Almost 9,000 work days lost to industrial disputes since April
More than 8,700 days have been lost to industrial disputes in the second quarter of 2015, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
This is an increase of 778 days lost compared to the same period last year. A total of three industrial disputes accounted for the 8,792 days lost which involved 10,100 workers.
This is down significantly on quarter one of this year which saw 24,056 days lost. There were four disputes in quarter one and 27,588 employees affected, with the number of days lost in that quarter exceeding the numbers lost in 2010, 2011 and 2012 combined.
The transportation and storage sector amounted for 65pc of the all days lost in the second quarter.
Disputes in the education sector accounted for 98pc of all days lost during the first quarter of 2015, as industrial action undertaken by unions late last year continued.
It comes as strikes taken by Dublin Bus staff in May and by Dunnes Stores employees in April saw approximately 8,392 days lost combined.
According to the CSO, 4,000 Dublin Bus staff were involved in the strikes over fears that 10pc of public bus routes would become privatised, with 5,714 days being lost.
Approximately 6,000 staff members took part in the Dunnes Stores strike due to low-hour contracts. Staff were met with support from Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton. Approximately 2,678 work days were lost in that dispute.
During the Dunnes Stores strikes in April, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald criticised Labour in government for failing to improve industrial relations law over the past four years.