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Industrial Disputes

Quarter 3 2018

 Disputes in Progress
 DisputesWorkersDays lost
Quarter   
Q3 201738762,131
Q2 201838671,907
Q3 201865951,621

1,621 days lost to industrial disputes in third quarter 2018

Days lost per quarter
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There were six disputes in progress in the third quarter of 2018 involving 595 workers and six firms resulting in an estimated 1,621 days lost. See table 1.

There were three disputes for the same period last year involving 876 workers and resulting in 2,131 days lost. See table 2.

The Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles sector accounted for almost 60% (57.8%) of total days lost in the third quarter of 2018. See table 1.

Table 1 Industrial Disputes which began or were in progress in the third quarter of 2018
  Disputes in progress during Q3 2018
Economic sector (NACE Rev. 2)Disputes which began in Q3 2018Number of disputesNumber of firmsNumber of workersTotal days lost
A Agriculture, forestry and fishing-----
B-E Industry11110064
F Construction-----
G Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles222210937
H Transportation and storage 111120429
I Accommodation and food service activities-----
J Information and communication-----
K-L Financial, insurance and real estate activities-----
M Professional, scientific and technical activities1112652
N Administrative and support service activities -----
O Public administration and defence; compulsory social security-11139139
P Education-----
Q Human health and social work activities-----
R-U Other NACE activities -----
All NACE Economic Sectors Q3 20185665951,621
Table 2 Industrial Disputes which began or were in progress in the first nine months of 2018
  Disputes in progress during 2018
Economic sector (NACE Rev. 2)Disputes which began in 2018Number of disputesNumber of firmsNumber of workersTotal days lost
A Agriculture, forestry and fishing-----
B-E Industry333405399
F Construction-----
G Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles222210937
H Transportation and storage 111120429
I Accommodation and food service activities-----
J Information and communication-----
K-L Financial, insurance and real estate activities1117231,446
M Professional, scientific and technical activities1112652
H Administrative and support service activities -----
O Public administration and defence; compulsory social security1111139555
P Education-----
Q Human health and social work activities-----
R-U Other NACE activities -----
All NACE Economic Sectors 20189991,6233,818
1 Revised figures for number of workers and days lost in Quarter 2 2018.
Table 3 Industrial Disputes which began or were in progress in each quarter, 2011-2018
 Disputes in progress
YearQuarterDisputes which began1Number of disputes 2Number of firms involved (2,3)Number of workers involved 2Total days lost
2011Quarter 13333352,451
Quarter 2233462572
Quarter 31111793
 Quarter 4222580579
 Total 20118881,3843,695
 
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 243338671,907
 Quarter 35665951,621
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 Revised figures for number of workers and days lost

Background Notes

Sources

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.

Scope

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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