UNISON has won a landmark court victory today (Wednesday) against the government, which means that employment tribunal fees will now be scrapped.

The Supreme Court – the UK’s highest court – has unanimously ruled that the government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced the fees four years ago.

From today, anyone who has been treated illegally or unfairly at work will no longer have to pay to take their employers to court – as a direct result of UNISON’s legal challenge.

The government will also have to refund more than £27m to the thousands of people charged for taking claims to tribunals. This is since July 2013, when fees were introduced by Chris Grayling, the then Lord Chancellor.

Anyone in England, Scotland and Wales wanting to pursue a case against their employer has had to find as much as £1,200. This has been a huge expense for many low-paid employees, says UNISON.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The government is not above the law. But when ministers introduced fees they were disregarding laws many centuries old, and showing little concern for employees seeking justice following illegal treatment at work.

“The government has been acting unlawfully, and has been proved wrong – not just on simple economics, but on constitutional law and basic fairness too.

“It’s a major victory for employees everywhere. UNISON took the case on behalf of anyone who’s ever been wronged at work, or who might be in future. Unscrupulous employers no longer have the upper hand.

“These unfair fees have let law-breaking bosses off the hook these past four years, and left badly treated staff with no choice but to put up or shut up.

“We’ll never know how many people missed out because they couldn’t afford the expense of fees. But at last this tax on justice has been lifted.”

UNISON assistant general secretary Bronwyn McKenna said: “The Supreme Court correctly criticised the government’s failure when it set the fees to consider the public benefits flowing from the enforcement of legal rights enacted by Parliament.

“The effective enforcement of these rights is fundamental to Parliamentary democracy and integral to the development of UK law. UNISON’s case has helped clarify the law and gives certainty to citizens and businesses in their everyday lives.”

The decision marks the end of a four-year fight by UNISON to overturn the government’s introduction of fees.

Jul 27, 2017

The Local Government Association (LGA) is consulting councils on our pay claim and holding a series of regional meetings between now and mid August. It is crucial we maximise political pressure on local employers – as well as national - during this period. Given the drastic ongoing cuts to local government funding, we want councils to call on the LGA to make urgent representations to Government for additional funding to meet our claim. The first stage of our campaign is to build awareness of the NJC pay claim at local level with members and councillors.

Jul 24, 2017

Please see the following link for the 2017 Equality Survey: survey closes at 5pm on Monday 7 August 2017

Completing our survey entitles members to go into the draw for three nights for two people at Croyde Bay Holiday Resort! (You do need to provide your email address for this purpose.)
Making workplaces fairer and more equal for our members is a central part of the work that UNISON does, and this survey will help us find out how well we are succeeding and where we might need to consider making changes to our priorities

Jul 13, 2017

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Jun 28, 2017
This bulletin updates members on the lodging of the 2018-19 NJC Pay Claim. It sets out the key arguments made in the claim and details of UNISON's pay campaign.

Jun 20, 2017

Congratulations to Saroj Norman, who has been elected as Branch Secretary for Service Conditions.

Results for position of Branch Secretary (Service Conditions):
Billie Gibson 142  
Saroj Norman 151 ELECTED 
Spoilt Papers 1  
Total 294  

Jun 20, 2017

Please note that on Tuesday, 13th JUNE 2017 we will be moving offices to:

Dudley General UNISON
Council House
Mary Stevens Park

Our contact number will also be changing from 01384 233870 to 01384 444323 (n.b. this new number is provisional and could still change).

Jun 12, 2017


Closing date midnight 31st August 2017.


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