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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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.

Our research on disability self-employment here.

Click here for model reasonable adjustments disability passports.

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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Community - December 11th, 2019 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Too few self-employed disabled workers know about learning and training opportunities that would help them make a success of self-employment, according to a new report [...]
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Steven McGurk - December 5th, 2019 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
“Justice not Charity…” For Disability History Month, Steven McGurk, our National Executive Council member representing disabled workers, reflects on the proud tradition of the National [...]
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Community - November 22nd, 2019 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
“We’ve seen first-hand the difference it makes…” A supported employment company that works in partnership with Community has been recognised at the recent Construction News [...]
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Community - October 22nd, 2019 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
“We see the ability in people rather than the disability…” Community took the opportunity to take a closer look at how supported workplaces can use [...]
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Community - October 2nd, 2019 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
The disabled workers’ trade union, Community, is backing the unusual call by one of its recognised employers to ‘steal our staff’. The campaigning message is [...]
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