The Influence of Macro Trends on the Frequency of Industrial Disputes


  • Glen Thickett Victoria University of Wellington



New Zealand, like many other nations has seen a dramatic fall in both the frequency and length of industrial disputes since the highs of the 1970s and early 1980s. This paper investigates and assesses the influence of aggregate economic and labour market conditions, and the resultant effects of those conditions, on the scale and scope of industrial disputes in New Zealand between 1988 and 2001. To this end, the purpose of this paper is to determine the influence of the prevailing legislation; the decline in union density and the relative strength of unions in each industry; and the importance of economic growth, wages and inflation on the length and frequency of industrial disputes.


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Author Biography

Glen Thickett, Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria Management School