Britain's second largest trade union, Unison, has failed in it's latest attempt to challenge the presence of fees within the employment tribunal.

Despite arguing that the existence of such fees was leading to employees simply being unable to access justice, the Court of Appeal rejected the claim.

It was felt by the court that the recent drop in employment claims could not be entirely pinned upon the government's introduction of the fees.

Lord Justice Underhill speaking on the matter said: 'It is a strong thing to strike down legislation on the basis of disputed predictions as to its effect when the passage of a comparatively short period of time will prove their correctness or otherwise.

‘In my view it was a proper exercise of the court’s discretion in the present case, given the real difficulties with the quality of the evidence available pre-implementation, to decline to grant any relief.’

Evidence presented to the court showed that equal pay claims had fallen by 83% since the introduction of the fees, while sex discrimination claims had fallen by up to 91% over the same period.

It was argued that the government's plans to introduce the fees were misrepresented, as it had initially been stated that 8.6% of claimants would be benefiting from remission. The reality is that only around 3.9% have.

It is believed that Unison are gearing up to further challenge the ruling before the Supreme Court.

With the introduction of the fees being far from well received by the majority of people, plenty of them will be keeping an eye on the outcome of what appears to be an appeal set to go the full distance.