Disabled members Equalities News

Kathleen in action at TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference 2018

Kathleen Kennedy
Kathleen Kennedy

Kathleen Kennedy, Branch Equalities Officer attended this year’s TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference in Bournemouth from 24-25 May as a UNISON National Disabled Members’ delegate.

In this role, Kathleen supported a motion calling for the introduction of  reasonable adjustment passports which every disabled member of staff would carry, detailing their disabilities and the reasonable adjustments required.

Kathleen spoke on this motion in particular as it ties in with one of the motions approved at the AGMs this year about raising disability awareness.

Kathleen pointed out that a reasonable adjustment passport would be of great benefit to both a  person  with disabilities and to their employer and line manager.

She explained, “When a disabled worker moves jobs, the passport could be ‘passed’ to  the new manager explaining why the person needs such reasonable  adjustments, without them having to explain in detail why they need  it.

“This saves on any embarrassing or awkward questions needing to be asked by the new manager.”

Kathleen added that like ‘normal’ passports, they would need renewed regularly as needs can change.

Kathleen concluded, “Nowadays time is money, therefore we feel this a very important motion for all concerned.”

This motion was overwhelmingly approved by the Conference.

Kathleen added that every member of  UNISON  delegation  spoke in the debate at the  conference  which  is something to be encouraged.