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TUC: Government “turning a blind eye” to the impact of tribunal fees

Commenting yesterday (Tuesday) after the government published its long-awaited review into the impact of employment tribunal fees, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“The government is turning a blind eye to the impact of tribunal fees.

“The evidence is there for all to see. Thousands are being priced out from pursuing cases each month.

“Charging people up to £1,200 to take claim has been a gift to Britain’s worse bosses. And it’s allowed discrimination at work to flourish unchallenged.

“Until the government commits to abolishing fees its commitment to ‘improve workers rights’ in post-Brexit Britain looks pretty hollow.”

Yesterday’s review admits there has been “a sharp, significant and sustained drop in the volume of tribunal claims following the introduction of fees” with a 68% fall in the number of cases taken.

The review details sharp falls in challenges over sex discrimination (-71%), race discrimination (-55%) and disability discrimination (-51%).

Notes to Editors:

  • The Justice Select Committee, which is a group of cross-bench MPs who carried out an inquiry last year, says that fees are having a significant and damaging impact on genuine claims.
  • All TUC press releases can be found at tuc.org.uk/media
  • TUC Press Office on Twitter: @tucnews

Contacts:

Press Office  T: 020 7467 1248  E: media@tuc.org.uk
Alex Rossiter  T: 020 7467 1285  M: 07887 572130  E: arossiter@tuc.org.uk
Tim Nichols  T: 020 7467 1388  M: 07808 761844  E: tnichols@tuc.org.uk
Elly Gibson (Mon to Thurs) T: 020 7467 1337  M: 07900 910624  E: egibson@tuc.org.uk
Michael Pidgeon  T: 020 7467 1372  M: 07717 531150  E: mpidgeon@tuc.org.uk

 

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