Ending Of Employment Tribunal Fees A Major Victory For Workers

Unanimous ruling by the UK’s Supreme Court is a tremendous victory for the working class. Following a four year legal battle the Supreme Court stated that the British government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced Employment Tribunal fees.

Unison’s victory has secured the right of workers who have experienced unfair or illegal treatment to take their employers to court without having to pay to do so. As is the case with the workers in the six counties, the workers in England, Scotland and Wales now have the right to challenge employers without facing charges of up to £1,200 and those that had paid for the use of the Employment Tribunal will receive a refund from the British government, a sum of over £27 million shared among thousands of workers.

In the 26 counties, following the Workplace Relations Act 2015
for the past two years the Act has empowered the Minister for Jobs to charge fees to employees wishing to bring claims against their employer. RNU maintain that it is a right of the workers to be provided the ability to challenge their employers without charge and fairly, any obstacles be they monetary, bureaucratic, timing etc should be vehemently opposed.