Time lost to work stoppages at 15-year high

Disputes at CBC and Telus contributed to record number of days lost
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/22/2006

If Canadian organization can’t bring down the total days lost to work stoppages, the economy and workers will be at risk as firms choose to move to countries with more stable labour environments, said a chief analyst at Statistics Canada.

“Strikes cost quite a bit, not just to the strikers, but to the employers and shareholders,” said Ernest Akyeampong, chief labour and household service analyst. “There’s no winner here. Good industrial relations are important in an increasingly global economy.”

Last year about 4.1 million workdays were lost to industrial disputes, more than twice as much as in 2003 and the highest since 5.1 million workdays were lost in 1990, according to a new Statistics Canada study