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Industrial Disputes, Australia

This publication contains the quarterly estimates of employees involved and working days lost from industrial disputes

Reference period
March Quarter 2020

Main features

March key statistics

  • The Industrial Disputes release provides statistics monitoring the level of industrial disputation in Australia.
     

Quarterly estimates

  • 22 disputes occurred, 16 fewer than the previous quarter.
  • 4,000 employees were involved, a decrease from 8,800 in the previous quarter.
  • 3,900 working days were lost, a decrease from 12,400 in the previous quarter.
  • More than six in ten (64%) working days lost were in the Transport, postal and warehousing industry.
  • More than five in ten (51%) working days lost were in Victoria.
     

Year ended estimates

  • 129 disputes occurred, 48 less than in the previous year.
  • 51,700 working days were lost, 52% less than the previous year.
     
  QuarterYear ended
  
December 2019
March 2020
March 2019
March 2020
Number of disputes    
 Commenced in period (no.)
34
16
171
119
 Total (no.)
38
22
177
129
Employees involved    
 Newly involved ('000)
8.3
2.9
61.4
46.6
 Total ('000)
8.8
4.0
61.7
48.3
Working days lost ('000)
12.4
3.9
107.4
51.7
   
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1 Industrial disputes which occurred during the quarter

 Number of disputesEmployees involved 
 Commenced in periodTotalNewly involvedTotalWorking days lost
 
no.
no.
'000
'000
'000
March Quarter 2018
19
24
3.8
4.0
14.9
June Quarter 2018
42
48
14.4
14.6
12.5
September Quarter 2018
44
51
13.6
13.8
47.4
December Quarter 2018
53
62
25.6
28.8
30.9
March Quarter 2019
32
44
7.8
9.3
16.6
June Quarter 2019
34
44
18.8
20.2
17.6
September Quarter 2019
35
43
16.8
17.5
17.8
December Quarter 2019
34
38
8.3
8.8
12.4
March Quarter 2020
16
22
2.9
4.0
3.9
   

2 Industrial disputes which occurred during the quarter, industry

  December Quarter 2019March Quarter 2020
  Working days lostWorking days lost per thousand employeesWorking days lostWorking days lost per thousand employees
  
'000
no.
'000
no.
Mining    
 Coal mining
np
np
-
-
 Other mining
-
0.1
-
-
Manufacturing    
 Metal product etc(a)
0.8
2.5
0.1
0.3
 Other manufacturing
2.7
5.0
0.9
1.7
Construction
1.2
1.3
0.2
0.2
Transport, postal and warehousing
np
np
2.5
4.3
Education and training; Health care and social assistance
0.5
0.2
0.1
-
Other industries(a)
0.7
0.1
0.1
-
All industries
12.4
1.1
3.9
0.3
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
a. See Glossary - Industry - for details of industries included.

 

3 Industrial disputes which occurred during the quarter, states and territories

 December Quarter 2019March Quarter 2020
 Working days lostWorking days lost per thousand employeesWorking days lostWorking days lost per thousand employees
 
'000
no.
'000
no.
New South Wales
np
np
1.0
0.3
Victoria
3.6
1.1
2.0
0.6
Queensland
2.1
0.9
np
np
South Australia
0.1
0.1
-
-
Western Australia
0.1
0.1
np
np
Tasmania
np
np
-
-
Northern Territory
np
np
-
-
Australian Capital Territory
np
np
-
-
Australia
12.4
1.1
3.9
0.3
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated

 

4 Industrial disputes which ended during the quarter

  September Quarter 2019December Quarter 2019
  Total Number of DisputesTotal Employees InvolvedWorking days LostTotal Number of DisputesTotal Employees InvolvedWorking days Lost
  
no.
'000
'000
no.
'000
'000
 
 CAUSE OF DISPUTE
Enterprise Bargaining (EB) related      
 Remuneration
10
0.5
1.2
8
1.2
4.2
 Employment conditions (EB)
17
12.8
11.3
15
5.3
9.5
 Other EB related
2
-
0.9
2
np
np
Non-EB related      
 Remuneration
-
-
-
-
-
-
 Employment conditions
1
0.5
0.1
-
-
-
 Health and safety
7
1.9
1.7
4
0.5
0.4
 Job security
-
-
-
1
np
np
 Managerial policy
1
-
-
-
-
-
 Union issues
-
-
-
-
-
-
 Other Non EB related
1
1.5
1.1
3
0.9
0.5
Total
39
17.2
16.3
33
8.0
14.6
 
 WORKING DAYS LOST PER EMPLOYEE INVOLVED
Up to and including 1 day
22
14.1
8.7
22
6.8
2.5
Over 1 day and up to including 2 days
7
2.4
4.2
1
np
np
Over 2 and less than 5 days
5
0.6
1.5
3
0.4
1.0
5 and less than 10 days
2
0.1
0.6
2
np
np
10 days and over
3
-
1.3
5
0.6
10.4
Total
39
17.2
16.3
33
8.0
14.6
 
 REASON WORK RESUMED
Negotiation without intervention of a third party
5
0.3
1.3
-
-
-
State legislation
1
-
-
2
0.1
0.1
Federal legislation
-
-
-
1
-
0.2
Pre-determined return to work
29
15.6
13.4
27
7.5
13.9
Resumption without negotiation
1
np
np
2
0.4
0.4
Mediation
3
np
np
1
0.1
-
Other reasons
-
-
-
-
-
-
Total
39
17.2
16.3
33
8.0
14.6
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated

 

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Data downloads

Table 1: Industrial disputes which occurred during the period

Table 2a: Industrial disputes which occurred during the period, working days lost, industry

Table 2b: Industrial disputes which occurred during the period, working days lost per thousand employees, industry

Table 3a: Industrial disputes which occurred during the period, working days lost, states and territories

Table 3b: Industrial disputes which occurred during the period, working days lost per thousand employees, states and territories

Table 4a: Industrial disputes which ended during the period, cause of dispute

Table 4b: Industrial disputes which ended during the period, working days lost per employee involved

Table 4c: Industrial disputes which ended during the period, reason work resumed