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Autism in the workplace , written for the TUC by
First published in 2005, this new edition has been updated
Guidance for unions on how to deal with discrimination against

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.

The TUC and members of its Disabled Workers’ Committee welcome invitations to speak at trade union and campaign meetings on issues affecting disabled people. To see if someone is available to speak at your meeting, please first contact ppurton@tuc.org.uk, giving as much notice as you can. (Please note you would have to meet any speakers’ expenses)

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 2014 took place on 28-29 May. Download the conference report 2014 [PDF].

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)

Responding to research that shows over 100 people a day with a mental health condition are having their benefits stopped as a sanction, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “These sanctions show a government that is more interested in punishing vulnerable people than supporting them in their attempts to find...
20 January 2015
The TUC has welcomed a report published today (Friday) by the Work and Pensions Committee that calls for funding and training improvements for the Access to Work (AtW) scheme, which helps disabled people into employment. The Committee’s report Improving Access to Work for Disabled People says that funding increases for...
19 December 2014
In this issue: Equality Conferences; Discrimination Law Conference; Equality Officers Briefings; Women’s Conference deadlines; Black Workers’ Conference deadlines; Disabled Workers Conference; LGBT Conference; Trade Union Women’s Reception; UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Event; UK Disability History Month
14 November 2014
Today (Wednesday) as the Royal Court of Justice starts hearing a case against the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF), a TUC-backed film – in which severely disabled people explain how the fund has helped them – is being distributed online. A judicial review brought by three disabled people...
22 October 2014
Responding to comments made at the Conservative Party Conference by Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud – which were revealed today (Wednesday) during Prime Minister’s Questions – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Wherever they work and whoever they work for, disabled people are entitled to equal pay. “Instead of opening...
15 October 2014
The TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference 2014 took place on 28-29 May. Download the conference report 2014 [PDF].
29 September 2014
The right of disabled people to live independently was established in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which was ratified by the British government in 2010. The Independent Living Fund provides support for severely disabled people to enable them to live in their own homes...
26 September 2014
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