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Thousands of workers blocked from justice system by Tory employment tribunal fees

GMB conference hears how workers facing unfair dismissal and maltreatment can face tribunal fees as high as £1,200

Thousands of workers have had their bid for justice blocked by Tory-introduced employment tribunal charges, GMB conference delegates heard yesterday.

Since July 2013 workers could face fees of up to £1,200 for trying to put right workplace wrongs.

Southern region delegate Christopher Watts asked: “If you’ve got someone who’s on the minimum wage and a zero-hours contract living day-to-day and being treated badly by their employers, is he really going to spend £1,200 on going to a tribunal?”

Conference voted for pressure to be put on both the coalition and Labour Party to deal with the issue.

Southern region delegate Asha Wije said: “Access for justice is out of reach for many people.

“The first step in restoring it is for the government to carry a full consultation in respect of the impact of tribunal fees and I call on the Labour Party to make repealing the tribunal fees in all discrimination claims a manifesto commitment.”

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