Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Society chief calls for dispute law reviewOn 29 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The Industrial Society has called for the Government to consider compulsoryarbitration in disputes damaging to essential public services and the widereconomy. Research shows the South West Trains strike alone is costing £6.1m a day inlost gross domestic product and the action affects almost one in five Londoncommuters. Will Hutton, the Industrial Society’s chief executive has written to theTrade and Industry Secretary asking for a review of the case for introducinglegislation to enforce arbitration in certain actual and potential industrialdisputes. “It is important to be realistic about the context for review. Thesociety does not believe there has been, or is about to be an explosion inindustrial militancy,” he said. “Our concern is the failure to make adequate use of the arbitrationoption to help resolve disputes that are both protracted and highly damaging tolarge numbers of customers and the wider economy.” A spokesman for the DTI said: “Where industrial disputes are concerned,we believe it is a matter for the company and its workforce.” He said 7.2 million working days were lost to strike action each year duringthe 1980s, compared with 473,000 days to November 2001.