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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-29-07

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Court ruling is victory for workers in the North West

THE Supreme Court has quashed the Government's system of fees for employment tribunals. The case was taken by the UNISON trade union, which successfully argued that the fees; which can be as high as ₤1,200 per case; prevented many workers from enforcing their employment rights.

Employment tribunals in the North West had fallen by 69% since the introduction of fees. 6,072 individual claims were made before fees were introduced in 2013, but in comparison only 1,869 were made in the most recent year. The most common reasons for employment tribunal cases include:- unfair dismissal, holiday pay, and sex discrimination.

TUC Regional Secretary for the North West Lynn Collins said:- "This is a massive win for working people in the North West. Congratulations to UNISON for doggedly pursuing this case. Today's result shows the value of working people standing together in trade unions.  Low paid workers across the North West were priced out of justice, even when they've been faced with harassment or have been sacked unfairly. Tribunal fees have been a bonanza for bad bosses, giving them free rein to mistreat staff.  The Government must now refund all past fees as soon as possible."


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