Email policy

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Conference
2004 National Disabled Members' Conference
Date
23 July 2004
Decision

Conference notes the increasing use of email as a means of communicating with lay members, activists and officers within the union.

With this increased use of email some disabled members are being disenfranchised and placed at a substantial disadvantage compared to others for reasons related to their disability. Branches need to be made aware that after 1 October 2004 that under Part Two of the Discrimination Disability Act 1995 (DDA) trade unions have a duty to not treat disabled people less favourably than they would others for a reason related to their disability.

Conference calls on the National Disabled Members’ Committee to work with all parts of UNISON to develop a policy, guidelines and a rule change, if necessary, for branches, regions and the wider union to ensure e-mail communications are accessible in line with recommendations by the Disability Rights Commission.