Plans to stop injured workers from reclaiming their legal costs in cases where claims are worth under £2,000 have been criticised by the TUC.
New Ministry of Justice proposals will force many workers, including those on low incomes, to pay for legal advice when seeking compensation for injuries at work.
These new rules will apply even when employer negligence is found to be the cause of workplace injuries.
TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady, said:
“People injured at work because of their employer’s negligence shouldn’t have to pay their own legal costs. This will stop many low-paid and vulnerable workers from bringing claims.
“These plans are dangerous and will encourage bad bosses to cut corners with health and safety. My advice to workers is to join a union. There are 50% fewer accidents at unionised workplaces.”