Workers union Unison has won a landmark battle to scrap employment tribunal fees.
After a four year battle the UK Supreme Court has passed judgement in favour of public section union Unison that has been battling against fees that would be charged for taking an employment case to tribunal.
The government will also have to refund over £27 million to thousands of people that have been charged for taking claims to a tribunal since July 2013.
This is back to when the fees we introduced by the then lord chancellor Chris Grayling in David Cameron’s government
The Unison general secretary Dave Prentis has said ““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.”
Unison is the largest trade union in the Uk and have said “These unfair fees have let law-breaking bosses off the hook these past four years, and left badly treated staff with no choice but to put up or shut up.”
Unison has also said the decision means that employment tribunal fees will now be scrapped.
It was also said that “We’ll never know how many people missed out because they couldn’t afford the expense of fees, but at last this tax on justice has been lifted.’
The trade union lawyers said that the number of tribunal claims for women accusing their bosses of sex discrimination fell off a cliff after the charges were introduced and low paid worker didn’t bring forward claims purely because they just couldn’t afford the costs that were up to £1200 upfront. The supreme court have said
‘We will take immediate steps to stop charging fees in employment tribunals and put in place arrangements to refund those who have paid. We will also further consider the detail of the judgment.’