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Access To Justice For Workers, Job Applicants And Vocational Trainees

EDM number 1728 in 2003-04, proposed by Marsha Singh on 13/10/2004.

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).

This motion has been signed by a total of 33 MPs.

Marsha Singh13/10/2004Bradford WestLabourProposed
Terry Rooney13/10/2004Bradford NorthLabourSigned
John Cryer13/10/2004HornchurchLabourSigned
Alice Mahon13/10/2004HalifaxLabourSigned
Michael Clapham14/10/2004Barnsley West & PenistoneLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn14/10/2004Islington NorthLabourSigned
Janet Dean14/10/2004BurtonLabourSigned
Andrew Dismore14/10/2004HendonLabourSigned
Paul Flynn14/10/2004Newport WestLabourSigned
Mike Hancock14/10/2004Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Martin Caton15/10/2004GowerLabourSigned
Tony Lloyd18/10/2004Manchester CentralLabourSigned
David Drew18/10/2004StroudLabour Co-operativeSigned
David Hamilton19/10/2004MidlothianLabourSigned
Alan Meale19/10/2004MansfieldLabourSigned
John McWilliam19/10/2004BlaydonLabourSigned
John McDonnell19/10/2004Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Elfyn Llwyd19/10/2004Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Nigel Jones19/10/2004CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Jim Sheridan19/10/2004West RenfrewshireLabourSigned
Julie Morgan20/10/2004Cardiff NorthLabourSigned
Syd Rapson20/10/2004Portsmouth NorthLabourSigned
Jeff Ennis20/10/2004Barnsley East & MexboroughLabourSigned
Rudi Vis20/10/2004Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Bill Etherington21/10/2004Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Harry Cohen25/10/2004Leyton & WansteadLabourSigned
Harry Barnes25/10/2004North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Win Griffiths26/10/2004BridgendLabourSigned
Ann Cryer01/11/2004KeighleyLabourSigned
Fabian Hamilton02/11/2004Leeds North EastLabourSigned
Gerald Kaufman03/11/2004Manchester, GortonLabourSigned
David Lepper17/11/2004Brighton, PavilionLabour Co-operativeSigned
Harold Best17/11/2004Leeds North WestLabourSigned

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