Judicial Review on Employment Tribunal Fees

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On Monday, 29th July, our blog gave details of the fees that workers would have to pay to take their employer to an employment tribunal that came into effect that day. Unison, of the UK’s biggest unions, has been granted permission to seek a judicial review of the introduction of these fees and the hearing will taken place sometime in October. Unison general secretary, Len McCluskey said: “The introduction of punitive fees for taking a claim to an employment tribunal, would give the green light to unscrupulous employers to ride roughshod over already basic workers’ rights,” he said. “The Government should not put a price on justice. It is disappointing that in the interim fees will still be paid, but we will be making a strong case for a judicial review in October because we believe that these fees are unfair and should be dropped.” The TUC have also attacked the introduction of the fees. TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady said: “Today is a great day for Britain’s worst bosses. “By charging up-front fees for harassment and abuse claims the Government is making it easier for employers to get away with the most appalling behaviour. “These reforms are part of a wider campaign to get rid of workers’ basic rights at work. Its only achievement will be to price vulnerable people out of justice.” Let’s wait and see what happens!

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