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First Great Western refuses to involve ACAS over management staff recognition

13 January 2015

ACAS approached TSSA last week having become aware of FGW's move to give notice to end TSSA's recognition rights for FGW management staff. They offered to become involved in mediation between the union and the employer. TSSA welcomed this, but was subsequently disappointed to learn that FGW had spurned ACAS's approach.

Yet again, FGW has demonstrated that it is they, rather thanTSSA, that is acting unreasonably in relation tohow industrial relations are conducted.

*The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) is a Government body whose purpose is to improve organisations and working life through the promotion and facilitation of strong industrial relations practice. It may do this through a number of mediums such as arbitration or mediation, although the service is perhaps best known for its collective conciliation function - that is resolving disputes between groups of employees or workers, often represented by a trade union, and their employers. ACASis an independent and impartial organisation that does not side with a particular party, but rather will help the parties to reach suitable resolutions in a dispute.?

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