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6321.0 - Industrial Disputes, Australia, Aug 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/11/2003   
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KEY FIGURES



12 months
Jul
Aug
ended
2003
2003
Aug 2003

Number of disputes
62
70
656
Number of employees involved ('000)
r51.2
13.8
166.0
Working days lost ('000)
r43.1
25.7
274.7
Working days lost per thousand employees
. .
. .
34

r revised
. . not applicable
Working days lost
Graph - Working days lost

KEY POINTS


MONTHLY ESTIMATES
  • During August 2003, there were 70 disputes, 8 more than July 2003.
  • The number of employees involved in industrial disputes decreased from 51,200 in July 2003 to 13,800 in August 2003.
  • There were 25,700 working days lost due to industrial disputation in August 2003, a decrease of 17,400 from July 2003.
  • The Construction industry accounted for 9,900 (39%) of the total number of working days lost in August 2003.
  • In August 2003, Victoria accounted for 17,100 (67%) of working days lost.

ANNUAL ESTIMATES
  • During the twelve months ended August 2003, there were 656 disputes, 56 less than in the twelve months ended August 2002.
  • During the twelve months ended August 2003, there were 274,700 working days lost, 4,800 less than in the twelve months ended August 2002.
  • The Coal mining industry had the highest number of working days lost per thousand employees (400) in the twelve months ended August 2003.
  • Victoria had the highest number of working days lost per thousand employees (53) in the twelve months ended August 2003, followed by Western Australia (51).


NOTES


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

Revisions have been made to the monthly series as a result of disputes being identified after the release of the previous issue and as a result of correcting errors in previously reported data.


ABBREVIATIONS

ABSAustralian Bureau of Statistics
ANZSICAustralian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification


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