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Work Stoppages: December 2008 quarter
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  22 April 2009
Commentary

Twenty-two work stoppages ended in the December 2008 year, nine fewer than the number ending in the December 2007 year.

ANZISC 2006

This is the first publication of Work Stoppages that uses the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification 2006 (ANZSIC 2006) which updates the 1996 version of this classification. There is expected to be little impact on the publication, due to the low number of stoppages each quarter. Note that industry outputs defined using ANZSIC 2006 are not directly comparable with those based on ANZSIC1996.

For more information about ANZSIC 2006 go to the Statistics New Zealand website (www.stats.govt.nz).

Annual comparison

The 22 work stoppages that ended in the year to December 2008 consisted of 18 complete strikes, four partial strikes, and zero lockouts. They involved 4,993 employees, and losses of 8,587 person-days of work and an estimated $2.4 million in wages and salaries.

In comparison, the 31 stoppages that ended in the December 2007 year involved 4,090 employees, and losses of 11,439 person-days of work and an estimated $1.9 million in wages and salaries.

Annual Work Stoppages
December year Number of stoppages Number of employees involved Person-days of work lost Estimated loss in wages and salaries $(million)
2006 42 10,079 27,983 5.2
2007 31 R 4,090 R 11,439 R 1.9 R
2008 22 4,993 8,587 2.4

R revised 

Graph, Number of Employees Involved, Year ended December.   Graph, Estimated Loss in Wages and Salaries Year ended December.
 
Average losses in person-days of work per employee decreased from the December 2007 year, however average losses in wages and salaries per employee increased over the same period. In the December 2008 year, an average of 1.7 person-days of work and $474 in wages and salaries were lost per employee. This compares with 2.8 person-days of work, and $466 in wages and salaries lost per employee in the December 2007 year.
Average Annual Loss per Employee Involved
December year

Person-days of work lost per employee

Loss in wages and salaries per employee ($)
2006 2.8 517
2007 2.8 466
2008 1.7 474

Industry distribution of stoppages

The manufacturing industry and the transport, postal and warehousing industry had the highest number of stoppages in the December 2008 year, with four stoppages each (total of 36 percent of all stoppages). The health care and social assistance industry had the highest loss in wages and salaries (88 percent of the total).

 Graph, Number of Employees involved by industry year ended Dec 2008. Graph, Estimated loss in wages and salaries by industry Year ended December 2008.

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Industry Distribution of Work Stoppages
Year ending December 2008
Industry group Number of stoppages
Manufacturing 4
Transport, postal and warehousing 4
Health care and social assistance 3
All other industries combined 11
Total all industries 22

Note: The 'All other industries combined' group covers: mining; electricity, gas and water services; construction; wholesale trade; retail trade and accommodation; information, media and telecommunications; professional, scientific and technical services; administrative and support services; public administration and safety; education and training; arts, recreation and other services.

Sector distribution of stoppages

Ten public sector stoppages ended in the December 2008 year, up from the December 2007 year when there were eight public sector stoppages. Twelve private sector stoppages ended in the December 2008 year, down from 23 for the December 2007 year.

Public sector stoppages that ended in the December 2008 year involved 3,480 employees, and losses of 6,696 person-days of work and an estimated $2.1 million in wages and salaries. Private sector stoppages involved 1,513 employees, and losses of 1,891 person-days of work and an estimated $0.2 million in wages and salaries.

Resolution of stoppages

The underlying dispute was resolved in 12 of the 22 stoppages that ended in the December 2008 year. Five of these were resolved through negotiation between the employer and employee or their representatives. Five stoppages were resolved through mediation services provided by the Department of Labour. The remaining two stoppages were resolved through mediation provided by a private provider.

Ten work stoppages that ended in the December 2008 year did not have the underlying dispute resolved.

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Revision

The September 2008 quarter data has been revised after receiving additional information. Figures for the number of work stoppages, number of employees, loss of person-days of work, and loss in wages and salaries have all been revised upwards.

Revisions 
   September 2008 quarter September 2008 year 
Main indicator  Published Revised Published Revised
Number of stoppages  4 5 29 30 
Number of employees  251 551 5,101 5,401
Person-days lost 93 480 10,393 10,781
Wages and salaries lost ($000) 12 62 2,651 2,702

Quarterly comparison

Five work stoppages ended in the December 2008 quarter, the same number as ended in the September 2008 quarter. The number of employees involved decreased in the December 2008 quarter, but losses of person-days of work, and losses in wages and salaries were both up from the September 2008 quarter.

Of the five stoppages that ended in December 2008 quarter, all were complete strikes. The stoppages involved 434 employees, and resulted in losses of 516 person-days of work and an estimated $99,000 in wages and salaries. The September 2008 quarter had five work stoppages involving 551 employees, and losses of 480 person-days of work and an estimated $62,000 in wages and salaries.

Graph, Number of Employees involved Quarterly.    Graph, Estimated loss in wages and salaries quarterly.

Ongoing stoppages

There were no ongoing work stoppages at 31 December 2008.

For technical information please contact:
Becky Chen
Wellington 04 931 4600
Email: info@stats.govt.nz

Next release ...

Work Stoppages: March 2009 quarter will be released on 22 July 2009.

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