House of Lords throws out attack on people injured at work

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, today welcomed a decision by the House of Lords to throw out part of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, which would have made it virtually impossible for people to claim for injuries sustained at work.

Calling the move to ditch clause 62 “a victory for common sense,” the union is urging the Government to do the same in order to protect workers against careless employers. The clause would have removed the ability of an employee to enforce a civil claim for workplace injury on the grounds of a breach of workplace regulations, and made it much harder to win compensation for injury at work. The Bill will now go back to the House of Commons for further consideration.

Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, said:

“We are pleased that the House of Lords has listened to UNISON’s concerns, and we urge the government to do the same. This damaging clause would have made it much harder for workers to win compensation for workplace injuries and sent a green light to irresponsible employers to disregard the law.“