Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fall in Feuds for the North's Bosses

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fall in Feuds for the North's Bosses

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Byline: By Sonia Sharma

Disputes between bosses and workers have fallen in the North East, according to new figures.

Conciliation service Acas has produced an annual report showing there were 3,903 complaints to tribunals last year in the region - a fall of 456 on the previous year and 1,335 fewer than in 2000-01.

Acas received more than 52,400 calls to its helpline from employers and staff in the region.

Ken Hall, North East director of Acas, said the figures bore testimony to the important role of the organisation.

He added: "The North East figure for complaints to tribunals has flattened out over the past few years, which reflects the amount of work Acas does in spreading good practice.

"But we cannot be complacent. The fact we dealt with 113 large-scale disputes last year shows there still needs to be more done for effective partnerships between employers and the workforce."

Bill Moore, senior adviser with Acas, said unfair dismissal was the most common complaint, accounting for 50 per cent of applications. …

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