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Eleven Work Stoppages End in September 2002 Quarter

Eleven work stoppages ended in the September 2002 quarter, according to latest figures from Statistics New Zealand. The number of stoppages is lower than the June 2002 quarter, while the number of employees, loss of person-days of work and estimated loss in wages and salaries are higher.

Ten stoppages in this quarter were complete strikes, while the other stoppage was a partial strike.

The stoppages involved 14,749 employees with a loss of 23,461 person-days of work.

This represents an average loss of 1.6 person-days of work. An estimated $3.3 million was lost in wages and salaries.

In comparison, the June 2002 quarter recorded 14 stoppages with 1,427 employees involved.

This resulted in losses of 4,510 person-days of work and an estimated $538,000 in wages and salaries.

In the September 2002 year, there were 38 stoppages, which involved some 35,381 employees.

There were losses of 55,870 person-days of work and an estimated $8.2 million in wages and salaries. In comparison, 41 stoppages involving 7,284 employees ended in the September 2001 year. These resulted in losses of 31,487 person-days of work and an estimated $4.2 million in wages and salaries.

The manufacturing industry contributed 14 of the 38 work stoppages ending in the September 2002 year. Eight stoppages were recorded in health and community services. Six stoppages were recorded in education. There were four stoppages recorded in transport and storage, with three stoppages in personal and other services. The remaining three stoppages occurred in other industries. While manufacturing had the highest number of work stoppages, education recorded the highest number of employees involved, loss of person-days of work and estimated loss in wages and salaries. The education industry contributed about 78 percent of the total 35,381 employees involved.

Brian Pink

Government Statistician

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