Speaking to Congress, Frances O’Grady
– TUC General secretary said: ‘Think about that basic
principle of democracy: equality before the law.
‘If a burglar robbed your house you wouldn’t
be expected to pay upfront for the privilege of seeing him taken to
court. So if your boss robs you of holiday pay, why on earth should
you have to find more than £1,000 to see justice done in an
‘It‘s plain wrong that workers are priced out
of justice. So – and let’s demand it – we want those employment
tribunal fees scrapped, once and for all.’
John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary
says: ‘I am delighted to hear that the TUC is making
workers access to justice a campaigning priority.
‘Upfront employment tribunal fees have had a
significant effect on the ability of workers to seek justice when
they have been treated unfairly by their employers. The
Government’s own figures show there has been a dramatic drop in
tribunal claims since the introduction of 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.
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