Disabled workers

Community has a long tradition of representing disabled workers. This page will share updates about our work to make workplaces more equal for disabled people.

Stand up for equality!

We're looking for members to become equalities reps

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Join the conversation

Join members on our equalities facebook group to get involved in our work

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Equalities training

Courses that may help you when it comes to mental health, diversity or building your confidence.

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The National League of the Blind, in 1899 was the first trade union for disabled people in the UK and achieved huge amounts for British disabled people.

The League organised its first strike in 1912. In 1920, under the banner of “Justice not Charity”, it organised marches to Trafalgar Square from Leeds, Manchester and Newport in support of what became the Blind Persons Act 1920. It joined the Community family in 2000.

Today we represent thousands of disabled workers across the UK in all industries and sectors and we are committed to driving positive change, rights, recognition and support for our members. Join Community today and join a long history of fighting for equality.

Useful resources

View our equalities strategy here.

Guidance on reasonable adjustments.

Our research on disability self-employment here.

Click here for model reasonable adjustments disability passports.

For more information, email equalities@community-tu.org.

Guidance on reasonable adjustments
Guidance on reasonable adjustments

This guide sets out the laws around reasonable adjustments in the workplace and gives guidance on what disabled workers should expect when requesting reasonable adjustments at work.

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Covid-19 and disabled workers
Covid-19 and disabled workers

What are your rights during the Coronavirus lockdown? Read our new advice for disabled workers.

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Disabled workers news

Looking out for each other
Steven McGurk - December 7th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Working at RSBi (Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries) in Glasgow – Europe’s largest supported business – we provide essential goods and services to Glasgow City Council [...]
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Building back better – disabled people and COVID-19
Emily Brothers - December 3rd, 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Today marks International Day for Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). Emily Brothers considers the opportunities and threats having resonance in this year’s theme: Building Back Better [...]
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The unequal impact of coronavirus
Steven McGurk - September 14th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
This morning, Community NEC member Steven McGurk delivered a speech to TUC congress on the unequal impact of coronavirus on disabled people. You can read [...]
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Reasonable adjustments guidance launched
Lauren Crowley - September 11th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
A new way of working is here to stay. Companies across the economy are realising the benefits of working flexibly. For many businesses, productivity hasn’t [...]
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Roy Rickhuss joins Money and Mental Health Commission
Community - September 8th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Earlier this year, Community General Secretary, Roy Rickhuss CBE, was asked to join the Money and Mental Health Commission, established by the Money and Mental [...]
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Now is the time to embrace flexible working
Lauren Crowley - June 10th, 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
For thousands of workers across the UK who are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, many will be wondering why employers have been vehemently [...]
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Equal Pay at 50
Lauren Crowley - May 29th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Click straight through to the new resources here. Today on the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Equal Pay Act, we remember the struggle [...]
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What can an equalities rep do during Coronavirus?
Anna Mowbray - May 13th, 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
In my last post I talked about the importance of reps keeping up their work to represent members in this challenging time. At times like [...]
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‘Justice not charity’ still needed 100 years on
Community - April 25th, 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
On the centenary of the ‘Blind March’ arriving in Trafalgar Square to call for legislation to improve blind people’s rights, Community’s former president, Robert Mooney, [...]
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Equalities strategy launched by Community
Community - February 21st, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
“Striving for equality is at the heart of what we do…” This week Community has launched its equalities strategy. A new booklet A Strategy for [...]
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