Public Sector: ACAS steps in to settle Haringey media staff spat

The London Borough of Haringey's press office spat was settled this week when former media staff at the council agreed to a pay-off.

The agreement follows intervention by the Advisory Conciliatory and Arbitration Service (ACAS), which specialises in disputes between employers and trade unions.

The dispute was prompted by the council's review of its comms team following consultancy with agency Marina Pirotta Communications (MPC), which recommended streamlining the department from eight to five positions.

Staff were asked to reapply for the roles available, prompting a walk-out.

A council spokesman said: 'The council attempted to engage with its employees throughout the review of communications, but our repeated efforts to consult staff and their representatives did not meet with a response. Ultimately, we resorted to the services of ACAS and are pleased to reach an agreement with the staff.'

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