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2002 National Disabled Members' Conference
1 July 2002
Carried as Amended

This Conference has very grave reservations on the Labour Government’s proposed project to consider ways of setting up a single Equality Commission.

Conference is concerned that UNISON disabled members and disabled people in general would suffer and lose out if serviced by such a single Equality Commission.

This Conference calls upon the National Disabled Members’ Committee:

1)To liaise and work with all other self-organised groups, UNISON’s General Secretary, National Executive Council, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Disability Rights Commission (DRC) and others;

2)To lobby government to ensure that a full and proper public debate is held on the proposed new single Equality Commission issue by all concerned;

3)That government fully consults with all bodies that would be affected by the setting up of a single Equality Commission;

4)To ensure that government is lobbied to introduce a new Equalities Act to cover all bodies covered by the proposed new Commission that guarantees they all have the same rights;

5)If this new single Equality Commission is enacted then disabled people must have equal rights and access as all other groups covered by this proposed new Commission.