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The TUC, in partnership with Epilepsy Action have produced a
Guidance for unions on why the Social Model of Disability
Autism in the workplace , written for the TUC by

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

The TUC and trade unions are working to improve workplace mental health. In February 2015 a seminar discussed examples of good practice from six unions. Download Good practice in workplace mental health [PDF]

There are free resources available from the TUC and MIND and many unions have published their own materials:

TUC Disabled Workers' Conference

The TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference 2015 took place on 21-22 May. Download report of the conference [PDF]

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 [email protected], giving as much notice as you can. (Please note you would have to meet any speakers’ expenses)

TUC Aid – development arm of the British trade movement – is continuing its support for the promotion of human and employment rights of disabled people in East Africa.
15 January 2016
With nearly half of disabled people not in work, the TUC has today (Thursday) published its manifesto to promote equality for disabled people and challenge discrimination against them. The Labour Force Survey reveals that just 48% of disabled people are currently in employment compared to 79% of non-disabled people. This...
07 January 2016
On 7 January 2016 the TUC launched its Manifesto for Disability Equality (pdf) The TUC announced the launch in the press release TUC calls for practical action to implement disabiilty equality in new manifesto . The Manifesto is about recognising Britain’s ten million disabled people as citizens with equal rights...
05 January 2016
Of the millions of disabled people living in Britain today, only a very small percentage use wheelchairs, or assistance dogs, or are otherwise identified by visible evidence of impairment. But everywhere, from supermarket car parks to public transport to workplaces, people believe that "real" disability can be seen and that...
07 December 2015
Thursday 3 December is International Day of Disabled People. To coincide with it, the TUC is today (Thursday) publishing a good practice guide for workplace representatives to help them support trade union members with invisible impairments. The TUC guide You Don’t Look Disabled provides information on: the role that trade...
03 December 2015
A joint initiative by TUC Aid and Disability Aid Abroad (DAA) – Northern Ireland charity - has been successful in raising awareness of employment rights of disabled people in Rwanda and in securing support from local trade unions, East Africa Trade Union Confederation (EATUC) and the Government of Rwanda for...
09 July 2015
Frances O'Grady's speech to TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference 2015​, 21 - 22 May 2015, at Congress House, London. Thanks Sean [McGovern] for those words of introduction. And thanks for all your hard work on the disabled workers committee, on the General Council and of course with Unite. Conference, Sean has...
01 July 2015
TUC Disabled Workers' Conference 2015 took place on 21-22 May at Congress House, London. Find below the report of the conference.
01 July 2015
A new report, Disability and Employment, shows that disabled people consistently fare worse in employment than non-disabled people.
18 June 2015
A new TUC report Disability and employment, published today (Friday) looks at the experiences of disabled people in the labour market and finds that they are still at a significant disadvantage compared to other workers.
22 May 2015