05:22, July 26 119 0 theguardian.com

2017-07-26 05:22:03
Union wins court fight against steep fees for unfair dismissal claims

A union has won a landmark case to quash steep fees for those bringing unfair dismissal claims at employment tribunals.

The supreme court ruled in favour of Unison, which launched a legal battle against fees of up to £1,200, which it said were preventing workers, especially those on lower incomes, from getting justice.

The decision comes after the union lost in the high court and the court of appeal.

The highest UK court said it based its conclusion on the fact that fees were “inconsistent with access to justice” and had resulted in a substantial fall in claims being brought.

It said the fees were also contrary to the Equality Act 2010 as they disproportionately affected women.

Unison’s general secretary, Dave Prentis, 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.”

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