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Shorten Needs to Explain 8 Year High on Strikes Thursday, 06 September 2012 14:06

ABS statistics released today show that there were more working days lost in the March Quarter than

at any time since June 2004 and that there was a more than doubling on working days lost over the

last year.

“Mr Shorten continues to sit on his hands and tell Australians that the level of industrial disputation is

‘steady’, despite the highest number of working days lost in 8 years,” Senator Abetz said today.

“Fixing the militancy problem would be a good start to fixing the productivity problem that has seen

us fall from 40th to 80th place in the productivity stakes according to the World Economic Forum.”

“The 293,100 working days lost due to industrial action is the equivalent of 1,221 people sitting out

on strike for a whole year.”

“Mr Shorten must deal with the militancy problems generated by the Fair Work Act and Labor’s

abolition of the Australian Building and Construction Commission.”

“As well as these figures, Australians have seen from the Grocon Dispute that militant union bosses

at the CFMEU are back to their old tricks.”

“Meanwhile the artificial reduction in the unemployment rate hides the fact that the number of

Australians gainfully employed actually fell by 8,800 and the number of hours worked fell by 5.7 million

hours,” Senator Abetz said.

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