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31 December 2006

LRD helps reps to achieve disability equality at work
Although recent years have seen improved legal rights for disabled people, there is much more to be achieved before complete equality for disabled employees is arrived at. In particular, many disabled workers still struggle in inaccessible workplaces that are not adapted to their needs, face problems with time off work for reasons related to their impairments, or encounter discriminatory attitudes which tell them they are a health and safety "risk".

Promoting equality for disabled workers - a guide to the law and best practice gives guidance on how trade unionists can tackle such discrimination, including through the use of existing and new disability discrimination. It covers:

* the "disability champions" initiative - the trade union project that trains specialist disability reps to ensure disabled workers have genuine equality;
* how to make workplaces accessible, and examples of "reasonable adjustments";
* disability leave - how it differs from sick leave, and how and why trade unions should negotiate it;
* the Access to Work (ATW) scheme - how it can improve working conditions for disabled employees;
* how to avoid health and safety being used as an excuse for discrimination against your disabled members; and
* how the law, including the new disability equality duty, can be used to improve disabled members' working lives.

The 80-page booklet takes into account all the changes in the legislation relating to disability discrimination. It sets out the provisions in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and its 2003 and 2005 amendments, and provides examples of recent case law.

Notes to editors

1. Promoting equality for disabled workers - a guide to the law and best practice is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?5.70 or ?11.40 for employers or commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?34.45 (?76.95 for employers/ commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.

2. The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded more than 90 years ago. Around 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 national unions representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3. For press enquiries about this booklet, contact Ali Brown on 020 7902 9821. To order copies of the booklet, telephone 020 7928 3649.

4. Full information about all LRD's services and publications is available on the LRD website at www.lrd.org.uk

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