By BridgeNews The number of Australian industrial disputes and the number of working days lost rose from the previous 12 months, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported this week. Australia recorded 758 industrial disputes, up 30% from the 582 disputes recorded in the year ending March 1999. The number of working days lost in the year was 694,100, a 37% increase over the 529,900 days lost the previous year. In the month of March, Australia lost 56,300 working days due to industrial disputes, an 11% fall from the 63,600 days lost in February. The bureau recorded 77 industrial disputes across Australia in March compared with 83 in February. However, it said that March was the second consecutive month with 16 continuing disputes, that is disputes continued from the previous month.