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Number of tribunals falls by 30% against 2010 figures

Ministry of Justice statistics show that there was a significant fall in the number of employment tribunal claims between July and September 2011, compared to the same time a year ago. Could this signal the start of a downward trend?

Between July and September last year there were 40,300 cases, representing a decline of 30 per cent on the previous year. Much of this decrease was down to a drop in the number of cases with multiple claimants - these saw a dramatic fall of 41% on the high figures of 2010, which were the result of a large number of holiday claims by airline industry workers. However, there was also an encouraging drop of 1% in the overall number of single claims being brought, bucking the trend of recent years.

While experts feel it may be too early to say whether these statistics actually signal the start of a downward trend after the steady year-on-year increases seen previously, these figures may nevertheless show a levelling-off in the number of claims being brought to tribunal.

Tribunal action should be a last resort when all attempts to resolve the dispute internally have failed. Acas provides training for employers and managers to help address conflict and improve relations in the workplace, and the Acas conciliation service also offers conciliation in cases when someone has a complaint about their employment rights.

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