The TUC said that Unfair Dismissal claims have fallen by 73% and there have been big reductions in discrimination cases on grounds of sex (71%), race (58%) and disability (54%), since Claimants were charged up to £1,200 to bring a case.
The number of workers taking claims to a tribunal averaged 16,000 a month in 2012-13, but that figure fell to 7,000 in the past year, stated the TUC.
The TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady, said: “These figures show a huge drop in workers seeking justice when they’ve been unfairly treated. Now bosses know they can get away with it, discrimination at work can flourish unchecked and people can be sacked without good reason.
“The evidence is there for all to see. These fees – of up to £1,200, even if you’re on the minimum wage – are pricing out thousands each month from pursuing cases.”
“Theresa May has repeatedly said she wants to govern for ordinary working people. Here is a perfect opportunity. She could reverse employment tribunal fees, and make sure workers can challenge bad employers in court.”
The government has been urged by many critics many times to abolish these fees since they were introduced and they are being asked to review them again in this month’s autumn statement.
Businesses Should Still Treat Staff Properly
Iain Lock MD of Q&A HR said ” whilst the figures for claims are down this may be in part to employers taking professional advice and treating their staff in a way that is compliant with the law therefore the employees are unable to bring a claim. I also believe that there are more Settlement Agreements reached to resolve issues and complaints that may have previously been dealt with by the Employment Tribunals. Employers should ensure that they obtain advice from a lawyer or HR professional before dealing with dismissals or disciplinary matters to ensure that they do things correctly.”
Contact Iain Lock on 01920 463777 or firstname.lastname@example.org