What Can Strathesk Resolutions Do For You?

Strathesk Resolutions specialises in helping businesses to identify, resolve and, ideally, avoid individual or collective problems with their staff through targeted analysis, mediation, training, coaching and mentoring. We draw on years of experience working collaboratively and constructively to achieve the right outcome to complex industrial relations situations.  We deliver straightforward advice, training and solutions that […]

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Brexit in the workplace – what now?

The long and the short of it is that nothing will change immediately – the impact of European case law remains unchanged, albeit the vast, vast majority of case law originates through the UK’s Employment Tribunal system (primarily at EAT and Court of Appeal). EU Directives on Employment Law are implemented through enactment into UK […]

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A Week to Celebrate Volunteers

National Volunteers’ Week runs through until 12th June 2016, so I thought I’d flag it up and take the opportunity to explore an activity that has become increasingly politicised. Volunteering is one of the great industrial relations controversies of recent times, albeit one that bubbles along underneath the ones that grab the bigger headlines (fancy more austerity, […]

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Here Comes the Trade Union Act 2016 (but is time running out for the union movement?)

So, the Trade Union Act slunk onto the Statute Book on 5th May. We now know what it says, but do we know what it means? The short answer is “sort of”, but it’s very close to “not really”… What we do know is that among other things: any industrial action needs to follow a […]

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Depression Awareness Week – talking about it definitely makes things better…

I didn’t want to see Depression Awareness Week pass without doing at least a little to promote it. Why? Because mental health is still a massive taboo in UK workplaces, with many people going through agonies to stop their colleagues, and especially their bosses, from finding out that they’re ill. Only this week I was […]

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Who’s to Blame for Blame Culture…?

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I remember a former CEO doing a Q&A session at an all-staff meeting. After various questions about the direction the organisation was going, someone asked about blame culture – the response was robust: “I won’t tolerate blame culture – if it happens, the individuals responsible will be identified and held accountable”. In spite of the […]

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Accredited Mediator

While my previous career involved mediating between various parties on a regular basis, I’d never had my skills in this respect properly reflected through accreditation, so I decided it was time to address that. Thanks to training provided by The Mediation Partnership, I am now accredited mediator. The training was both interesting and challenging, featuring […]

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A Port in a storm…

So, almost unnoticed behind the stramash of George Osborne’s eighth budget, the Government has been defeated again in the House of Lords over it’s Trade Union Bill.  As before, the headlines are all about the impact on Labour Party funding.  As before, the implications for trade unions and workers’ rights to organise themselves and, in […]

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Your Human Rights – do you know what you need to know?

In delivering a course on Human Rights, I learnt that we all know less than we ought to, and concluded that Human Rights are a key Industrial Relations issue. During September and October, I was proud to be working with the Workers’ Educational Association Scotland in delivering a training course titled Whit’s Sae Wrang Wi’ […]

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The future for Employment Tribunal fees?

Applications to the Employment Tribunal in Great Britain have nose-dived since fees were introduced in 2014. But is it good for 70% more people to bite their lip? And is there an alternative to calling their bluff? Recent Employment Tribunal figures show that the total number of claims for unfair dismissal in Great Britain fell […]

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