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Strike negotiations reduce number of days lost to disputes?

Fewer days are being lost to strikes than a year ago in Ireland, it has been revealed.

25 August 2011

Strike negotiations may be increasingly effective in Ireland.

This is because research released by the Central Statistics Office - the national collator of data for the country - has shown some 572 days of people not working passed by in the second three-month period in 2011.

Three disputes took place during this time and 462 workers were involved.

It means fewer days were lost to industrial action in the second quarter of the year than when compared with the same period 12 months previously, when the figure was 1,136.

A disagreement in the construction sector accounted for 70 per cent of the total number of days where people were on the picket line.

Another dispute that began in the quarter was in the public administration and defence sector, while the third disagreement rolled over from the first three-month period in 2011 and it was concerned with the teaching arena.

Union bargaining may have been effective in limiting the number of grievances that ended up in industrial action being taken.

Posted by Edel Quinn

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