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YOUNG WORKERS’ MONTH

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 November is Young Workers’ Month – a time to celebrate the contribution that young workers make to public services and to UNISON.

Though we know many UNISON members will always be young at heart, in UNISON members count as ‘young’ if they are 27 or under.

What’s happening?

At national level, the national young members’ forum is prioritising work around raising awareness of issues faced by young workers, and in particular:

  • the need for a real living wage – a minimum of £10 per hour – to combat the low level of the minimum wage and the age discrimination enshrined in legislation;
  • the importance of recruiting and organising young members

UNISON are launching our ’27 under 27′ project, a set of portraits of young members, with some biographical information, showing the range of work and contribution they make, and the interests they have.

UNISON WIN LEGAL CHALLENGE: EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL FEES SCRAPPED

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UNISON who led the legal challenge to scrap Employment Tribunal fees, won a landmark court victory yesterday against the government – which benefits all workers.

The Supreme Court has ruled that the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees in July 2013 was unlawful.

Fees were introduced by the Government in 2013 with a view to weeding out malicious and unmeritorious cases. However, they didn’t just weed out the weak cases they stopped genuine cases as well. This resulted in most cases requiring the Claimant to pay the £1200 in fees and a 79% reduction of cases being brought forward over the last 3 years.

What does the ruling mean?

Anyone who:

  • has been treated illegally or unfairly at work will no longer have to pay to take their employers to court.
  • paid the Employment Tribunal fees will be able to claim it back from the Government (BBC have reported it will cost an estimated £32 million). However, it is anticipated that rather than the fees regime being completely abolished, an alternative fees regime may be brought in.
  • did not lodge claims over the last 4 years, due to the fee, may seek to issue claims now, arguing that time should be extended to allow the claim as it was not reasonably practicable for them to have done so earlier, in view of the fees regime. Whether Tribunals will allow such claims remains to be seen.

 Full story on the UNISON website

 

 

COMPLETE THE UNISON EQUALITY SURVEY

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Please fill out the 2017 UNISON Equality Survey if you have ten minutes to spare.  It will be really useful for UNISON in working to make your workplace more equal.

Click here to complete the survey.

It asks questions about your age, disability, gender, and other ‘protected characteristics’.
Members who complete the survey and provide an email address are entered into a draw for a 3 night stay for two people at Croyde Bay Holiday Resort.