Mediation Cost Savings Recognised at Dispute Resolution Award.
28th November 2011
Minister for employment relations Edward Davey presented Personnel Today´s new award for Innovation in Dispute Resolution to East Sussex County Council for a mediation programme that reduced the number of formal disputes by 47% and also reduced the cost of resolving conflict within the organisation.
Mr Davey stressed the importance of mediation in tackling workplace disputes, an area that the Government announced yesterday it would be looking to improve.
Additionally, the Government announced that it will be piloting two mediation schemes, one within the retail sector in which larger employers will share mediation expertise with small businesses, and another that will create regional mediation networks to provide mediation training to representatives from small local employers.
“It is this idea of mediation that I want to talk about, because I´m passionate about it,” Davey explained last night. “I believe we can really change the whole culture if we get this right.”
“I hope you will note the way that we want to take policy in this area and I hope next year there will be even more examples of how you are sorting out disputes without having to involve lawyers.”