Next labour government to scrap current employment tribunal system
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10th September 2014
Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna has said that the next
Labour Government will scrap the Government’s employment tribunal
system and replace it with a fairer one that doesn’t deter employees
who have been treated unfairly at work from making a claim.
Addressing TUC Congress, Mr Umunna said that the current
system which saw the introduction of fees last year for people taking a
case to tribunal, has prevented the poorest and most vulnerable
employees from upholding their rights.
Since the change was made, the number of tribunal claims has
fallen by some 80%. Claims regarding age discrimination and
pregnancy-related unfair dismissal have fallen by 26 per cent while
claims against breaches of the Working Time Directive have fallen by 94
Mr Umunna claims Labour will seek a wider reform of the
tribunals system, streamlining it to work better for both employees and
employers. "We have fought to defend people’s rights and voice
in opposition but these rights are only meaningful if you can get
proper redress. The current employment tribunal system is
unfair, unsustainable and has resulted in prohibitive costs locking
people out of the justice they are entitled to.
"Affordability should not be a barrier to workplace justice.
But it would be a mistake to simply return to the system of the past,
where tribunals were so slow that meaningful justice was not available.
"So if we are elected the next Labour Government will abolish
the current system, reform the employment tribunals and put in place a
new system which ensures all workers have proper access to justice.”
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2014-09-16 09:02:12 in Legal Articles