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This release has been compiled during the COVID-19 crisis. The results contained in this release may reflect some of the impact of the COVID-19 situation. Similar results, where no indistrual disputes occured or were in progress in the reporting quarter were published prior to the COVID-19 crisis, the last occurrence being Q3 2015.
|Disputes in Progress|
During the second quarter of 2020 there were no days lost to industrial disputes. No disputes began or were in progress in this period. This is the first quarter since Q3 2015 that no days were lost to industrial disputes in a quarter. See table 1.
There were three disputes during the same period last year which resulted in 7,693 days lost.
|Table 1 Industrial Disputes which began or were in progress in each quarter, 2012-2020|
|Disputes in progress|
|Year||Quarter||Disputes which began1||Number of disputes 2||Number of firms involved (2,3)||Number of workers involved 2||Total days lost|
|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.|
|4 Number of workers and days lost estimated and subject to revision.|
The information on Industrial Disputes is based on details supplied by the Industrial Relations Section, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (https://www.dbei.gov.ie/en/) 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.
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.
The table shows 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.
Prior to Q4 2019, industrial disputes which began and which were in progress in each quarter were classified by Economic Sector (NACE Rev 2). From Q4 2019, this classification is no longer available and only the number of firms, number of workers involved and numbers of days lost will be available for industrial disputes which begin and are in progress on a quarterly basis.
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.Hide Background Notes
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