Employment tribunal fees

The trade union UNISON is continuing its battle through the courts to challenge the Tribunal fees introduced by the government recently.

UNISON say that the fees break EU law by denying access to justice.

Their first challenge was not successful, because they did not have sufficient evidence to support their claims. But the statistics are now clear – Tribunal claims have dropped by 79% in a year.

The argument that access to justice has been denied would seem to be gathering momentum.

UNISON have already secured a concession from the government, and claimants who are successful will now generally have their fees reimbursed.

UNISON have everything to fight for, and eagerly await the decision of the Court of Appeal.