UNISON is committed to achieving equality for all by fighting disability discrimination and campaigning to remove barriers to employment in the workplace.
Through self organisation disabled members help the Union to identify and challenge discrimination. This helps build equality throughout the work of the Union. It can also be a valuable way for members to get involved in the union, develop skills, expertise and confidence.
Each Branch can elect a Disabled Members’ Officer and set up a self organised group.
The south east disabled members committee meets four times a year including the annual general meeting, where disabled members representatives are elected on to the committee. Representatives are also elected to attend UNISON’s National Disabled Members Conference on behalf of the Region.
A training weekend is held each year to provide representatives with the skills to promote issues relating to disability within their branch, as well as identifying barriers that may prevent disabled members from participating fully both at work and within the Union’s own structures.
Any member who defines his or herself as disabled can be elected on to the Committee, or attend training.
An action plan for the year is agreed at the AGM and the committee members and regional organiser aim to achieve the objectives and priorities set out each year.
For more information about the Committee, or on setting up a self organised group for disabled members, please contact Suzanne Tipping. A new guide to setting up a branch disabled members self organised group is available to read or download.
A number of resources are available for you to download:
UNISON guide to making sickness absence policies work better for us
UNISON guide to time off for medical appointments and health screening
UNISON disability leave factsheet (2013, due to be updated)
- TUC guide to sickness absence and disability discrimination
Raising awareness of disability - self disclosure
Proving disability and reasonable adjustments: a guide to evidence under the Equality Act 2010
- TUC Equality Audit 2014
- TUC Social Model of Disability
Regional Disabled Members Committee Chair
Regional Disabled Members Committee Vice Chair