UNISON demands equal access to justice

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Unison one of the UK’s largest Trade Unions confirmed last week in a press release that it intends to lodge an application to the High Court for a judicial review on the Governments controversial introduction of fees in Employment Tribunals and in Employment Appeal Tribunals.

The fees are due to come into force on the 29th July 2013 and result in Claimants having to pay up to £1200 to get their case heard.

The main legal arguments Unison have laid out in their application are as follows.

  1. the introduction of fees would make it “virtually impossible, or excessively difficult” for an individual to exercise their rights under European Community Law.
  2. that the introduction of fees in Employment Tribunal and not for the First Tier Tribunal (a tribunal dealing with Immigration and asylum appeals) “is a breach of the principle of equivalence.”
  3. the fees indirectly discriminate against women, who on average earn less than men.

You can view a full copy of the press release here