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With disabled people's jobs and living standards under serious attack from Government attacks on public services, the TUC has published up to date advice and guidance for trade unions on the law on disability discrimination, along with good practice in dealing with day to day issues in the workplace. The latest edition of Disability and Work can be downloaded free of charge (PDF) or ordered from TUC publications.

Mental health at work

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The TUC has linked up with MIND to work together to promote mental health in the workplace and to challenge the discrimination and prejudice that prevents millions of people with mental health issues from getting or keeping jobs. For free workplace and campaigners' guides, wellbeing tips and other resources visit MIND's Mental health at work pages.

The TUC and many unions publish advice for union officers and reps in dealing with the increasing problems of mental ill-health at work and the prejudice and discrimination that people with mental health problems continue to face. In addition to the booklet Representing and Supporting members with mental health problems at work (see box below), the TUC has published (October 2012) an updated guide to the wide range of advice now available. Trade Unions and Mental Health: a resource list, can be downloaded free.

Disability Guides

TUC Disabled Workers' Conference

The TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference 2013 took place on 22-23 May. Download the conference report 2013

TUC Disabled Workers Committee members showing solidarity with RMT/TSSA dispute following their recent meeting

TUC Disabled Workers Committee members showing solidarity with RMT/TSSA dispute

Disabled people are particularly concerned that TfL's proposal to close all ticket offices will impact on their already limited ability to obtain support and assistance when accessing the underground. Some disabled people will be unable to use ticket machines. Photo © Les Woodward (GMB)

The past four years have been tough for disabled people in Britain. Cuts have devastated the NHS, social care and mental health services. Welfare reforms have shattered incomes and lifelines and shameless propaganda about scroungers and spongers has fuelled prejudice, discrimination and hate. Sadly, this torrent of right-wing vitriol has...
02 June 2014
Speaking at the TUC’s annual disabled workers conference in London later today (Thursday) TUC Assistant General Secretary Paul Nowak will urge unions and disability organisations to come together to campaign against government attacks on the welfare state.
29 May 2014
date: 1 May 2014 embargo : 00.01hrs Friday 2 May 2014 TUC launches its first guide to autism in the workplace The TUC has today (Thursday) launched its first ever guide to autism in the workplace. Autism is a term covering a wide range of conditions that reflect neurological differences...
02 May 2014
The TUC has today (Friday) published the third edition of its guide to dealing with dyslexia in the workplace. Several million working age adults have dyslexia – which can cause problems with performance, organisation of work and time management – with around four per cent of the population seriously affected...
21 March 2014
Trade unionists know that the coalition government’s attack on the welfare state continues and ministers threaten more years yet of austerity policies. The cuts imposed since 2010 have brought massive suffering to millions of people. Disabled people are among the very worst hit. But opinion polls continue to show that...
20 January 2014
The TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference 2013 took place on 22-23 May. Download the conference report.
18 November 2013
In this issue: • From the Regional Secretary • Austerity bus tour hears from disabled people • Stress within the work place • NASUWT disabled teachers conference • Musicians Union support members with hearing problems • And don't forget the Blog…… • Contact the Midlands TUC:
06 September 2013
‘These are profoundly tough times for disabled workers. The government's austerity drive is destroying jobs and cutting back the public services many rely on. The NHS, social care and mental health are all suffering real-terms cuts.'
04 September 2013
Responding to the announcement today (Wednesday) that a further three Remploy factories in Neath, Sheffield and Blackburn will close, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:
28 August 2013
The Public Sector Equality Duty is a vital spark in getting public bodies to take equalities seriously – from stamping out sexism and racism, through to ensuring public services reach the most marginalised in society. But it's under threat. Please sign the petition to save it.
05 June 2013