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Employment tribunals 'on the rise'

Employment tribunals 'on the rise'

The number of workers taking grievances to employment tribunals has increased, new figures suggest.

Produced by the Tribunals Service, they show that a total of 236,100 such cases were lodged in the year from April 1st 2009 to March 31st 2010.

This represented a rise of 56 per cent compared with the previous 12-month period.

Meanwhile, 112,000 claims were disposed of, which was up 22 per cent on the same time a year earlier.

It was also noted that around 400,000 grievances remain outstanding and nearly three-fifths of the current caseload of such cases consisted of multiple claims.

The Tribunals Service said that there was a rise in the number of unfair dismissal, breach of contract and redundancy claims of 17 per cent.

An executive agency of the Ministry of Justice, the organisation provides administrative support for the tribunals' judiciary, who are responsible for hearing cases and deciding appeals.

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