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May disputes figure lowest for 25 years



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MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS SENATOR PETER COOK

20 August 1992

MAY DISPUTES FIGURE LOWEST FOR 25 YEARS

The low number of working days lost in May is further evidence of the harmonious industrial relations climate developed under the Labor Government and its Accord agreement with the union movement.

The Commonwealth Statistician today reported that the number of working days lost in May 1992 through industrial disputation was 51,200 which was the lowest for the month of May since 1967. ยท

The number of working days lost was 76 per cent below the May monthly average.

Under the Kirner Labor Government, Victoria has experienced its most harmonious industrial relations period on record.

In Victoria, for the year ended May 1992, 120 working days per thousand employees were lost, the lowest figure since this ABS , series began in December 1981.

Unpublished information suggests that the Victorian rate is the lowest for more than two decades.

The APPM dispute in Tasmania accounted for 18,900 days lost or 37 per cent of the total days lost in Australia in May.

The dispute was driven by the highly confrontationist industrial relations approach of APPM management - an approach which had the backing of the Opposition leader Dr Hewson.

The clear message from the dispute figures is that the Hewson/Howard confrontationist approach to industrial relations is a recipe for industrial conflict.

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