The comments made by Andy McDonald, the Shadow Employment Rights and Protections Secretary, on 10 December 2020.
The government’s failure to get a grip on the Employment Tribunal backlog has left working people waiting years for justice and undermined their ability to uphold their rights at work, leaving them unprotected at a time when they most need protections.
With so many outstanding cases, many workers might not bother to make claims and will end up denied the pay, annual leave and other rights they are entitled to.
The government must put forward a real plan to relieve this backlog without watering down rights to ensure that workers are not at the mercy of bad employers. Without rapid action, rights in the workplace will not be worth the paper they’re written on.