first_imgTribunal numbers tumble as early resolutions riseOn 4 Mar 2003 in Early conciliation, Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The number of disgruntled workers going through employment tribunals hasfallen by 18 per cent, according to the latest figures. The Office of Tribunals said the number of staff lodging an application tostart tribunal proceedings fell from 128,000 in 2001 to 105,000 last year. It attributed the fall to improved conciliation and negotiation methods, andan increase in the amount of cases resolved at an early stage by employers. However, research commissioned by law firm Peninsula to coincide with theresults warns that a raft of legislation including flexible working, discriminationand equal pay questionnaires, could send future numbers soaring. The study also included a poll of more than 800 employers, which shows that83 per cent think more effort should be made to resolve disputes before theyreach tribunal. In addition, more than eight out of 10 organisations feel it’s currently tooeasy for staff to take employers to tribunal, while three-quarters said the UKemployment litigation process has got out of hand. Peninsula’s managing director Peter Done said employers must ensure theright HR measures are in place and focus on developing systems to resolvedisputes before going to tribunal. “Although we have seen a slight dip in tribunal applications, I fear itmay only be short-lived,” he said. “We have a raft of new workerrights being introduced which will begin to feed into the tribunal system bythe end of the year.” By Ross read more