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Work Stoppages: December 2001 quarter

Forty-two Work Stoppages Ended in December 2001 Year

Revisions have been made to the Work Stoppages: December 2001 quarter released on 17 April 2002, due to an error in the number of employees involved. The data for number of employees involved was 8,000 too high due to an error in processing. This error has affected other work stoppages statistics. Changes to the data released on 17 April 2002 are highlighted in the text by underlining.

Statistics New Zealand regrets any inconvenience this error may have caused users.

Forty-two work stoppages ended in the December 2001 year, according to latest figures from Statistics New Zealand. This is double the number that was recorded last year, but remains under 50 stoppages, consistent with levels recorded over the past four years.

The 42 stoppages that ended in the December 2001 year consisted of 38 complete strikes, two partial strikes and two lockouts. The 42 stoppages involved 22,022 employees with a loss of 54,440 person-days of work and an estimated $7.7 million in wages and salaries. In comparison, 21 stoppages involving 2,632 employees ended in the December 2000 year, resulting in a loss of 11,495 person-days of work and an estimated $2.3 million in wages and salaries.

There were six work stoppages that ended in the December 2001 quarter and these involved 14,947 employees with a loss of 23,394 person-days of work. This is an average loss of 1.6 person-days of work. An estimated $3.5 million was lost in wages and salaries.

In the September 2001 quarter there were 19 stoppages with 3,948 employees involved. These resulted in a loss of 23,440 person-days of work and an estimated $3.0 million in wages and salaries.

Twenty-eight private sector and 14 public sector stoppages ended in the December 2001 year, compared with nine private sector and 12 public sector stoppages in the previous December year.

In the December 2001 year, 17 work stoppages were recorded in the manufacturing industry group. Four were recorded in property and business services. The following industry groups each recorded three stoppages: construction; transport and storage; education; health and community services; and personal and other services. Six stoppages were recorded in all other industries combined. Work stoppages in the manufacturing and education industry contributed about 37 percent each of the total estimated $7.7 million loss in wages and salaries during the December 2001 year. Education contributed about 53 percent of the total number of employees involved in the December 2001 year.

Brian Pink
Government Statistician

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