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The TUC, in partnership with Epilepsy Action have produced a
Guidance for unions on why the Social Model of Disability
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The TUC is campaigning against government attacks on disabled people and for disability equality. Our demands, agreed by disabled trade unionists, are contained in the Manifesto for Disability Equality which is published together with a guide to how best to use it. Find out more by emailing [email protected].

TUC guidance for unions on disability discrimination law and good practice in the workplace is in Disability and Work (PDF) also available free from TUC online shop.

TUC Disabled Workers Conference

The TUC Disabled Workers Conference brings together activists from across the UK. Paperwork from the conference can be found here.

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)

In February 2016, a second seminar examined equality and mental health. Download Equality and mental health in an age of austerity (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)

This leaflet (pdf) explains the work of the TUC Disabled Workers’ Committee. If you wish to invite a speaker to a trade union or campaign meeting please contact [email protected] (Note you may have to pay speaker’s expenses).


This TUC guide is for trade union reps to bargain for accessible apprenticeship policies in the workplace. It sets out the current economic situation for disabled people, the barriers disabled people face, government initiatives to support disabled workers and provides a checklist for reps. The guide also provides good practise...
23 May 2017
This report looks at the employment of disabled people and in particular examines the employment of people with depression and mental illness. Disability is not just a barrier to getting employment. Some people may become disabled while they are at work, which may require adaptations to their job. And some...
18 May 2017
Only 1 in 4 (26.2%) people with a mental illness or phobia lasting for 12 months or more are in work, according to a report published by the TUC to coincide with its Disabled Workers’ Conference today (Thursday). The TUC is concerned that this suggests employers are failing to make...
18 May 2017
One of TUC Aid's longest standing partners is the Northern Ireland based Disability Aid Abroad, which also works closely with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. In particular, we have worked together on spreading the concept of Disability Champions through the East African trade union movement. Here is the 2016...
17 February 2017
We have a new survey that is investigating diversity/equality at work. The results will form a very important part of our work on this issue and your voice and experiences in Welsh workplaces would be much appreciated. The survey is bilingual and completely confidential although we will use broad trends...
23 December 2016
Sheffield City Council became the first employer in Yorkshire to sign up to the TUC's charter for helping terminally ill workers on 22 November.
24 November 2016
Nearly two-thirds (65%) of the union reps responding to the TUC’s 2016 Equality Audit said that disability-related sickness absence was the number one equality issue they dealt with at work. The finding comes from a TUC study published today (Tuesday) on the first day of Disability History Month.
22 November 2016
TUC Disabled Workers Conference The TUC Disabled Workers Conference brings together activists from across the UK. Paperwork from the conference can be found here.
17 November 2016
The government is “years behind schedule” in delivering its manifesto commitment to halve the employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people by 2020, according to new analysis published by the TUC today (Wednesday).
18 May 2016
This resource for trade unions reps seeks to increase understanding of the law and its limitations in relation to sickness absence and disability discrimination. As a result of the law and of growing awareness of its existence, it has become more unusual for disabled workers to face dismissal or unequal...
17 May 2016

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