Supporting Disabled Members – a Guide for Usdaw Reps

The Equality Act 2010 gives thousands of disabled Usdaw members important employment rights. Members and Reps should be aware of these rights and the situations where the Act can help.

Download: Supporting Disabled Members – a Guide for Usdaw Reps

Date Posted: 12 April 2011




The right

  • Members with a disability have a right not to be treated less favourably.
  • Members have a right to have reasonable adjustments made to their job or work to take account of their disability.
  • The law also protects people who are wrongly thought of as being disabled and those who have been treated less favourably because of their link with a disabled person. Someone who cares for a disabled child or adult is protected from direct discrimination and harassment. However the Act does not give carers the right to reasonable adjustments. Only disabled people have this right.

This guide contains the following sections:

  • What do we mean by disability?
  • When might the Equality Act help?
  • Reasonable adjustments - what can be done
  • Sickness absence
  • Ill health dismissals 
  • Redundancy selection
  • Changes to the systems of work
  • Health and safety
  • Making a complaint to Tribunal
  • Access to work

For further information contact your local Union office or phone 0845 60 60 640 (calls charged at local rate) to connect to your office.

You can also email the Equalities section at

Supporting Disabled Members - A Guide for Usdaw Reps was correct at date of publication April 2011.