Coming Out to get Facility Time

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2015 National Disabled Members' Conference
2 July 2015

Conference will note that participation in self organisation is integral to the core work and values of UNISON. Yet activists are increasingly reporting that employers are cutting back on facility time and questioning the purpose of the meeting.

Activists are feeling pressurised into disclosing their disability, sexual orientation or gender identity when they may have previously not been out at work to justify their request for time off.

Conference therefore instructs the National Disabled Members Committee working with the regional disabled members groups to:

1.issue guidance to branches regarding disclosing disability, sexual orientation or gender identity at work.

2.encourage branches to raise the issue with employers.

3.monitor for issues arising from requests for time off.