TUC publishes guide to supporting disabled workers

By agency reporter
December 4, 2015

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has  published a good practice guide for workplace representatives to help them support trade union members with invisible impairments, to coincide with yesterday's (3 December) International Day of Disabled People.

Most disabled people do not have visible signs of impairment, such as the use of a mobility aid. And if a person’s impairment is not visibly obvious, their right to reasonable adjustments to aid their access to work may not be as readily recognised. In some cases, a person’s impairment may even be treated with disbelief by colleagues and managers.

The TUC guide You Don’t Look Disabled provides information on: the role that trade unions can play; the equality laws that support disabled workers; and case studies that show how problems can be addressed to stop or prevent discrimination.

The TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, said: “Disabled people have a much lower employment rate than non-disabled people, and not only face barriers getting a job but can encounter problems staying in work. There is still a long way to go before genuine equality is achieved for access to work, and treatment at work. To make progress, it is important to address popular stereotypes of disability that rarely fit the reality of individual lives.

“We hope that the TUC guidebook will have practical value in every workplace. Some of the prejudice that needs to be addressed results from lack of understanding, so a great deal can be achieved through workplace education. But for problems of deeper rooted, and institutional discrimination, the guidebook also covers the legal framework for pursuing just outcomes for disabled people. By joining a trade union, disabled people can get help representing their interests at work.”

* TUC https://www.tuc.org.uk/

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