Dear Unite Community,
What’s more, the government will have to refund any fees paid since 2013 — at a cost of about £27m.
It’s a massive win for working people, and we congratulate UNISON for doggedly pursuing this case.
The number of cases taken has dropped by nearly 70%. Low-paid and insecure workers have all but lost their ability to take cases, whether on non-payment of the national minimum wage, unauthorised deductions from pay, or even unfair dismissal. Only union members and the well-off were guaranteed access to justice.
And the number of discrimination cases has gone through the floor too, hurting women, workers with disabilities, black and minority ethnic and LGBT+ workers who have been unfairly treated or harassed.
The fees have been a bonanza for bad bosses, giving them a free rein to mistreat staff. As UNISON rightly argued, access to the courts is a vital component of the rule of law. Working rights aren’t worth the paper they’re written on unless they can be enforced.
Above all, today’s result shows the value of working people standing together in trade unions. This decision will have a lasting impact, making sure people can enforce their employment rights.
The government priced workers out of justice, sending the message that fair treatment is a luxury, not a right. They’ve been proved wrong.
Today’s victory is a great example of the value of working people standing together in trade unions.
TUC General Secretary
Unison: A massive win for our union and a massive win for all workers: https://www.unison.org.uk/news/2017/07/massive-win-union-massive-win-workers/
TUC: Employment Tribunal Fees found to be unlawful: http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2017/07/employment-tribunal-fees-found-unlawful/