The Ministry of Justice has published
tribunal quarterly statistics for the period September to December,
which show that employment tribunal cases have dropped to 9,801
from 45,710 for the same period last year.
John Hannett - Usdaw General
Secretary says: “It is very disturbing to see the effect
that upfront employment tribunal fees have had on the ability of
workers to seek justice when they have been treated unfairly by
their employers. It gives me absolutely no satisfaction to say this
is exactly what we predicted when the Government first proposed the
introduction of these fees.
“The truth is that most workers who want to
seek justice from a bad employer will need the support of their
trade union. Usdaw members know that if they ever have the
misfortune of needing redress from an employment tribunal, and if
their case has reasonable prospects of success, we will support
them with legal advice, representation and they will not need to
pay the tribunal fees.
“This Government policy has proved to be
unjust and workers should take the message to get protected by
joining a trade union.”
Notes for Editors:
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive
and Allied Workers) is the UK's fourth biggest and the
fastest growing trade union with over 432,000 members. Membership
has increased by more than 17% in the last five years and by nearly
a third in the last decade. Most Usdaw members work in the retail
sector, but the Union also has many members in transport,
distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.
Ministry of Justice Tribunals
Quarterly Statistics - October to December 2013:
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