DISMISSAL ON THE GROUNDS OF CAPABILITY – INFORMATION GATHERING

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Conference
2013 National Disabled Members' Conference
Date
5 July 2013
Decision

This Conference is increasingly concerned at the number of UNISON members who are being dismissed through capability practices as a result of ill health.

Whilst we know that this practice is becoming more common as the Tory led coalition continues to punish the public sector through its austerity measure, we need a clearer picture to establish just how many UNISON members have lost their jobs as a result of these practices.

Conference is also concerned that many of these members who have lost their jobs would have been covered under the Disability provisions of the Equality Act 2010 but may have been unaware of their rights.

Conference therefore calls on the National Disabled Members Committee to send a Freedom of Information request to all public authorities to establish:-

1)How many employees have been dismissed on the grounds of capability;

2)How many were covered under the Equality Act 2010.