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Trade unions are required by law to offer the same service to disabled as to non-disabled members. Frequently, this will involve offering information and services in alternative formats, in order that all members are able to access them, and ensuring that meetings and venues are fully accessible to all members.

In 2009, the TUC Disability Conference asked the TUC to establish a central list of providers, for use as a resource by all unions.

What the list is, and is not
Below are listed the providers of services currently used by the TUC or by individual trade unions.
Inclusion in the list does not in any way constitute a recommendation, nor does it represent a comment about service providers who are not listed. At all times, it is the responsibility of the union commissioning the service to establish that it properly meets their needs.

Similarly, inclusion in the list is not a guarantee that the services offered by each provider are still available: it is the responsibility of the union to establish that their chosen provider can still deliver what they require. The list was compiled in December 2009.

Updating and improving the list
This list will be amended if unions come across additional service providers who they believe should be included, or have useful comments about providers listed. Please send such information to ppurton@tuc.org.uk for inclusion.

Disability Access resources for trade unions

This list is divided into the following sections:

  1. Audio transcriptions
  2. BSL/sign language interpretation
  3. Furniture (etc)
  4. Mobility scooter hire
  5. Speech to text/palantype
  6. Transcriptions
  7. Disability Equality training
  8. Meeting venues
  9. Access Consultant Accreditation

Guidance for unions on how to deal with discrimination against disabled workers losing their jobs through failure to count disability-related absence separately from sickness absence, with advice on negotiating a disability leave policy.
06 February 2013
With growing recognition of the extent of mental health problems at work and the continuing prejudice and discrimination faced by workers with mental health issues, the TUC has published a list of resources for union reps and officers to use both in supporting members and in persuading employers to adopt...
10 October 2012
The TUC will hold a seminar in London on Thursday (25 November) on the impact of the cuts on disabled people.
22 November 2010
National register There is a national register of qualified BSL interpreters - the National Register of Communication Professionals for working with Deaf and Blind People - at http://portal.nrcpd.org.uk/search . There is a national register for Scotland at: The Scottish National Register, Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters, www.sasli.co.uk , tel...
12 November 2010
During the training Champions will establish the role within their workplace by carrying out workplace activities involving their colleagues at work, other trade union reps and their management teams. The course will help you raise awareness of disability issues and provide practical solutions to help employers affect real change in...
28 September 2009