The Government is trying to restrict injured workers accessing justice by pushing more cases through the small claims court.
Usdaw members injured at work receive a first-class legal service from the union and get to keep 100 per cent of the compensation recovered. Workplace injuries and diseases are often complicated cases that cannot easily be taken by individuals without proper legal representation. Forcing more injured workers though the small claims court means the union’s solicitors cannot recover the costs of the case from negligent employers.
Usdaw General Secretary Paddy Lillis said: “This is an important campaign, not just for injured workers, but will have a knock-on effect for workplace health and safety, as bad employers let standards slip because they know they’re unlikely to face the consequences in court.
“While the employers will continue paying for expensive lawyers, workers with claims worth under £2,000 will be forced to fend for themselves.”
Lobby your MP
The Government needs a rethink, to ensure that there isn’t an unjust restriction on workers accessing justice and the inevitable health and safety consequences.
The best way to persuade the Government is to ask your MP to oppose the raising of the small claims limit for employer and public liability cases.
Support Usdaw’s Justice for Workers campaign by emailing your MP
For further information e-mail: Justice4InjuredWorkers@Usdaw.org.uk