THE Isle of Man’s new Industrial Relations Officer says she is relishing the challenge of maintaining a stable and productive employment environment in the Island.
Julie Bradley has been appointed to the senior position within the Manx Industrial Relations Service (MIRS), taking over from Ian Cochrane who is retiring in May.
She brings a wealth of experience to the role, having served as Deputy Industrial Relations Officer for the past seven years.
Miss Bradley said: ‘I will continue to work with employers, employees and trade unions to promote good industrial relations in the Island, and I am committed to maintaining the level of service that Ian Cochrane and I have built up in recent years. These are challenging times for the Island and the Manx Industrial Relations Service will continue to respond to people’s needs by providing impartial, confidential and professional advice on good employment practice.’
MIRS is an independent, Government-funded service and uses channels such as conciliation, mediation and arbitration to resolve a wide range of disputes and complex employment-related issues.
Its main objectives include promoting a clear and practical understanding of legislation, encouraging a non-adversarial approach, and offering conciliation on complaints to the Employment Tribunal.
Miss Bradley, who previously worked as an Employee Relations Adviser and Recruitment Manager for the Isle of Man Government, said: ‘We are focused on helping people to avoid problems and confrontations by finding a solution to their issues. A stable industrial relations environment benefits employers and employees, and plays its part in supporting economic growth in the Island.’
Chief Secretary Will Greenhow said: ‘I would like to welcome Julie to her new role and I am sure she will work hard to maintain the high level of service provided by the Manx Industrial Relations Service.’