The Government introduced Tribunal Fees 4 years ago, which were introduced by the then Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling in July 2013. Anyone in England, Scotland and Wales wanting to pursue a case against their employer has had to find as much as £1,200. This was a huge expense for many low paid employees.
UNISON won a landmark court victory on 26th July 2017, against the Government, which means that Tribunal fees will now be scrapped. The Supreme Court, the UK’s highest court, has unanimously ruled that the Government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally.
From today, anyone who has been treated illegally or unfairly at work will no longer have to pay to take their employers to court as a direct result of UNISON’s legal challenge. In addition to this the Government will have to refund more than £27m to the thousands of people charged for taking claims to Tribunals since July 2013.
Dave Prentis, UNISON’s General Secretary said “It is a major victory for employees everywhere UNISON took the case on behalf of anyone who’s ever been wronged at work, or who might be in the future. Unscrupulous employers no longer have the upper hand.
We think you will agree that this is a massive victory.