INDUSTRIAL ACTION: DECREASING LEVELS IN EUROPE IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS.

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The report from the Foundation's European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO) reviews trends and developments in industrial action in 2000-2004. It also examines the causes for industrial action and looks at dispute resolution in the various countries. "In comparison with the past, the early 2000s have been a time of relative industrial peace in many European countries", Willy Buschak, the Foundation's acting director, said in a July 7 statement. "In the 1980s, days lost to industrial action in Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the UK averaged over 400 days lost per 1000 workers". The study found that the sectors most affected by industrial action in 2000-2004 were transport and communications, industry/manufacturing and the broad public sector. Distribution of industrial action between the private and public sector varies considerably between the countries considered.

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