Wheechair Access to Water Coolers

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2006 Water & Environment Service Group Conference
15 March 2006
Carried as Amended

Conference welcomes the decision of the Water and Environment Service Group Executive to launch the Water@Work campaign as part of the wider Water for Health Alliance in liaison with Water UK, WaterAid, and various water companies. Conference recognises that the health benefits of drinking water regularly are incontrovertible and that well hydrated workers have been proven to be more alert and productive. The Water@Work campaign has the potential to benefit members, employers and water companies alike.

Following the formalisation of the relationship between UNISON and the Water for Health Alliance, this Water & Environment Conference is aware that an Essex based Water Cooler Company is distributing wheelchair access mains fed water coolers.

This Water & Environment Conference believes that this is an excellent initiative and therefore calls upon the Service Group Executive to:

1.encourage all water and environment branches to support the Water@Work campaign both with their own employer and throughout their UNISON region;

2.ask branches to include the availability of wheelchair access water coolers in their local bargaining agendas and in doing so to assist the promotion of the Disabled Members rights agenda;

3.continue working with Water UK and other partners to promote the Water@Work campaign.