Disputes between pub workers and their employers should be resolved quicker after the Government agreed to back reforms to the employment tribunal system. Employment Relations Minister Alan Johnson has agreed to support recommendations made by the Employment System Taskforce in July, which insisted that improvements had to be made because of the rising number of complaints received across all industries. In 1990 there were 31,913 applications registered before tribunals, but by 2001 that figure had risen to 130,408. The changes expected to be introduced over the next three years include: l placing more emphasis on preventing disputes by ensuring effective disciplinary procedures operate in the workplace l commissioning a study to assess if a tribunal's jurisdiction should be widened to include employment discrimination disputes currently dealt with by the courts l asking all parties to disclose relevant documents earlier in the proceedings British Beer & Pub Association spokesman Mark Hastings said: "Things had to change because there are too many cases and there is a back-log. "The changes will give companies more opportunity to solve problems through mediation and internally.