Ian Gilbert slams Tribunal fees

Ian Gilbert, the Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Rochford and Southend East, has criticised the introduction of “extortionate fees” for workers taking employment tribunal cases against their employers.

Ian Gilbert, the Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Rochford and Southend East, has criticised the introduction of “extortionate fees” for workers taking employment tribunal cases against their employers.

 

“This is a good day for bad employers” said Ian Gilbert, “Charging up to £1,200 for those seeking redress for unfair dismissal or discrimination in the workplace means that the anyone who is sacked unfairly and can’t afford the fees is now left without protection.

 

“The Tories and Lib Dems have given the green light to the worst bosses to behave as badly as they please and left vulnerable people, such as women illegally fired if they tell their employer that they’re pregnant, to struggle on their own.

 

“It seems that under the Conservatives, access to basic justice will be the preserve of the rich. Far from being on the side of hard working people, this government is doing all it can to bring about falling real wages and greater job insecurity."

 

 

1)     New Employment Tribunal Fees run from up to £390 to claim for unpaid wages to up to £1,200 for unfair dismissal or discrimination in the workplace.

 

2)      Historically, in the Employment Tribunals, unlike civil courts, the parties have usually borne their own costs, although costs may be awarded if a person “has acted vexatiously, abusively, disruptively or otherwise unreasonably”.

 

3)     The trade union Unite has pledged to pay the employment tribunal costs of its members, while Unison, Britain's largest trade union has been given permission to challenge the fees at the High Court.

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