STRIKES IN BRITAIN
THE LOSS OF WORKING DAYS.
The Board of Trade report on strikes and lockouts in the United Kingdom in 1912 shows that both the number of workers affected and the aggregate working days lost by disputes were the highest recorded. The total number of work-people involved was 1,464,00'j and the aggregate duration in working days 40,915,000.V In the latter respect the highest previously recorded was in 1893, when the number was 30,000,000 working days. In the following table are shown the number of workers involved, either directly or indirectly, in disputes, and the aggregate duration in working days since 1906, when tlie period of exceptional unrest in recent years commenced: — Workers. Days. 1906 218,000 3,029,000 1907 147,500 2,162,000 1908 295,000 10,834,000 1909 ...... 300,800 2,774,000 1910 ... ... 515,200 9,894,000 1911 "... ... '962,000 10,310,000 1912 V.. ... 1,464,000 40,915,000 The aggregate number of working days available in the year for the whole industrial population, exclusive of agricultural labourers, 1 is roughly estimated at 3,200,000,000.. ( Thus, in 1912 about l-75th of the total number of days,was lost in disputes. This is equivalent to nearly four working days per head if spread over the whole industrial population. For the first eight months of 1913, a larger number of industrial disputes have occurred than during the corresponding period of 1912, or during the Avhole of any of the last ten years. Here are the figures for those eight months:— / ; Number of disputes' ... 960" Workers affected (nearly) 500,000 v' Duration (wording days) 7,000)000'
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8787, 6 February 1914
STRIKES IN BRITAIN Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8787, 6 February 1914
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