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Work stoppages skyrocket as Govt law kicks in

Roger Sowry

National Industrial Relations Spokesperson

10th October 2002

Work stoppages skyrocket as Govt law kicks in

The huge increase in industrial disputes over the last year shows the Employment Relations Act is kicking in, says National's Industrial Relations Spokesman Roger Sowry.

"The work stoppage figures show that $7.9 million in wages and salaries were lost in the year to June 2002, compared to $1.6 million for the previous year. It is workers as well as employers who suffer because of this level of disruption.

"The number of stoppages increased from 30 to 46, and the number of employees involved in these stoppages increased by over six times.

"Labour's bungling of the teachers dispute also had a big impact, with the education industry contributing 57% of all the employees involved in disputes.

"Labour were warned that removing flexibility from employment law would have this impact. These figures are sadly predictable.

"Things are only going to get worse as Labour brings in more rigid employment law and the right to strike over social and political issues," said Mr Sowry


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