21 April 2015
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 was written for the TUC by Epilepsy Action and is based on the social model of disability, which means epilepsy is not seen as a barrier to work. However, there may be external barriers to accessing work in the form of ignorance, prejudice and failure by employers to make workplace adaptations.
The guide educates trade union members about epilepsy, and provides guidance on reasonable workplace adjustments and making workplaces epilepsy-friendly.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“I am delighted that the TUC has worked with Epilepsy Action to produce this new guide to help trade unions support members with epilepsy.
“Despite legal protection, workers with epilepsy still encounter ignorance, prejudice and discrimination. Trade unions challenge all such attitudes and behaviour and this guide will help them to do so from a position of understanding and strength.”
Epilepsy Action’s chief executive, Philip Lee, said:
“We often hear from people with epilepsy who have experienced a range of problems in employment. Epilepsy is often misunderstood and, as a result, people with the condition can face discrimination and have difficulties finding employment and keeping a job.
“I have no doubt that this new guide to epilepsy in the workplace will be a valuable resource for trade union officials who are supporting members with epilepsy.
“I hope it will help to tackle some of the myths about epilepsy and enable trade union advisors to encourage more employers to become epilepsy-friendly workplaces.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- Epilepsy in the workplace – a TUC guide was written for the TUC by Epilepsy Action and can be found at https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/EpilepsyInTheWorkplace.pdf
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