UNISON challenges Employment Tribunal fees

Britain’s largest public sector union has launched a legal challenge against the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees which is due to come into force next month.

UNISON has lodged an application in the High Court for judicial review into the introduction of fees which the government is planning to introduce from 29th July 2013 for claims in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeals Tribunal. UNSION argues that the introduction of fees is in breach of EU law and contrary to the principle of access to justice.

According to Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON:

“It is completely wrong for access to the law and employment justice to be based on what you can or cannot afford.  “The Government should not put a price on justice – that is why UNISON is calling for a Judicial Review. These charges are a blatant attempt to stop working people from exercising their employment rights. It will give unscrupulous employers the green light to ride roughshod over employees’ already very basic, rights at work.”

If successful the challenge could be a serious blow to government plans to reduce the number of Employment Tribunal claims, part of its general policy cut ‘red tape’.

We await the outcome with interest.

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