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MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

25 March 1992

DISPUTE RECORD BOOK REWRITTEN UNDER LABOR

The Minister for Industrial Relations, Senator Peter Cook today welcomed the record low figures for industrial disputes.

Senator Cook attributed much of the improvement to Labor's industrial relations reform program.

"The Federal Government's policies stressing cooperation in the workplace rather than confrontation have achieved solid results.

"In the month of December 1991 there were 10,400 working days lost through disputes which was the lowest figure recorded for any month in three decades."

Senator Cook singled out the results in Victoria and Tasmania.

These two States had the lowest annual rates of industrial disputation since the Bureau of Statistics began this particular series (December 1981).

The annual result is the continuation of a long-term downward trend since 1983, a trend that has continued through growth and recessionary cycles.

There were 264 working days lost per thousand employees in Australia in 1991.

If the effects of the one-day general strike in NSW in October were excluded, the Australian figure would have been 179 - the lowest calendar year figure ever recorded for this series (since 1968).

Contact Don Mackay 277 7320. COMMONWEALTH

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