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Annual work stoppages decrease
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  22 April 2009

Work Stoppages: December 2008 quarter  –  Media Release

Twenty-two work stoppages ended in the December 2008 year, Statistics New Zealand said today. Stoppages in the December 2008 year 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 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.

Eighteen complete strikes and four partial strikes ended in the December 2008 year.

In the December 2008 quarter, five work stoppages ended – all were complete strikes. These involved 434 employees, and resulted in losses of 516 person-days of work and an estimated $99,000 in wages and salaries.

Geoff Bascand   22 April 2009
Government Statistician

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