Massive Moral And Legal Victory For Workers Against Tory Unfair Policy
The Tory government have been defeated by the Trade Union movement and specifically by UNISON in the Supreme Court of Justice in London today, as the imposition of Employment Tribunal Fees by the Tory/Liberal coalition government; was judged to be unfair and illegal because it prevents workers from seeking justice against bad employers and their discriminatory and victimising practices.
Anyone in England, Scotland and Wales wanting to pursue a case against their employer has had to find as much as £1,200.
Not only that, the Government is now forced to refund all payments made in previous cases brought since the charges were imposed in July 2013, by then Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling! This comes to more than £27 million paid out by thousands of people charged for taking claims to tribunals.
From today, Wednesday 26th July 2017 onwards, working people now have the right to take their employer to an Employment Tribunal without having to pay literally thousands of pounds in fees before being able to do so, if they have been treated illegally or unfairly by their employer.
UNISON's General Secretary, Dave Prentis had this to say following the ruling today issued by Lord Reed and Lady Hale of the Supreme Court:
“The government is not above the law. But when ministers introduced fees they were disregarding laws many centuries old, and showing little concern for employees seeking justice following illegal treatment at work."
Concluding, he said:
The TUC responded immediately the judgement was announced today, with General Secretary Frances O'Grady issueing a press release:
“This is a massive win for working people. Congratulations to UNISON for doggedly pursuing this case. Today’s result shows the value of working people standing together in trade unions.
You can download and read the full judgement in PDF format by clicking on the judgement cover page above.
Source: C Ingram / Supreme Court / UNISON / TUC