UNISON, the UK’s largest union, today pledged to continue its challenge to the introduction of fees for claims in Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunals, despite the latest setback. The union’s application for a Judicial Review was refused on paper (without a hearing) late yesterday (23 July), but the union is renewing the application and seeking an oral hearing.
UNISON is also applying for a stay on the introduction of the new fees pending a decision on our claim. The fees are due to come in on 29 July 2013.
Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON said:
“This early decision is disappointing but UNISON is committed to continuing our challenge for a Judicial Review. The Government’s plans to ration access to justice by introducing fees into Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunals are unjust and discriminatory.
“We believe that that the Government should not put a price on justice and stop working people from exercising their employment rights. We are renewing our application and seeking an oral hearing when we will also be applying for a stay on the introduction of the new fees regime.”