Valerie supports the Disability Employment Charter

The Disability Employment Charter was launched by UNISON one of six founding member organisations for a new Disability Employment Charter which was produced as a response to the government’s long-awaited national disability strategy published in July 2021. Unison held a reception in Parliament on 5 December marking 150 employers signing the Charter.

The Charter was collated by a group of nine organisations, including Disability Rights UK and the Business Disability Forum. UNISON is the only trade union involved.

The Charter includes calls for mandatory disability pay gap reporting and time off for trade union equality reps. It also calls for a two-week deadline for employers to respond to requests for reasonable adjustments. In a UNISON survey of disabled members in 2019, nearly a quarter of respondents waited a year or more for reasonable adjustments to be put in place, while many never even had the courtesy of a response from their employer.

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