UNISON legal victory sees employment tribunal fees scrapped

26 July 2017
Employment tribunal fees will be scrapped after PSI’s UK affiliate UNISON won a landmark court victory against the government on 26 July. Supreme Court verdict follows four-year fight by union and is a victory for everyone in work.

As a direct result of UNISON’s legal challenge, from 26 July, anyone who has been treated illegally or unfairly at work will no longer have to pay to take their employers to court .

The government will also have to refund more than £27m to the thousands of people charged for taking claims to tribunals  since July 2013, when fees were introduced by then Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling.

Dave Prentis, UNISON general secretary and PSI President said:

"It’s a major victory for employees everywhere. UNISON took the case on behalf of anyone who’s ever been wronged at work, or who might be in future. Unscrupulous employers no longer have the upper hand.


“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.


“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.”


For more information see UNISON's full press release

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