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August 2001     Vol. 2, no. 8

Time lost due to industrial disputes

Ernest B. Akyeampong

  • Work stoppages and the resulting workdays lost due to labour disputes have generally declined over the past two decades. Strikes and lockouts in Canada totalled 1,028 in 1980, but dropped to 377 in 2000.
  • The number of workdays lost per 1,000 employees (the time-loss ratio) fell from 953 in 1980 to 133 in 2000.


Ernest B. Akyeampong is with the Labour and Household Surveys Analysis Division. He can be reached at (613) 951-4624 or

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