Disabled people and members

Discrimination against disabled workers continues, and RMT is organising to oppose it

Report, TUC Disabled Workers’ Committee, 20 March 2018

TUC DISABLED WORKERS’ CONFERENCE 2018

Venue accessibility: We noted our success in getting the TUC to change the conference location to an accessible venue. We looked at the detailed access statement for the venue, and I asked that a relaxation space be allocated for the use of conference attendees.

Report: RMT Disabled Members' Advisory Committee, 5 February 2018

The fourth meeting of RMT's Disabled Members' Advisory Committee was the best-attended yet. The Committee continues to grow in size, and all members attended the meeting and contributed to our lively discussions.

We confirmed that at our last meeting, the General Secretary had committed to tabling our proposals for union action on mental health to the National Executive, and were disappointed that this had not yet happened. This issue will be pursued.

Report: RMT Disabled Members' Advisory Committee, 15 November 2017

The government's consultation on transport accessibility has extended its deadline to Wednesday 22 November. Anyone can submit their views. RMT has made a submission and leafleted everyone at the recent Disabled People's Summit asking them to submit evidence in support of retaining guards on trains. Details on how to submit are here.

Disability in the workplace training course

RMT London Transport region is running a week-long training course for representatives and activists on Disability in the Workplace from Monday 1 until Friday 5 October in London. With our employers and workplaces presenting many barriers to disabled workers, members are increasingly calling on representatives to help them get adjustments, reasonable treatment, and even to stay in work. Union reps want and need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills not just to represent individuals but to campaign for more accessible and equal workplaces.

Report: First Ever RMT Disabled Members' Advisory Committee Meeting

The newly-formed RMT Disabled Members' Advisory Committee met for the first time on 14 June. This is a summary of its discussions.

 

TUC Report

RMT sent its largest ever delegation to the TUC Disabled Workers' Conference in May. Our motion on keeping guards on trains was passed unanimously. Several of our delegates contributed well to the debates. There will be a report in the next RMT News.

RMT Disabled Members' Conference

Delegates to the 2017 RMT Disabled Members' Conference

Yesterday saw RMT's first ever Disabled Members' Conference, held in London.

Although quite small (9 delegates, plus union officials), the important thing was that it took place at all, especially as rank-and-file members had pushed for its creation against the wishes of the union's national leadership. Now it is established, it will grow from year to year, as the union's other equalities conferences have done.

 

TUC Disabled Workers' Committee, Conference and Manifesto