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178 workers lost 310 days in industrial disputes in the first part of 2014

That number is up on the same time last year.

Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

THE NUMBER OF days lost to industrial disputes in the first three months of 2014 is up on the same time last year, new figures from the CSO show.

In total, two disputes involving 178 workers lost businesses 310 days in the first quarter of the year.

That is up on the same period of last year, when 107 workers lost 228 days in two actions.

The strikes came in the industry and education sectors, with the education action involving 170 workers at one institution. That made up 270 days lost, with eight workers losing an average of five days each at the industry site.

The first quarter of 2014 was calm compared to the final three months of 2013, when five disputes, including the junior doctors and Wallis workers’ strikes saw 6,394 workers lose a total of 4,602 days of work.

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