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TUC Disabled Workers Conference 10-11 March 2021

We would like all disabled trade unionists to join our most accessible, interactive conference to date. 

This year’s schedule is packed full of inspirational speakers, thought-provoking debates and engaging panel discussions.   

Book your free place today and join activists, campaigners, policy-makers and trade unionists from across the UK as we tackle the key debates and issues affecting disabled workers. 


The unequal impact of Covid-19 on disabled workers
Wednesday 10 March

Organising against the unequal impact of covid-19 on disabled workers

Time: 14:00-14:30

Key Note Speakers:

  • Frances O’Grady, General Secretary
  • Dave Allan, Co-Chair of the TUC Disabled Workers Committee

Conference debate 1:The unequal impact of Covid-19 on disabled workers

Time: 14:30 -15:15 

Conference debate 2 - The unequal impact of Covid-19 on disabled people

Time: 15:25 -16:10

The role of trade unions in securing and enforcing Reasonable Adjustments
Thursday 11 March

Panel Discussion: The role of visibility in tackling disability discrimination

Time: 12:00 - 13:30 


  • Deirdre Costigan, National Officer, Disability Equality, Unison
  • Ellen Clifford, National Steering Group Member for Disabled People Against Cuts
  • Catherine Hale, Director, Chronic Illness Inclusion Project

The role of trade unions in securing and enforcing Reasonable Adjustments

Time: 14:00 to 14:30

Key note speakers:

  • Gail Cartmail, TUC President
  • Vicky Foxcroft, Shadow Minister for Disabled People, Labour Party
  • Rachel O’Brien, Inclusion London  

Conference debate 1: Trade unions enforcing reasonable adjustments

Time: 14:30 - 15:15 

Conference debate 2: Trade unions securing working from home as a reasonable adjustments

Time: 15:25 - 16:10

Code of conduct

The TUC is committed to organising activities at which everyone can participate in an inclusive, respectful and safe environment. The TUC has zero tolerance for any type of harassment, including sexual harassment. Aggressive, offensive, intimidatory, disrespectful or unacceptable behaviour or comments will not be tolerated. This supports the commitment set out in the TUC’s rules to promote equality for all and to eliminate all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment, prejudice and unfair discrimination. This policy applies to all aspects of communication at or in connection with an event, including postings on social media.  If you have any concerns about behaviour that you want to raise then please contact us by email:

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