UK: Unions and recession cause rise in unemployment tribunal claims

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Tribunals Service figures revealed yesterday show a 56% rise in the number of claims against employers, reaching a total of 236 100 cases in the year to the end of March 2010. This is mainly due to multiple claimant claims, often supported by unions. Unions favour these over strike action, since employers often justify pay freezes and other austerity measures in a recession to save jobs, according to one expert in employment law. These multiple claims – based on two or more people bringing cases resulting from similar circumstances – are principally in areas such as equal pay, working time and redundancy.
Source: / 08.07.2010