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ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR WORKERS, JOB APPLICANTS AND VOCATIONAL TRAINEES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1728: tabled on 13 October 2004

Tabled in the 2003-04 session.

This motion has been signed by 33 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House is committed to eradicating unlawful discrimination against workers, job applicants and vocational trainees and ensuring that there is access to justice and equality of arms in cases of unlawful discrimination; notes that discrimination law is complex and that access to legal representation is a significant advantage in tribunal proceedings; notes with concern that in the current financial year the CRE is devoting only 2 per cent. of its budget to representing complainants in employment discrimination cases and that the EOC and DRC are only devoting 3.1 per cent. and 5.5 per cent. of their respective budgets; further notes that the 2001 Employment Tribunal Regulations increased the amount of costs that can be awarded from ú500 to ú10,000 and made it easier for tribunals to award such costs; believes that the threat of such costs will inevitably deter workers, job applicants and vocational trainees from enforcing their legal right to equal treatment, particularly those who are non-unionised and low paid, thereby effectively denying them access to justice; and calls on the Government to make complainant aid a statutory right in discrimination cases and to establish an independent statutory fund for such complainant aid to be resourced by using 25 per cent. of the current budgets of the existing equalities commissions (CRE, EOC and DRC).

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2004
Islington North
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 1 November 2004
Keighley
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2004
Hornchurch
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2004
Burton
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2004
Hendon
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 18 October 2004
Stroud
Ennis, Jeff
Labour
Signed on 20 October 2004
Barnsley East and Mexborough
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 21 October 2004
Sunderland North
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2004
Newport West
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2004
Bridgend
Hamilton, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 19 October 2004
Midlothian
Hamilton, Fabian
Labour
Signed on 2 November 2004
Leeds North East
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 October 2004
Portsmouth South
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 October 2004
Cheltenham
Kaufman, Sir Gerald
Labour
Signed on 3 November 2004
Manchester, Gorton
Lepper, David
Labour
Signed on 17 November 2004
Brighton, Pavilion
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 18 October 2004
Manchester Central
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 19 October 2004
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2004
Halifax
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 19 October 2004
Hayes and Harlington
McWilliam, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 19 October 2004
Blaydon
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 19 October 2004
Mansfield
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 20 October 2004
Cardiff North
Rapson, Syd
Labour
Signed on 20 October 2004
Portsmouth North
Rooney, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2004
Bradford North
Sheridan, Jim
Labour
Signed on 19 October 2004
West Renfrewshire
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 20 October 2004
Finchley and Golders Green

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.