Tribunal fees hurting poorest workers

A Freedom of Information request brought by Thompsons Solicitors reveals that employment tribunal fees were waived in only 4.5% of 14,000 claims in the six months to December, despite government claims that one in three would not have to pay when it brought in means-tested charges. The number of employment tribunal cases has fallen from 50,000 a quarter to 10,000 since fees were introduced in July 2013. Labour’s Ian Murray said: “These new fees are placing a hurdle in front of our poorest workers who have been wronged at work.”

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