UNISON is in the High Court this week arguing its case at a Judicial Review Hearing against the Government’s introduction of Employment Tribunal fees.
The union is publicising new figures from the Government which show a significant drop in the number of individual claims being taken. The statistics are not straightforward as there are a number of large on-going claims which skew the figures, but the underlying trend is a massive fall in claimants.
Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON said:
“The latest Government statistics show a significant drop in the number of individual claims being taken to employment tribunals, which is precisely why UNISON is challenging these unfair fees. Putting a price on justice is immoral and allows unscrupulous employers to ride roughshod over the employment rights of their workers.
“Experience shows that the balance in the workplace favours the employers and pricing workers out of court is unfair and underhand. We are pleased that the Equality and Human Rights Commission are backing our case and intervening in the proceedings tomorrow.
“We believe our arguments are strong and the case is a good one and we look forward to a positive outcome.”