As a rep, you can help to break down barriers that disabled workers face. Some will be visible, like offices that aren’t accessible to wheelchair users, while others are invisible, like the stigma attached to mental health conditions.
To support disabled workers reps must first understand the issues involved, such as the distinction between disability-related absence and sick leave.
As unions, we can also work with employers to make the workplace fairer and more accessible for everyone.
Disability and Work (PDF): a trade union guide to the law and good practice
“You don't look disabled” (PDF): supporting members with invisible impairments
Sickness Absence and Disability Discrimination (PDF) - A trade union negotiator's guide to the law and good practice
Trade Unions and Disabled Members (PDF): Why the social model matters
Representing and supporting members with mental health problems at work (PDF) - Guidance for trade union representatives
LGBT+ workers and mental health (PDF) - TUC briefing
Dyslexia in the workplace (PDF) - A TUC guide