There were just two industrial disputes over the first three months of the year resulting in the loss of 228 days at the firms involved.

Official figures from the Central Statistics Office say 107 workers were involved in industrial action during the first quarter.

In February 100 workers at the Roadstone Wood quarry in Dublin, owned by CRH, downed tools in a dispute over the closure of a canteen at the site.

That work stoppage accounted for the bulk of days lost between January and March.

In the same period in 2012 there were 161 days lost due to industrial action.

The figures for the first quarters of 2012 and 2013 are substantially lower than comparable figures for the six preceeding years.

Over the first three months of each year between 2006 and 2011 an average of more than 4,000 days were lost.