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Disabled members

UNISON’s priorities on disability are led by the union’s own disabled members. We help disabled members by fighting discrimination and campaigning and organising at workplace, regional and national levels.

There are more than 10 million disabled people in the UK. Cuts to public services and benefits have a disproportionate effect on disabled people, especially as over one and a half million of them live in relative poverty because of low benefit levels and the lack of suitable accessible jobs.


UNISON’s disabled members’ group fights discrimination and campaigns for improved workplace accessibility and other issues. Find out how we campaign and organise at workplace, regional and national levels.

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Key issues

This section is about the key issues affecting disabled members. Each key issue explains the facts behind the issue, what UNISON is doing and how you can get involved. You will also find news articles, useful resources and events.

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    British Sign Language (BSL)

    UNISON’s 1.3 million members include full-time and part-time staff working in local authorities; the NHS; police and justice; universities, colleges and schools; the electricity, gas and water industries, transport, the voluntary sector and private companies. Two thirds of our members are women.

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    Disabled members meet as a self-organised group at branch, regional and national level. Find out what the different groups do and how they are organised.

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    Group structure and contacts

    List of regional contacts. Members can contact their disabled members’ representative in UNISON branches to discuss any issues that might arise in their workplace.

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    Contact information

    Gloria Foran
    UNISON Centre
    130 Euston Road
    NW1 2AY