Thanks to Unison’s court case, employees will no longer be charged unfair fees when taking their employers to court.
I wrote about workers’ rights during the election, just after Theresa May claimed the Tories were the party for the workers. This bid to win votes was laughable, even more so now that employment tribunal fees (introduced by the Tories) have been ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court.
Having worked for a trade union for over a decade, I knew the introduction of fees in 2013 was fundamentally wrong and campaigned against it.
Putting up a barrier for those seeking justice shows a complete lack of regard for employees’ rights. It has also meant in many cases employers have been able to get away with breaking employment law – which is something I have witnessed since becoming an MP. Many people from the constituency have spoken to me about the barriers they have faced in the workplace when seeking fair treatment.
I’m pleased to see the Tories held to account over this unconstitutional move, and hope it acts as a reminder to them that they cannot brazenly take workers’ rights for granted.
This isn’t just a big win for employees, but also for Unison, who fought this on behalf of workers across the country.