Employment Tribunal Fees To Be Scrapped
Posted on 8th January 2021 at 17:42
.UNISON have won their claim in the Supreme Court after four years of fighting.
The Supreme Court has ruled in UNISON's favour and declared that employment tribunal fees are unlawful. The Supreme Court found that the government had acted unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced employment tribunal fees.
From today there will no longer be a fee to pay for taking an employer to tribunal. The government will also have to refund £27 million to thousands of people who had to pay to take their employment law claims to tribunal.
Reacting to this morning‘s decision, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The government is not above the law. But when ministers introduced fees they were disregarding laws many centuries old, and showing little concern for employees seeking justice following illegal treatment at work. The government has been acting unlawfully, and has been proved wrong – not just on simple economics, but on constitutional law and basic fairness too. It’s a major victory for employees everywhere. UNISON took the case on behalf of anyone who’s ever been wronged at work, or who might be in future. Unscrupulous employers no longer have the upper hand. These unfair fees have let law-breaking bosses off the hook these past four years, and left badly treated staff with no choice but to put up or shut up. We’ll never know how many people missed out because they couldn’t afford the expense of fees. But at last this tax on justice has been lifted.”
You can read more on UNISON's website by clicking here.
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