03/06/2004

NI has highest number of strike days lost in UK

Northern Ireland has the highest number of days lost due to strike action compared to the rest of the UK.

The figures were revealed in the June edition of Labour Market Trends out today.

UK work stoppages fell to 133 last year, the lowest on record, however Northern Ireland topped this poll with an average of 101 days compared with 51 in London and 39 in Scotland.

Regions with the lowest were the North East (2), the East of England (4) and both the East Midlands and the South East (6). The average UK figure was 19 days.

The UK's new low, which saw working days lost in 2003 total 499,100, compares with 146 stoppages (1.323 million days lost) in 2002 and 194 stoppages (525,100 days lost) in 2001.

Last year's figures are also lower than the average number of working days lost per year in the 1990s (660,000), the 1980s (7.2 million) and the 1970s (12.9 million).

The number of working days lost in the first three months in 2004 was provisionally estimated to be 372,000 from 40 stoppages, involving 135,000 workers.

(GMcG/MB)

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