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Release: Labour Disputes - Annual Article, 2011

Released: 15 August 2012


Dominic Hale

BRES ASHE and Labour Disputes Branch

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 456721

Categories: Labour Market, People in Work, Labour Disputes, Days Lost Due to Industrial Action, Collective Agreement, Employer-employee Dialogue

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Region

Survey name(s): Labour Disputes Statistics

  • There were 1,390,000 working days lost through labour disputes in 2011. This is the highest number of working days lost since 1990 when 1,903,000 days were lost, and is mostly attributable to large scale strikes in the public sector.

  • There were 149 stoppages of work because of labour disputes in 2011. This compares with 92 stoppages in 2010 and 98 stoppages in 2009.

  • The majority of working days lost (92 per cent) were in the public sector. This is also reflected in the number of total stoppages (149), with 59 per cent in the public sector and 41 per cent in the private sector.

  • Wage disputes accounted for 95 per cent of working days lost.

Statistics on UK breakdown of labour disputes covering: number of working days lost and number of stoppages. The statistics relate to both 'strikes' and 'lockouts'.

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