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Days lost to industrial disputes up by 335 per cent.



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Media Release

 

BOB McMULLAN MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS,

FINANCE AND THE ARTS

MEMBER FOR CANBERRA

 

IR57/98

17 August 1998

 

 

DAYS LOST TO INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES UP BY 335 PER CENT

 

 

The 335 per cent increase in the number of working days lost through industrial disputation during May gives an insight into the real level of industrial unrest in Australia, Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations said today.

 

The Australian Bureau of Statistics report Industrial Disputes Australia 6321.0 showed that ‘ During May a total of 96,000 working days were lost through industrial disputation, an increase of 335% from April (22,100) ’.

 

“This massive 335 per cent increase does not even include the thousands of days lost in the recent dock dispute, Mr McMullan said.

 

“If the dock dispute was included in the Government’s figures it would make them much worse.

 

“This figure also does not take into account the insecurity and uncertainty this Government has engendered in many Australian workplaces.

 

“Many Australian workers have recently had their Awards stripped to the bone and their rights in the workplace restricted.

 

“The result of 2 years of Howard Government is that many workers are struggling to maintain their standard of living and have a strong feeling of insecurity about their future.

 

“The coming Federal Election will give many Australian workers the opportunity to fully demonstrate their views on the path the Howard Government has taken in relation to Australia’s industrial relations system,” Mr McMullan said.

 

 

For further information: Tim Benson (02) 6277 4428

 

 

 

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