External Advice in resolving a grievance
When the Bishop determines that the grievance/complaint should be resolved by arbitration then the Bishop will appoint an arbiter.
The parties to a grievance must indicate in writing their agreement to abide by the final decision of the Bishop made on the recommendation of the arbiter.
All parties to the conflict are then to assist the arbiter understand the grievance/complaint in such manner as the arbiter determines. Depending on the type of conflict and issues involved, this step may take several meetings and some time to work through.
The arbiter will advise the Bishop of her/his decision.
The Bishop may accept or refer the decision of the arbiter back to the arbiter for further consideration.
Once the Bishop has accepted the arbiter’s decision it will be communicated to all parties and regarded as final. The Bishop shall authorise the implementing of the arbiter’s determination.
Where the parties do not agree to abide by the final decision of the Bishop made on the recommendation of the arbiter, the Bishop shall make such decisions as he believes will assist the wellbeing of as many people as possible who are parties to the grievance/conflict. Such decisions shall be final.
Policy Updated – 5 July 2020