2 April 2015
Unison has been granted permission by the Court of Appeal to proceed with appeals against the decisions of the High Court.
The High Court had refused Unison’s two Judicial Review applications challenging the lawfulness of employment tribunal fees.
Unison has been granted permission to appeal on all grounds. The appeals will be heard in June.
In the first Judicial Review claim, the Lord Chancellor agreed to reimburse all fees that have been paid, if they are found to be unlawful.
Unison General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Today’s decision is significant because every worker who has been forced to pay these punitive fees may get their money back if Unison’s case is successful.
“We are pleased that this issue is being taken seriously. We hope the court will recognise that the government’s fees regime is having a significant impact on the ability of workers to access justice, particularly low paid women.”
Since ET fees were introduced in June 2013, claims have fallen by 80 per cent, with sex discrimination claims down by 91 per cent.
Read the IER’s resource, Access to Justice, for collated information on how the coalition has placed workplace justice out of the reach of most workers.