Everyone deserves the opportunity to get on at work and make the most of their talents. But there’s still a long way to go before disabled people have equality at work.

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.

Resources

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

A manifesto for Disability Equality (PDF)

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