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24 May 2000

LRD guide to tackling disability discrimination
Tackling disability discrimination - a trade unionists' guide is published today by the Labour Research Department (LRD). This booklet aims to assist trade unionists to tackle disability discrimination in the workplace and to ensure that their union structures and services are fully accessible to disabled members.

Almost one-fifth of the working age population of Great Britain is disabled and disabled people continue to face discrimination in every area of their lives. For example, they are over six times as likely to be out of work than those without a disability and disabled workers earn up to 20% less than their non-disabled colleagues.

Yet it is only recently that legislation outlawing discrimination on grounds of disability has come into force. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) outlaws discrimination in employment and in the provision of goods and services. And a code of practice introduced in 1999 explains the duties that trade unions have to their disabled members under the Act. The code applies to unions at all levels, including local reps, so all trade unionists need to know what it says and what action they should be taking.

Tackling disability discrimination - a trade unionists' guide sets out the provisions of the DDA and provides examples from recent case law. It also explains the 1999 code of practice and looks at what trade unions need to do to comply with the law. It provides examples of best practice where unions have negotiated agreements at workplace level and at union initiatives to improve their accessibility to disabled members. The booklet also covers government schemes and assistance for disabled workers.

Notes to editors

Tackling disability discrimination - a trade unionists' guide is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8HF, price ?3.40 or ?10 for commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?26.95 (?68.95 for commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets a year.
The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded over 80 years ago. Around 2,000 trade union organisations, including 54 national unions, representing more than 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.
For press enquiries on this booklet contact the author, Tessa Wright, on 020 7902 9817 or Celia Dignan, LRD booklets editor, on 020 7902 9813.

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