Introduction of fees in the Employment Tribunal facing challenge

A press release has been issued by Unison confirming it is applying to the High Court to judicially review the decision to introduce fees in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeals Tribunal.

Unison believes that the introduction of fees will, contrary to EU law, make it virtually impossible for a worker to exercise their rights under employment law. In addition, it also believes that the introduction of fees will indirectly discriminate against women who (typically on average) earn less than men.

The General Secretary of Unison, Dave Prentis, stated:

“The Government should not put a price on justice – that is why Unison is calling for a judicial review. These charges are a blatant attempt to stop working people from exercising their employment rights. It will give unscrupulous employers the green light to ride roughshod over employees’ already very basic rights at work.”

The press release issued does not make it clear whether Unison has actually lodged their application in the High Court yet.

It remains to be seen whether this application will have any effect on the proposed fees implementation date of 29 July 2013.

For more information, please contact a member of Devonshires’ Employment team.

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