Tribunal fees

Access to Justice is the bedrock of the Rule of Law. Wednesday's unanimous Supreme Court judgment vindicates one of the most fundamental principles of our Constitution, dating back to Magna Carta: everyone has the right to be heard before the Courts.
If the decline in union membership and collective bargaining has been in part due to government action, then the solution to addressing and reversing the decline must also - in part - lie in government action.
The Supreme Court's decision is one of the most important victories in UNISON's history. It's also the most significant judicial intervention in the history of British employment and constitutional law. But for many thousands of exploited low-paid staff, it is also the difference between being able to seek justice, or having to put up with exploitation and ill-treatment, even having to find another job elsewhere.
After the birth of my son, and before entering Parliament, I set up my own business advising women in relation to maternity discrimination. One of the hardest things I had to do was explain to women who had been subject to terrible discrimination, the money they would need to pay to the Tribunal if they wanted to pursue justice. For many it was just too much.
In my first week in post as Shadow Justice Secretary, it has been welcome to be able to make it clear that a Labour Government led by Jeremy Corbyn will prioritise access to justice and will abolish Employment Tribunal fees.
Action needs to be taken now. Women have waited three years for justice - they should not have to wait any longer. In due course Scottish women will rightfully no longer face the same financial barriers to access to tribunals - neither should any woman in the rest of the UK.
Employment rights are ultimately of benefit to everyone but the fee regime not only undermines those rights but actively encourages rogue employers to flout the law and I say it should be scrapped.
Earlier this year the Equality and Human Rights Commission, finally published their robust and detailed report on pregnancy