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8,486 days lost in strikes

SOME 8,486 days were lost to industrial disputes last year, according to figures from the Central Statistics Office.

This is a significant rise on 2011, when 3,695 days were lost. There were five disputes in progress during 2012, which involved 1,920 workers. And two of these disputes accounted for 6,114 -- or 72pc -- of the days lost.

Despite the year-on-year increase, no days were lost to industrial action during the final three months of last year.

This represents the first quarter where no days were lost since the third quarter of 2007.