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Table 4 Major wage settlements, inflation and labour disputes

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  Average annual increase in base wage rates1 Annual change in
consumer price index1
Labour disputes and time lost3
Public sector employees2 Private sector employees2 Total employees Strikes and lockouts4 Workers involved Person-days not worked Proportion of estimated working time
Year % number '000 '000 %
1980 10.9 11.7 11.1 10.1 1,028 452 9,130 0.37
1981 13.1 12.6 13.0 12.4 1,049 342 8,850 0.35
1982 10.4 9.5 10.2 10.9 679 464 5,702 0.23
1983 4.6 5.5 4.8 5.8 645 330 4,441 0.18
1984 3.9 3.2 3.6 4.3 716 187 3,883 0.15
1985 3.8 3.3 3.7 4.0 829 164 3,126 0.12
1986 3.6 3.0 3.4 4.1 748 486 7,151 0.27
1987 4.1 3.8 4.0 4.4 668 582 3,810 0.14
1988 4.0 5.0 4.4 4.0 548 207 4,901 0.17
1989 5.2 5.2 5.2 5.0 627 445 3,701 0.13
1990 5.6 5.7 5.6 4.8 579 271 5,079 0.17
1991 3.4 4.4 3.6 5.6 463 254 2,516 0.09
1992 2.0 2.6 2.1 1.5 404 152 2,110 0.07
1993 0.6 0.8 0.7 1.8 381 102 1,517 0.05
1994 0.0 1.2 0.3 0.2 374 81 1,607 0.06
1995 0.6 1.4 0.9 2.2 328 149 1,583 0.05
1996 0.5 1.7 0.9 1.6 330 276 3,269 0.11
1997 1.1 1.8 1.5 1.6 284 258 3,608 0.12
1998 1.6 1.8 1.7 0.9 381 244 2,444 0.08
1999 2.0 2.7 2.2 1.7 413 160 2,443 0.08
2000 2.5 2.4 2.5 2.7 379 144 1,657 0.05
2001 3.4 3.0 3.3 2.6 381 221 2,199 0.07
2002 2.9 2.6 2.8 2.2 294 168 3,033 0.09
2003 2.9 1.2 2.5 2.8 266 81 1,736 0.05
2004 1.4 2.3 1.8 1.9 297 260 3,209 0.09
2005 2.2 2.5 2.3 2.2 260 199 4,150 0.12
2006 2.6 2.2 2.5 2.4 151 42 791 0.02
2007 3.4 3.1 3.3 1.9 207 67 1,791 0.05
20085 3.2 4.0 3.4 1.8 .. .. .. ..
1. Involving 500 or more employees.
2. Public-sector employees are those working for government departments or agencies; Crown corporations; or publicly funded schools, hospitals or other institutions. Private-sector employees are all other wage and salary earners.
3. Involving 1 or more workers.
4. Ten person-days not worked.
5. 2008 data refer to January to April only.
Sources: Statistics Canada, Prices Division; Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Workplace Information Directorate .