However, today UNISON defeated the Government and they have been forced to scrap the (up to) £1200 fees for taking a case. The balance of power between the employer and the worker has dramatically shifted in one day.
While you cannot totally rely on employment tribunals for justice and security at work (for all our imperfections, you can only seek this from trade union membership) it is an important safety net.
Dodgy employers and bullying managers will think twice about the way they treat their staff since they will realise that their victims will no longer be priced out of seeking justice.
Of course, even if you don't have to pay massive fees, you still need trade union membership to pay for expert and professional legal advice and when appropriate, representation.
Well done to UNISON assistant general secretary Bronwyn McKenna and all her legal team.