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Disability Champions @ Work. A trade union approach to enhancing the quality of working life for disabled people in the UK. DAVE PARR. Disability Champions @ Work. Trade unions in the UK 70 + individual trade unions The Trades Union Congress (TUC) are the ‘umbrella’ organisation

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Disability champions @ work

Disability Champions @ Work

A trade union approach to enhancing the quality of working life for disabled people in the UK

DAVE PARR


Disability champions @ work1

Disability Champions @ Work

  • Trade unions in the UK

    • 70 + individual trade unions

    • The Trades Union Congress (TUC) are the ‘umbrella’ organisation

    • More than half the 7million members in one of 5

    • Amicus – Skilled, professional and Engineering 1.2million members

    • New brand of trade unionism in the 21st Century


Disability champions @ work2

Disability Champions @ Work

  • Government Support For Disabled Workers

    • Duty not to discriminate

    • Duty to make reasonable adjustments

    • “Access to Work” – funding for adjustments

    • “Disability Symbol” – voluntary standard

      • Guaranteed interviews, annual review of staff needs, retention policy, staff awareness training and review of procedures.


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Disability Champions @ Work

  • Union Learning Representatives

    • Recognised skills gap in the UK

    • A culture of resistance and fear of training and learning

    • Unions developed a new role

    • Recognising and overcoming barriers to learning

    • Role recognised by the Government

    • ULRs now have statutory rights

    • ULRs have helped 67,000 people onto courses

    • 22,000 ULRs by 2010 - 250,000 learners


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Disability Champions @ Work

  • Disability Champions – the vision

    • Pick up disability related disciplines and grievances

    • Give advice of adjustments and funding

    • Be aware of best practice

    • Influence recruitment procedures

    • Recruit disabled workers into the union

    • Liaise with external bodies

    • Carry out audits

    • Advise other union officers / members


Ready willing and disabled

Ready Willing and Disabled

  • 10 GCSE’s

  • 2 A-Levels

  • 1 Degree

  • 114 Job Applications

  • 24 Job Interviews

  • 1 Disability

  • 0 Job


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Disability Champions @ Work

  • The Story So Far

    • Around 200 Disability Champions from 17 unions

    • More than 3000 people have attended seminars

    • 5000 different visitors to the website

    • Information published by champions relating to

      • Specific disabilities

      • Adjustments that have been negotiated

    • Engaged many different employers in the process

    • Secured funding for next 15 months


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Disability Champions @ Work

  • The Training Course

    • Published by the TUC

    • Available in colleges around the UK and Ireland

    • The scope and requirements of the DDA

    • The Social Model

    • Negotiating Adjustments

    • Access to Work funding

    • Interactive audit against ‘two ticks’

    • Information finding and networking


Access to work example

Access to Work example

  • Employee with less than 6 weeks service

    • 100% funding

    • employer pays £0

  • Employee with more than 6 weeks service

    • Partial funding

    • Employer pays £1542.20,

    • ATW pays £4968.80

Braille Computer output

Device, retail price £6511


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Disability Champions @ Work

  • The Disability Symbol

    • Guaranteed interviews for disabled applicants

    • Annual review of disabled workers requirements

    • Retention policy

    • Disability awareness training for all staff

    • Annual review of how these are being met


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Disability Champions @ Work

www.disabilitychampions.com

[email protected]

Dave Parr+44 1482 382512


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