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15 March 2012

Chart of the day: strike action

The number of working days lost to strike action reached a 20-year high last year.

By George Eaton

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What a difference one strike makes. The chart above shows how last November’s pensions action dramatically increased the number of working days lost to labour disputes.

A total of 1.4 million working days were lost due to industrial action in 2011, 997,000 of which were due to the 30 November strike. The figure was the highest since 1990 and represented a four-fold increase on 2010.

Expect the right to highlight such stats as evidence of why, in their view, a minimum turnout threshold should be introduced for strike ballots.

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