Search tagged disabled members conference 2015

Concessionary travel passes.

Conference
2015 National Disabled Members' Conference
Date
8 June 2015
Decision
Carried

Conference notes the benefits that access to public transport, such as buses, trains and coaches, can bring to many disabled people. Concessionary Passes enable this access but the conditions applicable vary across different nations of the United Kingdom. Also currently, passes issued in one country cannot be used in another. Conference believes that there would […]

Motion on the UNISON National site.

Disabled Labour

Conference
2015 National Disabled Members' Conference
Date
3 July 2015
Decision
Carried

Conference will note the Labour election defeat in May 2015 and the return of a Tory Government. Conference will further note the lack of any policies likely to benefit people with disabilities in the Tory party manifesto or Queens Speech. Moreover, a further round of welfare cuts and reduction of services is proposed. Conference will […]

Motion on the UNISON National site.

New Ways of Working and Reasonable Adjustments

Conference
2015 National Disabled Members' Conference
Date
3 July 2015
Decision
Carried

Conference notes that government cuts mean employers are looking for new ways of working to save money without cutting jobs. Often referred to as Lean or Agile Working, these methods were developed by Toyota and are predominantly used in manufacturing industries. If implemented correctly they can bring financial savings and improve working conditions. While we […]

Motion on the UNISON National site.

Privatisation/Outsourcing and the Equality Duty

Conference
2015 National Disabled Members' Conference
Date
2 July 2015
Decision
Carried

Conference is aware this Government is eroding the public sector by privatisation and outsourcing. The Post Office; East Coast Mainline; a third of recent NHS contracts; and more recently, over half of the Probation Service, all moving into private hands, not only will this lead to poorer service provision, it will also have a negative […]

Motion on the UNISON National site.

Additional impact of learning difficulties on Mental Health

Conference
2015 National Disabled Members' Conference
Date
2 July 2015
Decision
Carried

Conference 2014 acknowledged the particular mental health concerns for disabled LGBT people and agreed an action plan to start to address this. Conferences notes the additional impact that being diagnosed with a learning difficulty or disability can have upon our mental health. People who are not aware of their specific learning difficulty or disability or […]

Motion on the UNISON National site.

2015 national disabled members conference preliminary agenda

Note: Items in this agenda are not UNISON policy until they have been debated and passed at conference

Media on the UNISON National site.

Open University closed to disabled students

Conference
2015 National Disabled Members' Conference
Date
11 November 2015
Decision
Carried

The Open University’s (OU) is a flexible system of learning that supports the largest disabled student community in the UK. Last year almost 20,000 disabled students studied at the OU and a large number were UNISON’s Disabled Members. Conference is concerned the planned closure of Regional Centres announced on 15 September may mean the OU […]

Motion on the UNISON National site.

Disabled Students Allowances

Conference
2015 National Disabled Members' Conference
Date
3 July 2015
Decision
Carried as Amended

Conference is concerned about the changes to Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) announced the Government are proposing. When these were first announced in April the Ministers for Universities said he was announcing ‘measures to minimise DSA’ what he actually meant was cuts that will be devastating to disabled members. DSA isn’t just for University Students. It […]

Motion on the UNISON National site.

Welfare Reform

Conference
2015 National Disabled Members' Conference
Date
3 July 2015
Decision
Carried as Amended

That this Conference recognises that the current Government’s Welfare Reforms are an attack on the poorest and most vulnerable groups in society. With the return of a Tory Government in May, and their commitment to make a further £12 billion of cuts to the Social Security budget, there is no doubt that the level of […]

Motion on the UNISON National site.

Coming Out to get Facility Time

Conference
2015 National Disabled Members' Conference
Date
2 July 2015
Decision
Carried

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 […]

Motion on the UNISON National site.

Access to Work

Conference
2015 National Disabled Members' Conference
Date
19 June 2015
Decision
Carried as Amended

ACCESS TO WORK The Access to Work (AtW) programme is a fund that helps disabled people start a new job, or remain in employment, with practical support that goes beyond “reasonable adjustments”, which employers are required to make by law. Without AtW many disabled people would be prevented from doing their jobs because of the […]

Motion on the UNISON National site.

The fight for fair sickness absence procedures and ‘Disability Leave’

Conference
2015 National Disabled Members' Conference
Date
8 June 2015
Decision
Carried

This Conference notes with concern the election of a ‘Tory’ Government with a majority in Parliament and believes that this will signal a worsening of the rights and the likely employability of disabled people. The Conservatives have indicated their contempt for Industrial Tribunals and are not supportive of any restrictions on employers in their dealings […]

Motion on the UNISON National site.

Guidance on rights for disabled workers

Conference
2015 National Disabled Members' Conference
Date
2 June 2015
Decision
Carried

This Conference believes that many disabled workers are unaware of their rights as disabled employees. This Conference also believes that without awareness of rights, such rights cannot be pursued, and become endangered through lack of use. This Conference further believes that (i) it is important that information about disabled workers rights be available in a […]

Motion on the UNISON National site.

Domestic Abuse, Hate Crime and Disabled People

Conference
2015 National Disabled Members' Conference
Date
3 July 2015
Decision
Carried as Amended

This Conference is concerned about the high number of domestic abuse that some disabled people are facing. The World Health Organisation’s 2013 World Report on Disability highlighted abuse as a leading cause of death among disabled people. However, little is known about the true extent to which disabled people experience abuse and whether associated issues […]

Motion on the UNISON National site.

Stop the destruction of passenger transport services

Conference
2015 National Disabled Members' Conference
Date
3 July 2015
Decision
Carried as Amended

Conference, we understand that across the country the slashing of transport services to the public will result in the abandoning of printed timetables, the closure of travel centres, information centres and ticket offices. This will significantly disadvantage disabled people as due to their disability not everyone is able to use internet technology to access time-table […]

Motion on the UNISON National site.