37% of employment appeals from public sector

37% of Tribunal cases are from public sector
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37% of Tribunal cases are from public sector

Workers from the public sector are more likely to take a claim to an employment tribunal than private sector workers, according to research carried out by commercial law firm, EMW.

The findings come from an analysis of national statistics and all employment appeal tribunals.

It showed that last year 37% of employment appeals were from the public sector whereas in 2006 it was only 30%.

That is a 24% rise in five years. This is despite the public sector only employing 22% of the UK workforce.

Public sector employment tribunals are expected to rise further

According to EMW, public sector employers will face further rises in employment claims over the coming year after the Government plans to cut jobs begin to be implemented.

Tensions will start to rise between workers in the public sector and their employers as redundancies, benefit cuts and active performance management start to take their toll.

Tough economic conditions may play their part

The principal in the employment team at EMW, Louise Holder, says public sector employers already have more employment appeals than their private sector counterpart, and with many of their workers fearing they will find it difficult to get another job, the number of claims is likely to go up.

She said: “Many of these claims will be from public sector workers who have been made redundant. People are much more likely to bring unfair dismissal claims during tough economic conditions, particularly if they feel that their prospects of getting another job quickly are slim. With more public sector job cuts on the way, this could be the tip of the iceberg.”

Employees have to do more for less money

She also thinks that the introduction of active performance management, which is likely to lead to employees being made to work harder for less money and job security, could see employers taken to Court.

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She said: “At the same time, the public sector is expected to start putting in place efficiency drives with performance targets that are likely to be tougher and monitored more rigorously. Some employees who are not used to this could see this as a form of bullying while those who are made redundant could file for unfair dismissal.”