Employment tribunal fees

UNISON members taking union-supported employment tribunal cases will not have to pay the new fee of up to £1,200 that the government is introducing from summer 2013.

The new plans will mean that claimants will pay an initial fee to start the claim and another fee if the claim goes to a hearing. These can add up to £1,200 for the more complex cases.

“We argued strongly against the introduction of these fees which represent a barrier to employment justice for working people,” said Bronwyn McKenna, UNISON assistant general secretary for organisation and resource development.

“The government has gone ahead with these punitive plans but we are making sure that our members will not pay a premium for justice.

“If a UNISON member needs to go to tribunal in a union-supported case, they will not pay a penny to get the justice they deserve.

“That’s a real source of security for our members and another great reason why anyone working in public services needs to join UNISON.”

The UNISON scheme, agreed by the national executive council, means that:

  • members will not pay the fees;
  • an application for fee remission will be submitted with the claim;
  • the union will then advance the fee to members through a loan;
  • the union’s solicitors will be instructed to ensure that fees are recovered in all cases which settle or are successful at tribunal.

UNISON Knowledge topic on employment tribunals [members only content]