The 16th Annual Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Disabled Workers Conference will take place this weekend (16th & 17th November 2017) in Clydebank.
Disabled trade unionists from across Scotland will join together to discuss and debate issues affecting them both in the workplace and in wider Scottish society.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Not All Disabilities Are Visible”. Both Unison and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) will move motions focusing on mental health, stressing that disabilities can be invisible and calls on the Committee to campaign around de-stigmatising mental health.
The Disabled Workers Committee will move motions highlighting the need for more accessible public transport, citing recent issues with slam door trains. The Committee also highlights problems when travelling by plane with assistance dogs and calls for increased campaigning on accessible travel.
Community will move a motion on Brexit, stressing the greater cost leaving the EU could have on disabled people. Community calls on the Disabled Workers Committee to campaign against a no-deal Brexit, and to highlight the impact of leaving the European Union with or without a deal on disabled people.
Conference will also debate motions on austerity, social security cuts for disabled people, support at work for disabled people and increasing the use of the social model of disability among many more.
This year’s chair, Tony Sneddon from the Communications Workers Union said: “With an election looming and all political parties promising to improve the lives of people with disabilities the question has got to be why does it have to take a general election? “The current Westminster Government has done nothing to improve the lives of disabled people but when votes are needed, they promise the earth. “There is only one way to ensure an improvement and that is to come together in our trade unions to fight for these rights, and to elect a new government which has genuine policies to enhance the lives of disabled people both in employment & society.” ENDS
For further information contact Rachel Thomson, 07974 966 277
The Annual STUC Disabled Workers Conference takes place in the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Clydebank, on 16th and 17th November
Saturday 16th November Jackson Cullinane, STUC President Joyce Stevenson, Chair, STUC Women’s Committee Donna McLeod, Head of Specialist Health & Work Service, Beatson Cancer Charity Ian Tasker, Project Worker, Scottish Hazards Ian Brown, RNIB Scotland Pam Duncan-Glancy, Scottish Labour Party Euan McLaren, Scottish Union Learning Alice Bowman, Thompsons Solicitors
Sunday 17th November
Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary
Alex Wilson, Inclusion Scotland