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News - 13 January 2012

Government's proposals get thumbs-up from Civil Mediation Council.

The Civil Mediation Council has endorsed the minister for employment relations, Edward Davey’s plans to change Britain's approach towards resolving disputes at work.

In a meeting between the Minister and members of the Civil Mediation Council's Workplace Committee, chaired by Clive Lewis and comprising representatives from the private mediation sector, The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the employment relations experts Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service), proposals to promote workplace mediation as an alternative to the current litigious route were discussed.

Paul Randolph, chairman of the communications committee of the Civil Mediation Council, said: "It is most encouraging to see the Government adopting such a pro-active approach to promoting the increased use of mediation in workplace disputes."

The Government's proposals include the setting up of a sector-specific pathfinder project in the retail sector, and the setting up of two regional pilot schemes intended to encourage use of mediation amongst small businesses.

In the long term, the pathfinder will explore how these organisations can work with SME’s and Micros, within their supply chains, to promote the benefits of mediation.

The regional pilots will involve the training of volunteers in workplace mediation skills from businesses located in two different regions. These new mediators will form local mediation networks ensuring that SMEs and Micros, within their network, have access to an independent mediator in the event of a workplace dispute.

Lavinia Newman, Founder of ABDS and a qualified Mediator says:

“It is clear that mediation presents a less costly, less stressful and more empowering way of tackling workplace disputes and I am pleased that the Government share this view.”

For further information about benefits of the ABDS Mediation Services, contact Lavinia Newman.

ABDS Chartered Certified Accountants of Southampton.
Tel: 023 8083 6900  E-mail: abds@netaccountants.net


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