A decision by the High Court is expected next month on a union’s challenge to the Government’s introduction of employment tribunal fees.
Unison, the UK’s largest union, has been in the High Court arguing its case at a Judicial Review Hearing against the Government’s plan.
From July this year fees must now be paid to bring tribunals in a bid by the Government to reduce the number of frivolous claims.
Under the new rules it could now cost over £1,000 for a worker to take their employer to a tribunal.
Cases such as unfair dismissal will carry the higher charges and lower fees will be applicable for matters such as unpaid invoices.
New figures from the Government show a significant drop in the number of individual claims made since the introduction of the fees.
Unison insist the statistics are not straightforward as there are a number of large on-going claims which skew the figures, but the underlying trend is a fall in claimants.
Dave Prentis, General Secretary of Unison said: “The latest Government statistics show a significant drop in the number of individual claims being taken to employment tribunals, which is precisely why Unison is challenging these unfair fees.
“Putting a price on justice is immoral and allows unscrupulous employers to ride roughshod over the employment rights of their workers.
“Experience shows that the balance in the workplace favours the employers and pricing workers out of court is unfair and underhand.
We are pleased that the Equality and Human Rights Commission are backing our case and intervening in the proceedings.
“We believe our arguments are strong and the case is a good one and we look forward to a positive outcome.”