Stoppages of work because of disputes between employers and employees. These include strikes and lock-outs (where an employer stops employees from entering a place of work). Figures include the number of days lost to workplace disputes in the public and private sectors and the number of workers involved.
Estimates from the Labour Force Survey show that, between July to September 2017 and October to December 2017, the number of people in work and the number of unemployed people both increased, but the number of people aged from 16 to 64 not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) decreased.
There were 32.15 million people in work, 88,000 more than for July to September 2017 and 321,000 more than for a year earlier.
The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 75.2%, higher than for a year earlier (74.6%).