George Osborne has announced changes to employment law. A report in todays Evening Standard reports him as stating that his intention is to deter what he terms vexatious Industrious Tribunal Claimants by imposing a fee of £250 to submit Form ET1 to a tribunal for a hearing and a further fee of £ 1,000 if a hearing is granted. Moreover, the limitation period for unfair dismissal claims is to be raised from 12 months to 24 months. This announcement will no doubt be music to the ears of employers who are seeking a more flexible (easy to sack and exploit) workforce. It is noticeable that the strategy of the government has been to avoid the consequential cost to the public and private sector of vindicating protective legislation by denying access to the courts by the poor and easily exploitable sectors of the population by restricting the legal aid budget. The introduction of Tribunal fees is arguably an extension of this aim by preventing a minimum-waged workforce from vindicating their employment rights by pricing them out of the tribunal system. Although those in receipt of income-support after six weeks of a three month limitation period will no doubt be exempt such charges, those in minimum-waged employment seeking to vindicate, for example, TUPE employment rights for which the maximum amount payable (at the extreme end) for, say, a breach of the information and consultation requirements is 13 weeks pay, it does not take a mathematician to work out the futility of vindicating protective legislation before a tribunal for which costs are not generally awarded. Since most employment legislation in the United Kingdom is derived from EU secondary legislation, it is anticipated that a legal challenge by way of application to the ECJ for a preliminary ruling or additionally, or in the alternative, a complaint to the European Commission on the basis that the United Kingdom is seeking to undermine and destroy the reality of EU based employment rights by making it excessively difficult or impossible to vindicate them before a national tribunal may eventually force the government to modify or abandon its proposals.