Tags: Dispute resolution

1million local authority employees strike today as new research claims they are £2,245 worse off in real terms

Since the government took office, ministers have either frozen public sector pay or limited pay increases to well below the cost of living, leaving local government workers, NHS staff, teachers, firefighters, civil servants and other public servants on average £2,245 worse off in real terms, says the TUC. The figures have been published on the…

If 40 Technicians choose to strike, then whole Underground faces Bank Holiday closure

The London Underground faces a complete close down this bank holiday weekend, as the workers, who control the power to run the trains, prepare to strike in a dispute over pay differentials. The 40 technicians, mostly members of Unite, the country’s largest union, are based at the power control room in Blackfriars Road, London, SE1…

How will early conciliation affect the conduct of Tribunal claims?

From 6 April 2014, anyone wishing to issue an Employment Tribunal claim must first contact the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) to consider conciliation of their potential claim. If claimants do not contact ACAS to consider conciliation their Tribunal claim will be rejected; these are mandatory requirements for most types of Employment Tribunal claims.…

Modernised Mediation Service to resolve IP disputes

The Intellectual Property (IP) Minister, Lord Younger, has announced a modernised Mediation Service designed to make it cheaper and quicker for small businesses to resolve their intellectual property disputes. It has been revealed that the new Mediation Service will provide alternative solutions to what otherwise can often lead to costly and extensive court cases. According…

Violent incidents in the workplace on the rise

A survey by UNISON Scotland reveals that there has been a huge increase in the number of violent incidents being reported to employers. The annual survey which highlights the number of violent incidents reported to public service employers found that 34,739 staff reported occurrences last year, which is almost 15,000 more than when it was…

Acas helped end over 80% of disputes

Independent research by Acas has found that Acas intervention in industrial disputes helps reach a settlement in over eight out of ten cases. Of the employers and trade unions questioned, 68% said that without Acas help the dispute would have taken longer to resolve. They also reported longer term workplace benefits from using Acas, including:…

Mediation a winner in tackling disputes at work

More employers should consider using mediation at work to help resolve disputes and avoid potentially costly and stressful employment tribunal claims, according to workplace relations expert Acas. Mediation is an informal way of resolving disagreements or disputes in the workplace and can prevent disagreement escalating. However an Acas study carried out in 2011 found that…

Tribunal reform – Mediation pilot scheme launched

Employment Relations Minister, Edward Davey, has announced a new mediation scheme aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the Government’s latest steps in reforming the Employment Tribunal system. Cambridge and Manchester will pilot the first regional mediation networks where the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will fund mediation training for employees from a…

Council workers in Southampton to strike over sackings

Employees at Southampton City Council are planning industrial action – with some going on strike – in protest to the council sacking thousands of workers and then re-employing them on altered terms and conditions. The staff involved include care workers, street cleaners, refuse collectors, social workers, parking enforcement officers, building trades and various other services.…

Redundancy and workforce disputes remain the biggest staffing headaches for small business owners, according to the Forum of Private Businesses (FPB). However, it also finds fewer business owners seeking help, suggesting, it says, that employment issues could be becoming less pressing concerns as the economy recovers. In total, 38% of calls made to the FPB’s…