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Acas opens debate on new ways of dealing with disputes

Tuesday 11 October 2005

A new initiative to encourage debate about key employment issues was launched today by Acas.

It takes the form of policy discussion papers dealing with the key issues of the day in the employment relations world. The first paper, dealing with alternative dispute resolution (ADR) makes the case for using a neutral third party to help employers and employees sort out their differences at an early stage in the workplace, before matters get to the employment tribunal stage.

Rita Donaghy, Acas Chair said:

"Extending the use of ADR makes common sense. If organisations can sort out molehills before they become mountains not only does it cut down the expense and worry of an employment tribunal it should help improve employment relations in the long term. Working together in a constructive and cooperative manner can benefit all organisations - large and small, public and private sector.

"With the wealth of experience that Acas has in employment relations I am sure the content of these papers will be of great interest to people in the employment relations world."

Notes to editors

The policy discussion paper was written by Acas' Strategy Unit - Sarah Podro and Rachel Suff.

Acas' aim is to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. It provides information, advice, training and a range of services working with employers and employees to prevent or resolve problems and improve performance. It is an independent statutory body governed by a Council consisting of the Acas Chair and employer, trade union and independent members.