79% Fall In Tribunal Claims Since Fees Introduced

13 Mar 2014

Charging £250 to issue a claim and between £960 and £1,060 for a hearing has priced workers out of tribunals since 29th July last year says GMB.

GMB responded to new figures showing that for employment tribunals the number of claims received in October to December 2013 was 9,801 – 79% fewer than in the same period of 2012, and 75% fewer than last quarter.

Maria Ludkin, GMB National Corporate Affairs and Legal Officer said, “These figures confirm our fears that government changes to time limits and introduction of fees has had devastating impact on access to justice for working people. To suggest a 79% reduction is part of a long term declining trend is frankly laughable. Charging £250 to issue a claim and between £960 and £1,060 for a hearing has priced workers out of tribunals since 29th July last year. We predicted that this would happen but it fell on deaf ears in a government made up of the multimillionaire elite.”