Unions welcome review into introduction of charges for Employment Tribunals

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, Precarity

Employment Tribunal ETThe TUC has welcomed the announcement that there will be a review into the impact of employment tribunal fees, but warned that it must not be a “political stitch-up”.

New figures published by the Ministry of Justice show that the number of single employment tribunal claims brought by individuals between January and March 2015 was 25% lower than over same period in 2014.

The figures also show that single claims are 69% lower than they were between January and March 2013 – shortly before employment fees were introduced

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Tribunal fees have been a gift for Britain’s worse bosses allowing many to flout the law. Charging people up to £1,200 to pursue a claim has priced thousands out of justice and ruined lives.

“Women and the lowest paid have been the worst affected. Individual claims are still falling and are 69 per cent down on their total before fees were first introduced.

“This review is a welcome, if long overdue, announcement. However, it must not shy away from telling hard truths. It has to be transparent and prepared to recommend abolishing the current system.

“If it all it does is come up with half-measures then it is likely to be viewed by many as a political stitch-up. Tribunal fees need to be scrapped urgently.”


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Tim Lezard

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