Strike action hits all-time low in 2003

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of industrial disputes during 2003 was the lowest ever recorded.

The number of days lost to industrial disputes were more than halved from over 1.3 million in 2002, to just under 500,000 last year. Figures show that the worst year on record was 1984, when a miners’ strike lasted the entire year. In total, 27,135,000 working days were lost, and 1,464,000 staff were involved in 1,221 stoppages.

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