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Fees of up to £1,200 for workers to launch a tribunal claim against their employers will undermine justice in the workplace, the Citizens Advice service has warned.
Its chief executive Gillian Guy said: “This is another threat to the principle of universal access to justice. Employees are from today going to be faced with a double injustice.
“Citizens Advice is now concerned that people have no way to tackle unfair employers; the combined impact of the removal of legal aid and charges for tribunals leaving victims without reasonable options", she added.
Unison said it has been given permission by the High Court to seek a judicial review over employment tribunal fees put in place today.
Unison's judicial hearing will be held in October.
The Federation of Small Businesses supports the introduction of employment tribunal fees.
Labour MP Chuka Umunna, the Shadow Business Secretary, has tweeted his disapproval of employment tribunal fees:
Justice minister Helen Grant told the Today programme that tribunal fees could be "looked at again" if they proved unjust or unfair.
The GMB union, which is behind today's rally against the introduction of fees for workers who want to sue bosses, says the move will allow bad employers to exploit their staff.
A new ruling in force from today means that workers will have to pay up to £1,200 to launch a tribunal claim against their employers.
A protest against the ruling, organised by the GMB trade union, will be held outside an employment hearing in Central London today.
Unite leader Len McCluskey described the ruling as taking “a sledgehammer to workers’ rights”.
Supporters of the ruling say that along with a "remission scheme" for those on a low income, it will help stem running costs of the employment tribunal system, which came in at more than £74.4 million last year, at a cost to the taxpayer.