Government encourages conciliation

Employment
disputes should be tackled where possible through workplace conciliation rather
than by going to tribunals, the Government has suggested.

Employment
relations minister Alan Johnson said the Government was to look closely at the
whole process of employment dispute resolution.

"Litigation
is costly for business, while the price an employee pays is stress and
uncertainty and possibly damage to their employment prospects, when many
disputes could perhaps have been resolved satisfactorily in the workplace at an
early stage," he said.

A
consultation paper on the issue is due to be published shortly, said the DTI.

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