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Sharing information with international employment relations agencies

The 8th International Employment Relations Agencies Conference and Symposium - shared challenges, common goals

Acas is pleased to be hosting the 8th Symposium of International Employment Agencies in Cardiff between 6 and 9 September 2011.

In an economically challenging era with globalisation and the growth of multinational companies, the Symposium will help to shape employment relations best practice worldwide. It will bring together Acas and its equivalent agencies from the USA, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Northern Ireland.

The Symposium's focus areas will be dispute resolution, workplace improvement and strategies for improved employee engagement, including the roles of trade unions and other employee bodies, employers and line managers.

Research conference

Acas Chair Ed Sweeney with senior representatives of the international dispute resolution agencies On 7 September, a one day conference, co-hosted with the Cardiff Business School, bought together senior representatives of the international dispute resolution agencies with other leading commentators in the employment relations field.

The keynote speaker Acas Chair Ed Sweeney. Read the summary:

pdf icon International Perspectives on the Future of Work [85kb]

Sharing information

Part of the wider objective of the annual meeting of international organisations is to share latest research and policy thinking with each other, and wider stakeholders. To facilitate this we have set up a shared resource below which will link key papers from Acas and the other member organisations.

Latest publications include:

pdf icon Unlocking Engagement: A Review of the 'Innovative Workplaces' Initiative [1Mb]

A review of Acas' initiative to provide in depth support to organisations seeking to enhance employee engagement.

Acas report on the future of employment relations in Great Britain

Acas is one of the sponsors of the internationally renowned Workplace Employment Relations Survey (WERS). The 6th WERS study is currently underway. For further information on the study and other sponsors see

To see other Acas research and policy papers see Research section.