Union pleased over abo­li­tion of hear­ing fees

The Oban Times - - News -

THE AR­GYLL and Bute branch of trade union UNI­SON has wel­comed the news that the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment in­tends to abol­ish fees for em­ploy­ment tri­bunals.

This an­nounce­ment comes the week af­ter UNI­SON vowed to go to the UK Supreme Court in its on­go­ing fight to ap­peal against the UK gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to in­tro­duce em­ploy­ment tri­bunal fees across the UK – af­ter the Court of Ap­peal re­jected UNI­SON’s case.

A spokesman for the branch said: ‘We welcome the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment’s in­ten­tion to abol­ish fees for em­ploy­ment tri­bunals. It is shock­ing and dis­gust­ing that there are fees in the first place.

‘Fees limit ac­cess to tri­bunals for peo­ple in lower-paid jobs, mak­ing the sys­tem un­fair.

‘Also, of­ten it is peo­ple in lower-paid jobs who bear the brunt of un­fair treat­ment in the work­place.’

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