Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was ‘a very bad move’

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Cable admitted that the charges are deterring women from seeking compensation for unfair treatment in the workplace

The number of workers taking cases to employment tribunals has dropped dramatically since the Government introduced fees of up to £1,200 two years ago.

Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat Business Secretary, admitted the Coalition made a mistake and that the charges are deterring low paid women from seeking compensation for unfair treatment in the workplace.  He said the Conservative-inspired move was an example of the Tories being the “nasty party” as  they tried to “chisel away” at the rights of workers and trade unions.

In an interview with The Independent, Mr Cable disclosed that a review by his Business Department officials found that the total number of claims at employment tribunals fell by almost 70 per cent – down from 340,000 in the first three months of the 2013-14 financial year to…

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