Is arbitration of an industrial dispute that can be activated by either of the parties involved. At certain periods of time, unilateral arbitration has been an important feature of UK industrial relations, particularly within the public sector. In the 1980s, access to unilateral arbitration was withdrawn for some groups of public sector workers by the Conservative government. It was believed that the principle strengthened unions and compromised management's right to manage.
Subjects: Human Resource Management.