ORGANISING AND THE DISABILITY EQUALITY DUTY
Making the Disability Equality Work for Unions and Our Members One Day Conference
Friday 30th March 2007
The Disability Equality Duty (DED) for the public sector came into force on 4 December 2006.
The DED requires all public authorities to actively look at ways of ensuring that disabled people are treated equally. Most public authorities are also covered by the specific duties and were required to:
- publish a Disability Equality Scheme (including within it an Action Plan)
- involve disabled people in producing the Scheme and Action Plan.
- On an ongoing basis public authorities are required to:
- demonstrate they have taken actions in the Scheme and achieved appropriate outcomes;
- report on progress;
- review and revise the Scheme.
Knowledge of the DED and its implications for representing and organising public sector workers is of vital importance both for officers and workplace reps.
DED can also affect private and voluntary organisations which undertake public sector contracts.
The Conference will include workshops which
- Introduce and explain the DED.
- Provide case studies and role play to examine how the DED can be effective in practice.
- Explore how the DED can be used in representation and negotiation.
- Discuss how the DED can be used as part of recruitment and organising campaigns.
If you wish to attend this conference, you should contact your Amicus Regional Officer directly.