Britain’s largest public sector union has launched a legal challenge against new employment tribunal rules which come into force next month.
Unison has applied to the High Court in London for a judicial review to stop charges of up to £1,000 being introduced to take employers to tribunal.
The union claims the fees will deter badly-treated workers from seeking justice.
Dave Prentis, Unison general secretary, told his union’s annual conference in Liverpool: “The Tories see opportunity, opportunity to reduce wages, cut sick pay and impoverish our future.
“They want to take away our employment rights with punitive charges to access justice.
“These brutal charges – up to £1,000 to take a case to an employment tribunal – are a devastating denial of justice.
“Wages are in freefall, except for those who caused the crisis in the first place, our public services are being savaged and politicians talk about austerity when they mean cruelty and vindictiveness.”
The new legislation is aimed at simplifying the employment tribunal process and striking out cases which have little chance of success.
Fees are being introduced which means all employment tribunal claims presented to HM Courts & Tribunals Service will be liable for payment of a fee or an application for fee remission under the HM Courts & Tribunals Service remissions scheme.
Harvey Harding, head of private client services at PM Law, insists it is vital employers and employees fully understand the new rules.
He said: “It is important that employers and HR departments who deal with employment law on an everyday basis fully understand the adjustments. The changes also affect employees, particularly if they need to pursue action through the employment tribunal process.
“Our team of Employment Law experts at PM Law solicitors in Sheffield can give jargon-free advice about the new legislation and assist with the tribunal process if necessary.”
For more information about the changes visit http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2013/9780111538654
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