Acas referred to Central Arbitration Committee over ongoing PCS dispute

5 January 2017

The conciliation service Acas has been referred by PCS to the CAC, the independent body with statutory powers and judicial responsibilities, in its ongoing dispute over service restructuring.

The CAC, which is staffed by Acas employees, has been asked by PCS to intervene. This follows the announcement by Acas on 20 October that its office in Bootle, Merseyside would close with the staff expected to move to Manchester, and it is also ceasing helpline operations in 6 other locations, which will leave 4 from the current 11.
Acas is claiming that there will be no redundancies as a result of the Bootle office closure, and is suggesting that many staff could either move to Manchester or work from home, however this does not take into account the personal circumstances of our individual members.
Acas provides information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems. Ironically, PCS is of the view that Acas had not consulted with us and our members over the office closure plans in line with our existing agreement and we have made an application to the CAC over this failure. The CAC has now referred the matter to Acas for conciliation under the regulations.
It was announced in the New Year's Honours that Acas CEO Anne Sharp is to be made a CBE for her services to workplace relations. We hope she can use her talents and knowledge in workplace relations to resolve the ongoing dispute between Acas and PCS.

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