Disabled people experience discrimination at work. UNISON challenges discriminatory actions and campaigns for a fair deal for disabled members.
UNISON supports the Social Model of Disability. We believe it is the way society organises that creates barriers to inclusion and prevents disabled people from taking an equal part in life. As a union we campaign on important issues such as:
- Inaccessible workplaces
- Information systems that don't include disabled people's access needs
- Negative attitudes and prejudices from employers
UNISON's priorities on disability are led by the union's own disabled members. Our union is committed to taking on the issues from those who know them best.
What we're doing now
UNISONís National Disabled Members Committee is concerned that members with learning difficulties may face hate crime at work and in the community. Branches are asked to display this mini poster on union notice boards.
Branches should be aware that the Equality Act 2010 applies to trade unions.
According to this Government - it's purple!
'Working Better' is a policy report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, branches may find the information being offered to disabled people and the business sector interesting and useful fro negotiating reasonable adjustments and other workplace protections to eliminate disability discrimination.
This Charter explains why unions are opposed to workfare and looks at
what makes the difference between good and bad work experience programmes for unemployed people, including disabled people.