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Ennis, Clare, Ireland, 2007/03/15 - The Minister for Labour Affairs and Clare T.D., Mr. Tony Killeen has welcomed the latest Central Statistics Office figures showing that the number of strike days lost in 2006 was the lowest since records began in 1923.
7,352 days were lost in 2006 in 10 strikes, affecting 1,186 workers and 10 firms. In 2006 the Construction sector accounted for 4,769 (65%) of the total days lost.
According to Minister Killeen, “Up to 15 years ago it would not be uncommon to see in excess of 200,000 strike days lost per annum. This exceptionally high figure came at a time when the number of people in employment barely exceeded half of todays two million at work. The formulation and implementation of partnership agreements has played a key part in resolving industrial disputes and ensuring a considerable reduction in strike days lost”.
“While there can be no room for complacency, these statistics reflect the stability of the industrial relations environment. For example, there were 1,090 days lost in the fourth quarter of 2006 compared with 22,588 days lost in the fourth quarter of 2005”, stated Minister Killeen.
He continued, “The CSO figures also show the willingness of employers, workers and trade unions to resolve potential disputes either at workplace level or, if necessary, through the utilisation of the available dispute settling services, such as the Labour Relations Commission and the Labour Court.”
About Minister Tony Killeen
- Minister Killeen is available for interview and may be contacted on +35387-2525304 or tony_killeen[.]entemp.ie. Pics are available on request.
Mr. Tony Killeen was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment on the 29th September 2004. Political Record: Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Science 2002-2004. Member Committee on Procedure and Privileges 1992-2002. Former Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Members' Interests in Dáil Éireann. Member of the British-Irish Parliamentary Body 1997-2004. Member of Clare County Council 1985-1997 (Chairman 1989-1991, Vice-Chairman 1987-89). Chairman Co. Clare VEC (1991-1994). Former National Chairman of Fianna Fáil Councillors Association. Former member of Management Boards of Killaloe and Shannon Community Schools and Limerick R.T.C. Founder member Shannon Status Committee and Chairman 1989-1991.