Campaign for disability leave
UNISON will examine the failure of some
employers to implement disability leave policies and
will develop guidance for branches to negotiate such
policies and to challenge bad practice with the Equality
In this time of recession, it has never
been more important to for disability leave policies
implemented by employers to ensure disabled members are
not discriminated against as a result of disability related
Bill Dunn, Disabled Members' Officer,
Highland Healthcare, long time delegate and first time
speaker, said that
union colleagues at the Disabled Members Conference six
years ago were surprised to hear that an NHS employer
showed little consideration towards staff members with
Following that meeting, he took the UNISON
model policy to his employer who stated it was not law
and he wasn't
aware of any NHS employer in Scotland that had a disability
leave policy in operation.
Bill has persisted and fought
for reasonable adjustments as time off for disability
related medical appointments.
Not all managers have accepted
this, and time is expected to be taken as time back,
time in lieu or sick leave.
"Obviously recorded sick leave then
leads to disabled members being put on Promoting Atendance
then the dreaded capability policy - neither of which
aid the health and wellbeing of the member with a disability."