Recent research published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) states that the introduction of fees three years ago, for those submitting employment tribunal claims has priced people out of justice.
The TUC States that less people are taking claims to an employment tribunal because of fees of up to £1,200. The figures released show that 83,031 claims were brought in 2015/16. The amount is significantly down from the 191,541 employment tribunal claims issued in 2012/13.
Since tribunal fees were introduced, unfair dismissal claims have fallen by 73%. Discrimination cases have also reduced by 71% on grounds of sex, 58% on grounds of race and 54% on grounds of disability. Following publication of the findings, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady has called on the government to abolish tribunal fees.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is currently undertaking a review on the impact of the introduction of employment tribunal fees. It is however unclear when the MoJ will publish its findings. A spokesperson commented that it was “right that those who use our tribunals should contribute to the £71m cost of running the service”. The MoJ also noted that it was keen to promote alternative ways of resolving disputes where possible.