The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Unison, making employment tribunal fees unlawful. Unison argued that the fees of up to £1,200 discriminated against women and other groups of workers.
Responding to the July 2017 ruling, Dave Prentis, UNISON’s general secretary, wrote an article on the Supreme Court decision and stated:
‘I knew as soon as the legislation was introduced that our union had to take a stand, especially when it had such a clear and direct discriminatory impact upon our million women members.
I made a promise to our union that whatever it took – however many years and whatever the cost – I wanted our union to take this case. This was more than a legal case – it was a moral case
Today’s result should bring to an end the cruel employment tribunal fees regime, and ensure that no-one else is ever forced to pay crippling fees just to access basic justice.’