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Fewer Work Stoppages In The June Quarter

Work Stoppages: June 2000 Quarter

Three work stoppages ended in the June 2000 quarter latest figures from Statistics New Zealand show. This is the lowest number of work stoppages in any quarter of the last decade. However, the number of employees involved and the losses of person-days of work, and wages and salaries were greater than those for the March 2000 and June 1999 quarters.

In the June 2000 quarter, complete strikes accounted for two of the stoppages. The other stoppage was a partial strike. Some 1,188 employees were involved in the three work stoppages, resulting in the loss of 4,956 person-days of work and an estimated $1.3 million in wages and salaries.

Some 31 work stoppages ended in the year to June 2000. These involved 10,452 employees with the loss of 21,365 person-days of work and an estimated $4.6 million in wages and salaries. In comparison, 29 work stoppages involving 4,498 employees ended in the June 1999 year, resulting in the loss of 6,851 person-days of work and $0.9 million in wages and salaries.

There were 18 private sector stoppages and 13 public sector stoppages that ended in the year to June 2000. This is a reversal of the result in the year ending June 1999 when there were 12 private sector stoppages and 17 public sector stoppages.

In the June 2000 year, there were eight work stoppages recorded in manufacturing; five each in transport, storage and communication services; education; and health and community services. The remaining eight were in all other industries combined. Work stoppages in transport, storage and communication services contributed 45 per cent of the estimated $4.6 million in wages and salaries lost during the year to June 2000.



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