Tribunal Fees to remain for now

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Employment Tribunal fees were introduced in July 2013. Basically there is a 2 tier rate and as a reminder they are:

Type A claims (Wages or refusal to allow time off) Issue Fee £160
Hearing Fee £230

Type B claims (Discrimination or Dismissal) Issue Fee £250
Hearing Fee £950

Unison challenged this introduction of fees on 4 grounds:
  • The introduction of fees was going to make it difficult for those individuals who had suffered discrimination or unfair treatment to exercise their right to justice;
  • The cost for bringing a small claim to a County court and the Tribunal fees were incomparable and disproportionate;
  • The Government had failed in its duty to help eliminate discrimination;
  • The higher fee which relates to discrimination cases adversely impacted minority groups and women;
The main reason why Unison failed in their bid to overturn Tribunal fees was that their case was considered ‘premature’. There are no real robust statistics of evidence that supports Unisons’ argument. However, the Government were reminded that should such evidence become available then it has a duty to review Tribunal fees.

As for now Unison are preparing their appeal.

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