Employment tribunal fees price workers out of justice


Despite ministers’ assertions that the change was needed to prevent unfounded and vexatious claims, no evidence has emerged that shows the drastic decline is attributable to the falling of such claims. On the contrary, evidence gathered by the TUC, Citizens Advice Scotland, Citizens Advice (England and Wales), the Law Society of Scotland and the universities of Bristol and Strathclyde shows that workers with genuine cases are being prevented from lodging their claims simply because of their inability to pay the fees.

This effectively means that a growing number of unlawful employment practices are going unpunished. When ministers say it’s not right that taxpayers should foot the bill for employment tribunals, they overlook the fact that the workers bringing claims are themselves taxpayers.

The government is currently reviewing its fees policy. It must, as part of this process, conduct a full equality impact assessment highlighting just how the charges are affecting workers bringing claims relating to sex, age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation. Workers’ access to justice cannot be guaranteed while fees remain in place. The government must end this unfair and inequitable policy by abolishing fees at the first opportunity.

Frances O’Grady General secretary, Trades Union Congress
Len McCluskey General secretary, Unite the Union
Carolyn Jones Director, Institute of Employment Rights
Andrew Alexander The Law Society of Scotland
Andrew Caplan President, The Law Society of England and Wales 
Margaret Lynch Chief Executive, Citizens Advice Scotland
John Hendy QC Old Square Chambers
Keith Ewing Professor of public law, King’s College London
Nicole Busby Professor of labour law, University of Strathclyde 
Morag McDermont Professor of socio-legal studies, University of Bristol

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1 Response to Employment tribunal fees price workers out of justice

  1. Anamul Hoque ( 07882829606 says:

    I working with TSS (Total security services ltd since December 2011 to present recently One of the Operation Manager text me they will reduce my wages from £10.50 to £8.50 per hour. Is it fair ? also I’m not getting hours like before. Over all they’re not good enough with me. They give lots of tension so I don’t know what I need to do because I have got family. Since 2017 I’m receiving £10.50 per hour. I have got all payslips and P60 including My Job reference letters where’s mentions my hourly pay rate. Thanks

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