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Industrial Disputes

Quarter 1 2019

 Disputes in Progress
 DisputesWorkersDays lost
Q1 20181300290
Q4 20182217232
Q1 20193n/a27,415

27,415 days lost to industrial disputes in first quarter 2019

Days lost per quarter
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There were three industrial disputes in progress in the first quarter of 2019 involving three firms, and resulting in an estimated 27,415 days lost in the quarter. See table 1

There was one dispute during the same period last year which resulted in 290 days lost. See table 2.

Days lost for one industrial dispute in the Human health and social work activities sector are estimated and, as such, should be treated with caution. The CSO has at the time of publication also been unable to establish the number of workers involved in this industrial dispute.

Table 1 Industrial Disputes which began or were in progress in the first quarter of 2019
  Disputes in progress during Q1 2019
Economic sector (NACE Rev. 2)Disputes which began in Q1 2019Number of disputesNumber of firmsNumber of workersTotal days lost
A Agriculture, forestry and fishing-----
B-E Industry-----
F Construction-----
G Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles-----
H Transportation and storage -----
I Accommodation and food service activities-----
J Information and communication-----
K-L Financial, insurance and real estate activities-----
M Professional, scientific and technical activities-----
N Administrative and support service activities 111400400
O Public administration and defence; compulsory social security-----
P Education-----
Q Human health and social work activities 1222n/a127,015 2
R-U Other NACE activities -----
All NACE Economic Sectors Q1 2019333n/a127,415 2
1Unable to establish the number of workers invoved in one dispute in this economic sector
2 Estimate subject to revision
Table 2 Industrial Disputes which began or were in progress in each quarter, 2012-2019
 Disputes in progress
YearQuarterDisputes which began1Number of disputes 2Number of firms involved (2,3)Number of workers involved 2Total days lost
2012Quarter 111175161
 Quarter 23331,4457,754
 Quarter 3111400571
 Quarter 400000
 Total 20125551,9208,486
2013Quarter 1222107228
Quarter 23332,4083,417
Quarter 33443,0326,718
 Quarter 44556,3944,602
 Total 201312121211,92414,965
2014Quarter 1222178310
 Quarter 26771,6818,014
 Quarter 32443,41210,914
 Quarter 413327,09224,777
 Total 201411111131,66544,015
2015Quarter 124427,58824,056
 Quarter 223310,1008,792
 Quarter 300000
 Quarter 422272116
 Total 201569937,76032,964
2016Quarter 14444,8285,115
 Quarter 21222551,127
 Quarter 33333,36214,270
 Quarter 422221,17751,135
 Total 201610101029,37271,647
2017Quarter 15554,43521,415
 Quarter 213n/a2,41720,312
 Quarter 323n/a8762,131
 Quarter 42334,2716,333
 Total 20171010n/a9,45650,191
2018Quarter 1111300290
 Quarter 23338671,907
 Quarter 35665951,621
 Quarter 4122217232
 Total 20181010101,8144,050
2019Quarter 1333n/a 427,415
1 See Scope and Days Lost in Background Notes for more information on criteria for inclusion of disputes.
2 The quarterly totals in these columns will not always add to the annual total since an Industrial Dispute can be in progress in more than one quarter.
3 Total number of firms not available as the CSO was unable to establish the number of firms involved in one industrial dispute in the Construction sector in Q2 and Q3 2017.
4Unable to establish the number of workers invoved in one dispute in Q1 2019.

Background Notes


The information on Industrial Disputes is based on details supplied by the Industrial Relations Section, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation ( and on information collected directly from other sources by the Central Statistics Office.


Disputes are included in this release if they involve a stoppage of work lasting for at least one day and the total time lost is 10 or more person-days.

Days Lost

In calculating days lost, it is assumed that work would have continued if no dispute had occurred. No allowance is made for loss of work from unemployment or other causes (such as bad weather) which might have happened even if there was no dispute. The number of days lost is calculated by multiplying the number of persons involved by the number of normal working days during which they were involved in the dispute. Persons working for approximately 40 hours per week are assumed to be working the equivalent of a 5 day week even if the work is spread over more than 5 days.

Disputes in Progress

The tables show data on disputes which began and disputes which were in progress in each quarter. The quarterly figures for the number of disputes in progress and for the number of firms and workers involved will not always add to the annual total, since an industrial dispute can be in progress in more than one quarter.

Reference Quarters

The reference quarters for Industrial Disputes results are:

Q1 - January to March, Q2 - April to June, Q3 - July to September and Q4 - October to December.

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