This is a independent non departmental public body in the UK involved in settling disputes between employers on the one hand and trade unions and workers on the other. It aims resolve disagreements between different parties through arbitration or mediation.
Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service
It was set up in its present form in 1975 as a statutory body under the Employment Protection Act 1975.
In the United Kingdom in the 1970’s and 80’s Acas was regularly in the news helping to negotiate between trade unionists and employers. It was instrumental in helping to end major strikes around the country and in improving employment relations.
It is important to remember that all groups involved in an industrial dispute must believe that Acas is a independent and impartial body, that is not affiliated to any political party or views.
Apart from being a reconciliation service, Acas also provides:-
- Free impartial advice to individuals and employers alike on topics like employee rights, working hours, health and safety etc.
- Run work related training courses, workshops and events on issues like recruitment, to try promote best practice in the workplace.
- Specialist who can offer advice and guidance to companies on worker relations, current legislation, redundancy issues etc.
- Its present Chief Executive is John Taylor, and their headquarters are in London, they also have 11 regional offices spread out around the country.
Acas National (Head Office)
286 Euston Road
Tel: 08457 47 47 47