Czech Republic

Organization responsible for the statistics

Collection: District statistical offices;

Compilation and publication: Statistical Office of the Republic.

Objectives and users

Not available.


Strikes and lockouts: The statistics cover:

Action such as working to rule, go-slows and overtime bans is not included.

Minimum threshold: none.

Economic activities: All economic activities and sectors, except the armed forces.

Workers: Paid employees (full- and part-time), including temporary, casual and seasonal workers. Self-employed workers and unpaid family helpers are not included.

Geographic areas: Whole country.

Other: Small firms not registered in the business register (usually up to 25 employees) are not covered.

Types of data collected

a) number of strikes and lockouts;

b) number of establishments involved;

c) number of workers involved;

d) duration;

e) amount of time not worked ("time lost");

f) other: outcome of dispute; amount of wages (total wage bill) not paid as a result of a strike or lockout.

Concepts and definitions

(Source: Labour Law on collective bargaining, Parliamentary Act, Czechoslovakia, 1990).

Strike: A stoppage of work on the part of the employees as a result of antagonism between the employer and workers in the course of collective bargaining, or for other reasons.

Lockout: A stoppage of work on the part of the employer, mainly in the course of collective bargaining, or for other reasons.

Methods of measurement

Strikes and lockouts: The basic unit of measurement used to record a strike or lockout is one work stoppage due to a single case of dispute in a particular economic unit (enterprise). The resumption of a strike or lockout that is interrupted but begins again, still due to the same case of dispute, is counted as a new strike or lockout.

Work stoppages arising from the same case of dispute, occurring simultaneously in different establishments of the same enterprise are counted as one strike or lockout. Those arising from the same case of dispute, occurring at different times in different establishments of the same enterprise, and those resulting from the same case of dispute but occurring simultaneously or at different times in establishments of different enterprises are counted as separate strikes or lockouts.

Establishments: The number of enterprises is measured. An enterprise is defined as the legal unit registered in the business register.

Workers involved: The number of workers involved relates to workers directly involved and workers indirectly involved. It is counted as the maximum number of workers that took part during the course of the stoppage, even if some workers participated for only part of the duration. Part-time workers are counted as individuals on the same basis as full-time workers. Workers laid off, or workers absent on sick or annual leave or absent for any other reason are not included.

Duration: The duration is measured in workdays (workhours in the case of short stoppages) within one enterprise, from the first day of the stoppage in the first establishment or local workplace involved to the last day in the last establishment or local workplace involved, if the case of dispute is the same.

Time not worked ("time lost"): Total time not worked is measured in workdays (workhours in the case of short stoppages) as the product of the number of workers involved and the duration. Time not worked is also measured for workers indirectly involved. As part-time workers are counted as individuals on the same basis of full-time workers, their shorter working hours are not taken into account. Overtime is included if a specific request was made by the employer for overtime to be worked.


a) cause of dispute: not applicable;

b) outcome of dispute:

c) method of settlement: not applicable;

d) economic activity: the data are classified by economic activity using the 1992 International standard Industrial Classification (ISIC) Rev. 3. As the reporting unit is the enterprise, general widespread strikes affecting many industries are classified according to the branch of economic activity of the respective enterprises involved;

e) occupational group: not applicable;

f) number of establishments involved: not applicable;

g) number of workers involved: not applicable;

h) duration: not applicable;

i) time not worked: not applicable;

j) other: type of strike or lockout:

Reference period and periodicity

The statistics are compiled for periods of a month, and are published quarterly for periods of three months and a year. They refer to strikes and lockouts beginning during the particular reference period plus those continuing from the previous period.

Analytical measures


Historical background of the series

Not available.


Series available: not available.

Bibliographic references: The data are published in:

Statistical Office of the Republic: Quarterly Statistical Bulletin.

Data published by the ILO: The following data are furnished regularly to the ILO for publication the Yearbook of Labour Statistics., relating to strikes and lockouts: number of strikes and lockouts, number of workers involved, number of days not worked and rates of days not worked, by economic activity.

Confidentiality: Not available.

International standards

Not available.

Methods of data collection

There is a legal obligation applying to employers to report the occurrence of a strike or lockout to the district agencies of the statistical office. A standard form is used for this purpose.