Tag Archives: Disability

Mental health: Name and shame employers but also model good practice

#stuc2018 The STUC pledged support today for trade union campaigns which champion mental health services for both adults and children in the workplace and communities. The effect of workload must be addressed, with a NASUWT survey revealing that workload is the top concern for teachers, with many reporting that the pressures are resulting in physical […]

STUC needs your views on hate crime law

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on hate crime legislation. Across the STUC’s equality structures trade union members have raised concerns about hate crime and highlighted examples of how hate crime has affected them in their lives or at work. It is clear from these discussions and debates that hate crime is a workplace issue. As […]

Act to end barriers to work for people with disabilities

#stuc2017 Congress backed urgent action to support disabled people into work, amidst serious concerns that less than 50% of people with disabilities are in employment. Supporting the motion from the Annual STUC Disabled Workers Conference, UNISON’s Tony Slaven slammed the two pronged attack against disabled people by the Tory Government. “Not only has it become […]

Campaign to end VAT on food for guide dogs

#stuc2017 The STUC will campaign to extend the VAT exemption on ‘working’ dog food to guide dogs for the blind and other assistance dogs. Delegates were astonished to hear that affluent  owners of racing greyhounds, sheep dogs and gun dogs get the exemption for ‘working dogs’ but guide dogs do not qualify. Supporting the motion […]

Scottish Disabled Members AGM 2016

SCOTTISH DISABLED MEMBERS’ GROUP: ANNUAL MEETING SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2016 UNISON SOUTH LANARKSHIRE BRANCH, 23 BECKFORD STREET, HAMILTON ML3 0BT (Which can be accessed from Hamilton West train station) (West Wing (entrance from Douglas Street) of Council HQ) The AGM is open to all disabled members in UNISON in Scotland. This Calling Notice can be […]

Disabled workers rights must be protected and improved

#ulgc16 Aberdeen City’s Deirdre Macdonald, in her maiden speech to conference, pledged to go back to her branch and work to improve their council’s sickness absence and disability leave policies, as Local Government Conference backed a campaign for the protection of disabled workers and an improvement of their rights. Deirdre told delegates that Aberdeen City […]

Good housing essential to all our well-being

#ulgc16 Delegates called on the union leadership to continue the campaign against the Tory government’s housing strategy, to press for socially progressive housing policies and to reinstate the National Housing Forum. Speaker after speaker condemned rising homelessness, acute housing shortages and unaffordable housing costs leading to ever-increasing pressures on members working in the sector. Many […]

Incapability must not be used to sack workers

#ulgc16 Conference condemned the growing use of Incapability Procedures to sack staff on the grounds of ill-health or performance, as part of the cuts agenda. This issue was highlighted by a motion from South Lanarkshire Branch and the union will now produce guidance for branches on best practice to support our members in the workplace […]

Let’s give disabled young people the chance they deserve

#STUC16 Disabled young people are massively under-represented in apprenticeships and Congress delegates backed a wide-ranging campaign to address the difficulties they face,  to support their educational attainment and to make sure more can access apprenticeships. Supporting the motion UNISON’s Morag Houston told delegates that times are hard for all our young people – but they […]