One less barrier for workers: tribunal fees struck down in court!

An unexpected piece of good news from the courts today, as the introduction of fees for workplace tribunals, a move that discouraged countless workers from attempting to challenge unjust treatement, was struck down. Of course, the tribunal system as a whole is still based in employment law, which is massively stacked in favour of the employer, and the strongest protection is still solidarity from other workers, but still: getting to have your case heard for free, no matter how unsatisfactory the outcome may be, is an awful lot better at having to pay a grand for it. The accounts of this story from Unison and the general secretary of the IWGB say pretty much everything that need to be said from a simple trade unionist position; I don’t have a huge amount more to add myself, except to note that this is especially satisfying when we remember that the introduction of tribunal fees was followed by the even more short-lived criminal courts chargewho would have thought, back in, say, May 2015, that both would be gone so soon?

About nothingiseverlost

"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
This entry was posted in Unions, Work and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to One less barrier for workers: tribunal fees struck down in court!

  1. Pingback: Know your rights at the jobcentre: claimants have the right to appeal a decision for up to 13 months | Cautiously pessimistic

  2. Pingback: 2017: those that got away, those that we lost | Cautiously pessimistic

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.