Threefold jump in lost working days
INDUSTRIAL action by secondary school teachers resulted in three times as many lost working days last year compared with 2013.
New figures released by the Central Statistics Office show a total of 44,015 days were lost to industrial disputes throughout 2014.
The days were lost in 11 separate disputes and involved more than 31,000 workers.
Just over half of the days lost in 2014 resulted from two disputes in the education sector, accounting for 23,770 or 54pc of the total days lost.
In 2013, 14,965 days were lost when 11,924 workers took to the picket lines. These disputes concerned 12 firms.
There were three disputes in progress in the fourth quarter of 2014 involving 27,092 workers and three firms. However, the one-day teachers' strike in this quarter involved 27,000 workers and accounted for a total of 23,500 days lost.
The figures only refer to disputes involving a stoppage of work lasting at least one day and where the total time lost was 10 or more person-days.