By Max Clarke

The Government’s Resolving Workplace Disputes consultation in which the tribunal system is to be reassessed, including proposals to introduce fees for tribunals, has been blasted by unions as a ‘coalition plan to deny workplace justice for workers’.

”It is tough enough for UK workers, who have the poorest workplace protection compared to their European counterparts, without the government fabricating evidence in order to do the dirty work of a powerful business interest group,” said assistant general secretary of the Unite union, Tony Burke.

Unite said that the number of claims received should be seen in the context of the number of employed people in the UK and, even at it highest level, the claims represent less than one per cent of the working population.

Business organisations, however, back the government’s proposals, saying that making costly dispute mediation procedures more expensive will reduce frivolous claims, making small businesses in particular more likely to hire new staff.