.9

100.7

137.7

106.5

148.9

 

While only 8,100 employees were involved in industrial disputes in the September quarter 2017, 45,900 working days were lost - a very high ratio compared to previous quarters.

 
Note also the annual change in the year to September 2017, with 88,500 employees involved in disputes and 148,900 working days lost, compared to 89,700 employees involved in disputes in the previous year with only 106,500 working days lost.
Queensland returned to the highest number of working days lost in the September Quarter 2017 at 9,300, a 3.33% increase over the previous quarter. Victoria followed with 4,000 days lost (an 8.71% increase).

 
The coal mining industry rose to the top as the sector with the highest level of working days lost - 30,800 days, or 67.10% of the total number of working days lost to industrial disputes over the quarter. The construction industry was next with 7,700 working days lost (16.78%).

 

Causes of industrial disputation (June 16-June 17)

 

The ABS statistics set out 2 broad categories of the causes of Industrial Disputation: (a) enterprise bargaining and (b) non-enterprise bargaining - September 2017 data was not available at time of preparation of this table.

 

CAUSE

Number of disputes

Employees involved ('000)

Working days lost

 

June 2016

June 2017

June 2016

June 2017

June 2016

June 2017

1. Enterprise bargaining issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remuneration

3

4

0.4

0

0.6

0

Employment conditions

24

16

6.1

7.9

14.0

15.1

Other

0

0

0

0

0

0

Subtotal

27

20

6.5

7.9

14.6

15.1

2. Non-enterprise bargaining issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remuneration

1

0

0.1

0

0.1

0

Employment conditions

0

0

0

0

0

0

WHS

8

4

0.8

2.3

0.9

1.6

Job security

3

2

0.3

0

0.2

0

Managerial policy

2

1

0.2

0

0.2

0

Union issues

9

4

9.5

0

6.7

0

Other

2

2

3.9

14.3

3.2

9.7

Subtotal

25

13

14.8

16.6

11.3

11.3

TOTAL

52

33

21.3

24.5

25.9

26.4