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6321.0.55.001 - Industrial Disputes, Australia, Jun 2014 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/09/2014   
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JUNE KEY FIGURES

Quarter
Year ended
March 2014
June 2014
June 2013
June 2014

Number of disputes
Commenced in period (no.)
36
54
222
197
Total (no.)
37
60
226
208
Employees involved
Newly involved ('000)
5.6
19.4
124.5
100.5
Total ('000)
5.7
19.9
126.6
101.5
Working days lost ('000)
9.7
20.2
207.6
88.9


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JUNE KEY POINTS


QUARTERLY ESTIMATES
  • In June quarter 2014, there were 60 disputes, 23 more than in March quarter 2014.
  • The number of employees involved in industrial disputes in June quarter 2014 was 19,900, an increase from 5,700 in March quarter 2014.
  • There were 20,200 working days lost due to industrial disputation in June quarter 2014, an increase from 9,700 in March quarter 2014 which recorded the lowest working days lost since June quarter 2007.
  • The combined Education and training and Health care and social assistance industries (9,800) accounted for 48% of working days lost in June quarter 2014.
  • Western Australia (8,400) had the highest number of working days lost of any state or territory in June quarter 2014, accounting for 41% of total working days lost. Western Australia also had the highest number of working days lost per thousand employees (6.8) for the quarter.


YEAR ENDED ESTIMATES
  • During the year ended June 2014, there were 208 disputes, 18 fewer than the year ended June 2013.
  • Over the same period, there were 88,900 working days lost, 57% fewer than in the year ended June 2013 (207,600).


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
September 2014
December 2014
4 December 2014
12 March 2015



REVIEW OF INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES STATISTICS

The ABS has conducted a review of the Industrial Disputes statistics presented in this publication. Since the last comprehensive review in 1999 there have been a number of changes to industrial relations legislation and, more generally, the structure of the labour market and nature of working arrangements have also changed considerably. An important element of the review was to understand the contemporary and potential future data requirements of users. The first phase of the review has been completed and the recommendations were discussed at the ABS Labour Statistics Advisory Group on 22 November 2013. The ABS is now investigating the operational impacts of implementing the recommendations. Once the outcomes from the operational phase are finalised, information about any changes to the Industrial Disputes statistics will be communicated to users, primarily through notes in this publication.

If you would like further information about the review, please contact Manpreet Singh on (08) 9360 5916.


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