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Usdaw shopworkers launch fight against government over compensation for injury

SHOPWORKERS launched a fight yesterday against the government’s bid to discourage workplace injury compensation claims.

The government is trying by sleight-of-hand to force more cases into the small claims court, which cannot issue orders for legal costs.

The ploy involves increasing the maximum amount that the small claims court can award to £2,000, but workers will be put off claiming because the court cannot impose costs.

Retail and distribution workers’ union Usdaw wants a £1,500 limit in the small claims court so that more injury claims will go to higher courts which can impose costs.

Usdaw general secretary Paddy Lillis said: “We are asking MPs to support our campaign to stop the government forcing more injured workers into the small claims court, where the costs of legal representation cannot be recovered from negligent employers.”

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