Disability Discrimination in Sickness Absence, Capability and Disciplinary Procedures

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2008 Energy Service Group Conference
2 February 2008
Carried as Amended

This Conference believes that energy companies continue to discriminate against disabled workers despite their obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act.

Harsh sickness absence policies that fail to take account of disability related leave (as advised in the Code of Practice for Employment and Occupation), capability procedures that fail to recognise that performance can be affected when adequate adjustments are not put in place and disciplinary procedures that catapult disabled workers into long term unemployment continue to preserve institutional discrimination against disabled people.

This Conference calls upon the Energy Service Group to work with the National Disabled Members’ Committee and other service groups to review current agreements on sickness absence, capability and disciplinary procedures and produce a tool kit for negotiators to use in their work to eliminate institutional discrimination.