Disability Leave

Conference notes that, despite the implementation of Disability Leave, employers are still failing to actively introduce disability leave as part of the employment sickness policy. Many disabled people are discriminated against whilst taking leave, due to their disability increasing the number of days of sick leave taken, which has resulted in members being dismissed from […]

Self Direct Support and Council Cuts

This Conference welcomes the Government’s Personalisation Agenda and the increased choice and control it will give many disabled and older people over how their individual personal and domestic needs are met. However, we are very concerned that many Local Authorities are already using the introduction to Self Direct Support (SDS) to make cuts to the […]

Disabled People and Employment

Conference notes that over the past decade or so the position of disabled people in the employment field has improved. However, we also note, and it is of major concern, that in spite of various initiatives eg the Disability Discrimination Act and its amendment, the former disability Rights Commission, New Deal for Disabled People etc, […]

The Equality Bill

This Conference welcomes the Equality Bill as a consolidation of existing equality legislation, making provision for levelling up across characteristic strands: age, disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation. We also applaud the work UNISON has undertaken as a senior stakeholder in discussions with government, particularly on aspects related to: 1.Indirect […]

National Disabled Members Committee Constitution – Time for Change

The Committee’s constitution was written many years ago when UNISON was a new concept and structures were not set in place as they are today. Back in 1993 disabled self organisation like other self organised groups were finding their feet and constructed a constitution that does not reflect the current structures in 2009. Over the […]

Reclaiming Pride

In light of the current economic crisis, threats to jobs and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) services due to lack of funding, the rise of the far right and an increase in homophobic hate crime, there can be no doubt that the need for a strong, political movement to promote and defend the LGBT […]

Fuel Poverty and Disabled People

Conference agrees that the introduction of the annual Winter Fuel Allowance for all people aged sixty and over in the United Kingdom has been one of the most successful social developments in recent history. UNISON has always been at the forefront when campaigning for social justice and dignity for those, who through no fault of […]

Workstep & Private Contractors

Over the last few years the department of Work and Pensions have started making big changes to policies and procedures that help disabled people gain and then keep employment. Who qualifies for this help from the various projects is no longer a question of whether you are a disabled person or not, but also what […]

Statutory sick Pay (SSP)

West Midlands Region is very concerned that members have to take Annual Leave to cover a phased return to work or attend medical appointments or treatment sessions. We therefore ask this Conference to call upon the National Disabled Members Committee (NDMC) to work with the National Executive Council (NEC) & Labourlink to lobby Parliament to […]

Services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Older People

Conference acknowledges the work currently being undertaken in Scotland with regard to the equality of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender older people. The aim of the work is to deliver a high quality of service to older LGBT people and to ensure that they are treated equally. It is important to state that no ‘special’ […]

Training on the new single equality legislation

Conference welcomes the new Equality Bill and that it has provisions for sexual orientation and gender reassignment groups who experience discrimination, harassment and victimisation. However, conference is keen to ensure that all activists are updated with the new requirements to be met by employers and public bodies. Conference notes that while the main anti-discrimination provisions […]

Transgender policies at work

Conference recognises and commends the work that the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Committee has completed with regards to transgender issues. Conference also welcomes the Gender Equality Duty which will hopefully help to eliminate the prejudice and harassment of transgender members in their employment. However, conference continues to be concerned with the lack […]

Keeping disability on the agenda in the credit crunch

This Conference is concerned that the recession is having a disproportionately large impact on disabled workers. Unemployment is predicted to increase to almost three million by 2010 and disabled workers are particularly at risk when unemployment rises. Increased unemployment for disabled workers can lead to social divide, increase the prospect of discrimination due to unfair […]

Adding value to disability equalities

There are a number of schemes in place which many Employers sign up to that would, if followed, be of great advantage to disabled workers. For these schemes to work effectively, it is essential that disabled workers must be allowed to self nominate and work in partnership with the Employers and scheme organisers to ensure […]

Awareness of non apparent disabilities

Conference agrees that both the Disability Discrimination Act and the Public Sector Equality Duty have advanced the cause of reducing discrimination against disabled workers in the workplace. However, not all forms of disability are apparent to any other person except the individual directly affected. Workers with non apparent disabilities, whether mental health, physical or other […]