Published January 27, 2017 at 12:12
Happy New Year from TUC Education, Blackburn Centre,
last call for course applications & news from Hazards
Belated New Year Greetings from the Trade Union/H & S Education team. Attached is a PDF copy of our upcoming Jan/Feb programme for Union Reps, Safety Reps and other officers, as well as an important news bulletin from the Hazards Campaign.
As well as the Stage 1 and 2 courses, we are hoping to be able to run the 10-day Employment Law course (Tuesdays) and the Experienced Safety Reps Update course (Thursdays). As you know, we are heavily reliant on your support in sustaining our programme, so much obliged for any support you can provide in this.
John Murphy & Alan McShane (Course Tutors)
01254 677712/01254 677756
Important News from the Hazards Campaign:
Another attack on access to justice for workers injured at work
Phil Liptrot from Thompsons Solicitors reported on a major campaign that has been launched to challenge the Government’s plan to increase the small claims limit.
The proposed change will prevent 80% of injured workers from instructing a lawyer to get compensation for workplace injuries. At the moment there is a £1, 000 limit. Phil explained that claims are in two parts: general damages which include pain and suffering and special damages which include financial losses like loss of wages etc.
At the moment if the general damages are greater than £1,000 then the individual is able to claim their legal fees back from the other side. Currently 99% of cases are greater than £1, 000. The Government proposal is to increase this limit to £5,000. 80% of all cases are less than £5,000 and so will result in individuals not getting any compensation.
Even where the total claim would be much greater than £5,000 because of things like loss of wages, they still won’t be able to claim because their general damages are below the £5,000 threshold. General damages are determined from a prescribed list of financial compensation for a particular condition/injury. Individuals will have to make a decision to pay up front (if they can afford to) and then pay the lawyer out of the compensation – if they are successful.
100,000 signatures are needed on the petition, to call for a debate in the House of Commons
Please encourage as many people as possible to
- sign the online petition at petition.parliament.uk/petitions/173099
- write to their MP, urging them to oppose the changes
follow @FeedingFatCats on twitter and to find out more at www.feedingfatcats.co.uk.
Hilda Palmer – Acting Chair of the National Hazards Campaign