Ideally, the records should be constructed according to the following format:

  1. Definitions. The terms, definitions and measurement as stated by the ILO (1993) will be used.
  2. Coverage. The statistics should cover the whole nation or any specific region, and go back in time as far as possible
  3. Basic data to be collected includes:
    1. Strikes, lockouts and other expressions of class struggle as covered in 1.
    2. The number of workers involved in these actions
    3. The duration of these actions in days regardless of year or season
    4. The amount of time not worked by workers directly, indirectly or secondary involved in these actions
    5. The number and names of the companies involved, including conglomerates to which they belong
    6. The demand(s) that caused the actions
    7. The outcome of the actions and method of settlement
    8. The calendar date of the actions
    9. The geographical position of the action (if possible the longitude and latitude)
    10. The profession of the workers consistent with the Historical International Classification of Occupations (HISCO)
    11. The economic sector according to the International Standard Industrial Classification
    12. The workers' and/or employers' organizations concerned
    13. Was the action official or unofficial (wildcat)
    14. Special groups of workers (e.g. women, children, immigrants)
    15. An account (if possible in English, otherwise in the national language)
  4. Sources
    1. If available, the official, national statistics
    2. Yearbooks, magazines, leaflets, books etc. issued by workers' and/or employers' organizations or others
    3. Newspapers, the World Wide Web