‘Win’ for work­ers af­ter tri­bunal fees are ditched

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

THE Govern­ment is to im­me­di­ately stop charg­ing em­ploy­ment tri­bunal fees and re­fund those who have al­ready paid, af­ter a land­mark Supreme Court rul­ing.

The Min­istry of Jus­tice said it ac­cepted a Supreme Court judg­ment in favour of union Uni­son which fought a fouryear bat­tle against fees of up to £1,200 for tak­ing a case to a tri­bunal.

It claimed thou­sands of work­ers were de­terred by the charge and priced out by charges over the last four years. Uni­son also claimed the fees dis­crim­i­nated against women.

The court ruled the Govern­ment was act­ing un­law­fully when it in­tro­duced the fees four years ago.

Ac­cord­ing to the Mid­lands TUC, there has been a 72 per cent drop in tri­bunal ac­tion in the Mid­lands since the charges were in­tro­duced – with 8,385 cases in the Mid­lands in 2012-13 fall­ing to 2,346 by 2016/17.

Mid­lands TUC Re­gional Sec­re­tary Lee Bar­ron said: “This is a mas­sive win for work­ing peo­ple in the Mid­lands. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Uni­son for doggedly pur­su­ing this case. The re­sult shows the value of work­ing peo­ple stand­ing to­gether in trade unions.

“Low-paid work­ers across the Mid­lands were priced out of jus­tice, even when they’ve been faced with ha­rass­ment or have been sacked un­fairly.”

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