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Special offer: Two of our most popular books from just £13!

The Institute of Employment Rights is offering a special offer for a limited period only on our latest publications looking at the Coalition's reforms of employment tribunals. Access to Justice consists of essays on workers' current restraints from making claims authored by the UK's leading experts, including John Hendy QC and Emeritus Professor of Industrial Relations Linda Dickens. When purchasing Access to Justice, readers will also receive Justice Deferred - our most popular publication of 2013 - from just £8. Solicitors David Renton and Anna Macey provide a crtitical guide to the Coalition's employment tribunal reforms in an easy-to-read analysis of changes that have already been introduced, and those still to come.

 

 

 

Access to justice in employment disputes: surveying the terrain

Edited by Nicole Busby, Morag McDermont, Emily Rose and Adam Sales

Published May 2013

Workers’ access to justice in employment disputes is constantly under attack, an attack that has accelerated over the past two years. The Coalition Government’s employment law reforms will fundamentally change the policy and legal framework for seeking justice through the employment tribunal system. The papers in this book examine the difficulties, challenges and possibilities of the UK’s systems for resolving employment disputes: the ‘forensic lottery’ of the unfair dismissal procedures; the role for Acas and others in mediation and conciliation; the very particular crisis for employment rights in times of austerity; and the choices faced by an employment tribunal system at the crossroads. They tell a compelling story about the shortcomings of the present system for employees, the particular difficulties for those workers not represented by trade unions or lawyers, and the dangers of the current and proposed changes to employee rights and employment relations.

The papers were presented at a workshop, ‘Access to Justice in Employment Disputes’, organised by researchers at Bristol and Strathclyde universities who are investigating ways in which workers unable to afford legal representation attempt to resolve employment disputes. The barristers, academics and practitioners who took part in this workshop have all informed this research, which is part of a programme, ‘New Sites of Legal Consciousness: the role of advice agencies in the UK’. The concluding chapter examines future directions for research and collaboration between advice organisations, trade unionists and academics in supporting workers in employment disputes and making public the need for policy changes to support citizens’ rights.

The research is funded by the European Research Council and the workshop was organised with the support of the Centre for Market and Public Organisations at the University of Bristol.

About Justice Deferred: a critical guide to the Coalition's employment tribunal reforms

By David Renton and Anna Macey

Published in February 2013

Employment Tribunals were originally intended to be easily accessible, informal, speedy and inexpensive. But according to the authors of this report, policies being pursued by the Coalition are putting access to justice beyond the means of most working people.

Justice Deferred maps out in a concise, easy to read, accessible style and language, the ideologically driven path being pursued by the Coalition Government. It provides a critical guide to changes in employment tribunal rules and procedures including the introduction of fees, the lifting of caps on costs, the ending of witness expenses, the removal of wing members, the end of statutory discrimination questionnaires and more. The authors also look at other changes including unfair dismissal and redundancy rights, the introduction of “employee-ownership” contracts (the rights-for-shares scheme), the notion of “protected conversations” and changes to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The authors conclude “These changes, taken collectively, represent the biggest change to employment law since the introduction of the right to claim unfair dismissal more than 40 years ago”. Despite the enormity of the changes, “neither party to the Coalition included them in their manifesto and there is no popular mandate for them”.

This publication offers a chilling reminder of the extent to which access to justice is being systematically shut down by the Coalition government.

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