Teaching Assistants

Unison has a commitment to the country’s young people. By returning to feudal values and removing the support from the weakest in our society this government has persistently manipulated the oppression of working people and their families into controlled and isolated social groups. These groups are now being used by Tories to propagandise and enhance […]

Disability Awareness training for managers

Conference recognises that there is a lack of disability awareness training for managers and is concerned about the impact this is having on disabled members. There appears to be an increasing lack of understanding of the needs of disabled employees in the workplace leading many employers to fail to make reasonable adjustments. Under the Equality […]

Redundancy, disability leave and disability related sick leave

Conference we are seeing an increasing number of employers including ‘attendance’ in redundancy selection procedures and we are concerned about the impact this has on disabled members and their ability to retain their employment. Under the Equality Act, employers are allowed to use attendance as a selection criterion but must make sure it does not […]

From Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Poor, Insolvent and Penniless

Conference recognises that the move from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payments (PIP) is having a devastating impact on disabled people. This Tory led government ignored the concerns of disabled people, unions and other organisations when they began implementing PIP earlier this year. Despite claims that the benefit is to help those in […]

Young, Disabled and Invisible

Conference is concerned that young people starting work for the first time are finding it increasingly difficult to have a learning disability recognised as it is extremely difficult to get a diagnosis. This is almost impossible for young people who may be on the autistic spectrum. Government policy does not provide a service where young […]

DISMISSAL ON THE GROUNDS OF CAPABILITY – INFORMATION GATHERING

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 […]

Attendance Management

Conference is concerned that in the 21st Century some employers are still using draconian sickness absence polices, policies such as the Bradford Factor which we widely know discriminates against disabled workers. Absence from work due to a disability should be treated differently and distinctly to regular sickness absence, and have a separate agreed policy relating […]

The Care Bill and Disabled People

Conference is concerned that the Care Bill will have a detrimental impact on disabled people who use care services. We condemn the failure of this government to find a long-term sustainable solution to the funding deficit in social care. The Coalition government is introducing a £72,000 cap on the amount individuals will need to pay […]

Dealing with Disability in the Workplace

This conference recognises the increased pressure put on disabled members by managers and supervisors being unaware of the responsibilities under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). This lack of knowledge puts additional strain on our disabled members and often results in them having to stay off work longer that required due to the lack of reasonable […]

The impact of cuts on women in policing.

Conference notes the disproportionate attack the governments austerity measures are having on women. Within the public sector workforce; 735,000 women make up 64% of the workforce; public sector job losses and the cuts will impact on them disproportionally, when compared to the effects on men. With unemployment amongst women at a 24 year high, and […]

Stress in the workplace

Conference due to overwhelming cuts in policing, police staff are facing increased pressure due to the reductions in the workforce. Police staff are being disproportionately affected and bearing the full brunt of this governments cuts agenda. With many posts being made redundant this has put an increased pressure on the staff remaining to do more […]

Unprecedented use of Volunteers

The North West Region are concerned that the current Police and Justice guidance on the use of volunteers is outdated. The Regional Service Group Committee believes that the Service Group Executive needs to review and produce firm guidance to all sectors with reference to the use of volunteers within our workplaces, especially in light of […]

Transgender Uniform

Conference welcomes the progress made for our members nationally who identify themselves as part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) network and also recognises the great achievement that many forces are shown as top 100 employers on the Stonewall index. Conference also welcomes the acceptance that there are several strands to those who […]

Whistle Blowing in the Police Service

Conference is concerned that there is no clear advice for members or the employer on whistle blowing within the Police Service for Police Staff. The Public Information Disclosure Act provides specific protections for those individuals raising matters of concern and an outline process for reporting areas of concern. Conference therefore calls upon the Service Group […]

Protect our National terms and Conditions

Conference it would appear that forces/ employers have made attempts to negotiate withdrawal from our National terms and conditions with the intention of making local arrangements. For many years we have been part of a national agreement and been able to ensure the minimum levels of terms and conditions set through national negotiation. We know […]