Workers to be charged for tribunals
Staff in serviced and shared offices will be interested to know that chancellor, George Osborne, has announced plans to charge staff for employment tribunals to the Conservative party conference.
Speaking in Manchester, Mr Osborne dealt a further blow to vulnerable employees as it had already been announced that workers without two years’ continuous employment were to be denied access to tribunals.
The fees, which could be reclaimed if a case is won, would be £150 to £250 for a tribunal and £1,000 to start a hearing with potentially more for compensation claims in excess of £30,000.
Employees can currently take their employer to a tribunal for matters relating to unfair dismissal, redundancy payments and discrimination.
Len McCluskey, general secretary of the Unite union, said: “He is a chancellor who wants to make it easier to hire and fire at will while making it harder for workers to challenge bad bosses.”