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Employment Group UNISON meeting

Society of Labour Lawyers’ Employment Group met on the top floor of Congress House on 30 May 2018 to hear from guest speaker SHANTHA DAVID of UNISON, leader of their triumphant 2017 case (transcript here). Labour had a manifesto pledge to abolish tribunal fees in May 2017. Only 2 months later the Supreme Court struck them down as unlawful. Shantha questioned how we got to a position where Supreme Court had to lecture government on the rule of law. To explain, she set out a history of employment tribunals (beginning with the Donovan report) and emphasised their importance as generally the only forum in which an employee can vindicate their rights. Some cases may not attract an award (for exam

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