Criticism for Acas’ work dispute plan

first_imgCriticism for Acas’ work dispute planOn 13 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Employershoping that Acas’ long-awaited voluntary arbitration process will reduce thetime and cost of resolving workplace disputes could be disappointed.YvonneBennion, co-author of Courts or Compromise? Routes to Resolving Disputes,believes the Acas scheme could become as rigid, formal and expensive as thecurrent tribunal process.Thereport argues that alternative dispute resolution schemes, such as the oneproposed by Acas, do not guarantee fairness or consistency in outcomes.Bennionsaid, “These cases happen where managers have not taken action swiftlyenough, have not checked out the circumstances of a dispute or kept the rightrecords. “Managershave got the chance to keep down the number of disputes if they address theseissues.”WillHutton, the Industrial Society’s chief executive, said, “The real key toreducing workplace conflict is to make recourse to the law the last resort.Instead, conflict resolution should be embedded in high-quality managementsystems and processes that address the causes of disputes and grievances attheir source.”Speakingat the launch of the Industrial Society report, Acas chairwoman Rita Donaghysaid the voluntary arbitration scheme, which is due to start in the summer, hadmany benefits.She said, “We believe the new scheme will be a faster,cheaper, more private and informal option ñ far less overwhelming than thecourtroom atmosphere of an employment tribunal.” Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more