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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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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 takes place on 21-22 May. More information

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)

The TUC, in partnership with Epilepsy Action, is today (Tuesday) publishing Epilepsy in the workplace – a TUC guide, to aid trade union workplace representatives in supporting members with epilepsy. The guide educates trade union members about epilepsy, and provides guidance on reasonable workplace adjustments and making workplaces epilepsy-friendly.
21 April 2015
The TUC, in partnership with Epilepsy Action have produced a new guide for trade unionists on supporting members with epilepsy. The author is a specialist and a trade unionist so this briefing will be an authoritative aid to union reps, officers and members on dealing with the issues facing members...
21 April 2015
Have Coalition government policies made life easier or harder for disabled workers? A study being undertaken by the Public Interest Research Unit, for Disabled People Against the cuts (DPAC), aims to help find out. If you think that you might be willing to participate, please take the online survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Public-Interest-Research-Unit-survey...
09 April 2015
*/ Introduction 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...
30 March 2015
Government reforms and austerity measures are endangering the education of young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), says a new report published today (Monday) by the TUC.
30 March 2015
Report of the TUC Seminar February 2015
20 March 2015
The TUC has today (Wednesday) published a new guidebook on the social model of disability to help unions and their members improve equality for disabled people within unions and in the workplace. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Disabled people have spent the last few years under attack from government...
04 March 2015
Guidance for unions on why the Social Model of Disability matters at this time of relentless attack on disabled people’s rights has been published by the TUC.
03 March 2015
The TUC’s Disabled Workers’ Committee has 12 questions for candidates and political parties in the run up to the general election, covering issues that particularly impact on disabled people. Download the questions here and find out politicians’ views on equality for disabled people.
23 February 2015
Disabled workers have legal protection against discrimination through the Equality Act 2010 (which absorbed most of the previous Disability Discrimination Act) but the reality is that too many continue to face discrimination, prejudice and stigma. The employment rate for working age disabled people continues to run at 30 per cent...
09 February 2015