The comments made by Andy McDonald, the Shadow Employment Rights and Protections Secretary, on 11 March 2021.
The Government’s failure to tackle the Employment Tribunal backlog has meant working people are waiting years for justice, leaving them unprotected at a time when they most need protections.
With almost half a million outstanding claims, many workers could be deterred from making claims and will end up being 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 in order 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.