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International Trade Union Support Project. Carey Ann Clarke Baligasima Yazidi. A Partnership Approach. Trade Union Partners ICTU TUC Unison PSEU INTO IMPACT CWU ALF-CIO CSTWF Unite NIPSA UTU. From the Coast to the Hills. 674 miles/ 1085km. NB: Dublin – Rome = 1170.

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international trade union support project

International Trade Union Support Project

Carey Ann Clarke

Baligasima Yazidi

a partnership approach
A Partnership Approach
  • Trade Union Partners
  • ICTU
  • TUC
  • Unison
  • PSEU
  • INTO
  • CWU
  • Unite
  • UTU
from the coast to the hills
From the Coast to the Hills

674 miles/ 1085km

NB: Dublin – Rome = 1170

status of people with disabilities in society
Status of People with Disabilities in Society
  • Disability viewed as a “curse” or “contagious”
  • 20% of people living on one US Dollar a day have a disability
  • Just 2% attend secondary education and less than 1% have finished vocational education
  • Households including someone with a disability have 60% below average household consumption
  • 80-90% unemployment rate
people with disabilities in employment
People with Disabilities in Employment

Limited access to vocational education and training

Lack equality of opportunity and integration in community

Traditionally self employed or seeking micro finance

Vocational rehabilitation institutions – workshop situations or handicrafts

Limited access to formal employment

Limited access to protective rights of Trade Union

Little measurement of progress towards employment “Quota”

initial barriers to trade union employment support
Initial Barriers to Trade Union employment support

Awareness of disability issues is extremely low

Disability is synonymous with incapacity and unproductive

Trade Unionists asked “how can we work for people with disabilities when non-disabled people cannot find work?”

Can be an accessible provider of positive case studies

working through trade unions
Working through Trade Unions

Access to most formal sector workplace and collective bargaining power for rights

Delivering Disability Awareness training to trade union officials and members;

Support companies employing persons with disabilities;

Training on disability in the workplace for human resource managers

Media campaigns on the employment of persons with a disability.

training disability champions
Training & Disability Champions

Train the Trainers - Disability Equality Sessions with people with disabilities

Training on Supported Employment Model

Training of Disability Champion representatives

De-mystifying National Disability Legalisation

a whole new model
A whole new model….

Disability Equality –promote social model not charity model

Supported Employment model of people with disabilities in the workplace

Union activists (not just disability activists) to spread the message through the trade union movement

mapping exercises
Mapping Exercises

Use branch system of Trade Union to explore number of PWDs in membership across whole country

Explore existing support in employment

Identify areas and “types” of disabilities that need further support

Link people with disabilities to employment and explore local support available

working with union leadership
Working with Union Leadership

Some had limited understanding of the issues facing people

View that PWD small minority in workforce and smaller number inside the Unions

Work to reduce defensiveness- help leadership feel they are not being unduly criticised

Sensitization -Promote positive examples and experiences

Secure budget allocation for work with people with disabilities

increasing accessibility of unions
Increasing accessibility of Unions

Encourage Unions to work from a social model perspective

Increase understanding through Workers’ Education Programmes and sharing best practice

Encourage and strengthen alliances forged among DPOs and Trade Unions

Prioritise the adoption of policies favouring the training and placement of disabled persons in suitable work, on an equal platform.

union constitutional change
Union Constitutional Change

Individual unions changed Constitutions articles regarding rights of people with disabilities

Disability Committee established

Disability Representation at National Executive Board

Enable mobilization for supported employment in workplaces

working with employers
Working with Employers

Disability Training for HR managers

Promote good practice – newsletters, Employer of the Year

Promote reasonable adjustments in advertising and interviews

Ensure reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities with employers

Explain government workplace incentives e.g. tax rebate

Promote information on Rights of PWDs in workplaces

strengthening realising rights
Strengthening & Realising Rights

Increased awareness of the Human Rights of People with disabilities

Increased numbers informed of National Disability Legislation and implementations

Decreasing workplace discrimination

Economic empowerment for people with disabilities

Increased inclusion for people with disabilities

learning from experience
Learning from Experience

“learn the lessons from our past experiences this will strengthen our ability”

Can use trade unions structures to share positive resolutions

Through disability committees can make recommendations to General Secretary & National Executive

Inclusion of other models – e.g. Supported Employment

transferring the model
Transferring the Model

Continue Partnership building

Build portfolio of successful supported employment examples

International Sharing of learning

Strengthen Rights of People with Disabilities in accessing work, rights in work and inclusion in society

future developments
Future Developments

Extend model to other countries in East African Federation …..Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda…

Initial Discussion for work with Ethiopian Trade Unions

East African Disability Employment Conference