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Acas, TUC and LOCOG sign agreement to support a smooth delivery of London 2012

Wednesday 16 February 2011

Representatives from Acas, the TUC and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) signed an agreement today (Wednesday) which seeks to ensure workers' grievances that arise during the Olympics are dealt with fairly and speedily, and minimise disruption to the Games.

The LOCOG Games-Time Grievance Resolution Protocol (GRTRP) is designed to deal quickly with practical day-to-day issues that are likely to occur during the Games.

The agreement was prompted by feedback from previous Games where workers reported frustrations with issues dealt with rapidly, which increased stress amongst staff, and sometimes caused wider disruptions to the Games.

The protocol will cover all LOCOG's workforce on site during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, including the 70,000 volunteers that LOCOG is recruiting throughout 2011.

The protocol, which follows on from the principles of co-operation agreed between LOCOG and the TUC in 2008, was signed by TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber, LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe and Acas Chair Ed Sweeney at Congress House today, Wednesday 16 February.

The protocol will not over-ride any existing negotiating agreements with unions and partners involved in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, such as those that exist between the transport unions and rail operators, or the big security companies and the unions they recognise.

Acas Chair Ed Sweeney said:

"We have learnt from what has happened at previous Games and the World Cup in South Africa, where labour disputes spilled over. Acas will fast track any issues that arise to get our staff involved without delay, both in the lead up to and during the Games."

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

"The London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics are going to be the biggest events this country has hosted for decades and will bring together thousands of athletes, hundreds of thousands of workers and millions of spectators.

"It's inevitable with an event this size that day to day practical problems will occur and it's in all our interests to ensure they are dealt with promptly to avoid stress amongst staff and wider disruption to the Games.

"This agreement between unions, employers and the Games organisers will help to ensure that London 2012 will be a huge success for workers, spectators and athletes alike."

LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe said:

"Smooth and stable industrial relations are vital for any major event, and will be even more so for the complex task of staging the world's largest sporting events. 

"We have always enjoyed great support from the trade union movement since the very beginning of the bid, and today's signing of the protocol with the TUC and Acas is a natural next step, underpinning our joint commitment for London 2012 and providing a clear mechanism for the timely and effective resolution of any problems that may arise."

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