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CSP criticises plans for employment tribunals

19 December 2011 - 5:33pm

The government plans to charge workers £250 or more upfront to claim against employers who break the law in the workplace.

Employment tribunals, including appeals, cost taxpayers £84 million last year, according to the government.

But CSP head of employment research Kate Moran said the government’s plans to charge workers for using the tribunal system were ‘unfair and unnecessary’.

She said while workplace disputes were best resolved in the workplace, this was not always possible. Access to formal procedures was essential in ensuring employees could resolve workplace disputes fairly, she said.

Examples of issues that, if unresolved, might end in tribunals are a boss failing to consult with a union about a proposed transfer or an employee suffering discrimination.

Trades Union Congress

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) said the proposals would make it harder for workers to stand up for their rights when employers fail to obey the law.

At the same time, higher fees on claims above £30,000 would penalise workers who have suffered the worst injustices, the TUC said.

Ms Moran said the change was unnecessary and questioned whether the government could evidence its claim that large volumes of ‘vexatious claims’ go to employment tribunal.

‘The CSP will continue to respond to government consultations on these matters,’ she said.

More information on employment issues can be found on the CSP website via the link below.

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