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Government 'turning blind eye' to the impact of tribunal fees

The government has been criticised after its review into the impact of employment tribunal fees showed there has been a dramatic fall in cases.

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The review highlighted “a sharp, significant and sustained drop in the volume of tribunal claims following the introduction of fees” with a 68% fall in the number of cases taken.

 

It also detailed a sharp decline in challenges over sex discrimination (-71%), race discrimination (-55%) and disability discrimination (-51%).

 

Commenting on the findings, TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said:

 

“The government is turning a blind eye to the impact of tribunal fees.

 

“The evidence is there for all to see. Thousands are being priced out from pursuing cases each month.

 

“Charging people up to £1,200 to take claim has been a gift to Britain’s worse bosses. And it’s allowed discrimination at work to flourish unchallenged.

 

“Until the government commits to abolishing fees, its commitment to ‘improve workers’ rights’ in post-Brexit Britain looks pretty hollow.”

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