Citation Employment Law Over 300,000 Working Days Lost Due to Disputes Last Year

Disputes with your workforce are both time consuming and costly, not to mention potentially damaging to your business, reputation and productivity.

Having procedures in place to deal with conflicts which may arise with employees will help minimise any cost and potential damage to your business. Conflicts should be addressed and resolved as quickly and amicably as possible.

New figures reveal the number of working days lost through industrial disputes in the UK has rocketed in recent months.

According to the Office for National Statistics, around 374,000 working days were lost during the 12 months leading up to October 2009, with 90 separate stoppages occurring mainly in the public sector.

-Employment disputes and conflicts have a huge impact on small to medium sized businesses, not only financial but they are increasingly more damaging to staff morale and productivity. Creating a culture with open dialogue and issuing employee handbooks and contracts of employment are all steps Citation advise its clients take to create a happy workforce and limit the potential for disputes,- says Andrea O’Hare, Head of Personnel and Employment Law at Citation.

In recent months all organisations have been directly affected by the postal workers’ strikes. These account for the majority of the days lost in 2009, although there were also disputes involving council and transport workers that led to industrial action last year. It is estimated that around 200,000 workers took industrial action during the 12-month period, including 177,000 in October alone at the height of the postal dispute.

Citation can help you limit the soaring solicitor’s fees you are faced with when dealing with an employee dispute. Citation gives you the confidence your business needs to limit any associated damage and follow the correct procedures.

For further information on how we can help contact our Personnel and Employment specialists on 01625 415 500 or e-mail .

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