Disabled Local Government workers and the Recession

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Conference
2009 Local Government Service Group Conference
Date
20 February 2009
Decision
Carried

This conference is concerned about the impact of the economic downturn on local government workers jobs.

The consequences for disabled workers is huge; constant reorganisation, threats of privatisation, long hours and too few staff are factors that build even greater barriers to employment and career opportunities. Local government employers are using the economic situation as an excuse to reduce our terms and conditions, force redundancies, privatise our jobs and withhold funding for reasonable adjustments; the extra cost of living with an impairment means that for many disabled workers real spending power is reduced.

This conference calls upon the Local Government Service Group Executive to use it’s negotiating power to stop employers using the current economic situation to: reduce local government workers term and conditions of service, increase privatisation and force redundancies. We also call on the Service Group Executive to produce guidance for branches about making greater use of the Department for Work and Pensions to fund reasonable adjustments in the workplace.