A TUC analysis of labour statistics has revealed that in 2018 391,000 (one in 10) disabled people dropped out of work in the UK.
Help For 1,000,000 Disabled Workers
The TUC and GMB trade union have launched a passports that is intended to help almost one million disabled people get the support they need at work.
The TUC analysis reveals 391,000 (one in 10) disabled people dropped out of work in the UK last year, but also that a further 555,000 (one in seven) changed employers.
Passport to Provide Smooth Access to Work
The TUC and the GMB have launched a model passport to help employers make the reasonable adjustments that make it possible for disabled workers to flourish.
Legal Obligations not Being Fulfilled
The TUC says that like everyone else people with a disability leave their jobs for many reasons, but sometimes disabled people leave their jobs because their employers has not fulfilled their legal duty, which has been in place, says Tim Roche, General Secretary of the GMB for twenty-five years, to make and keep in place the reasonable adjustments that disabled people need to do their jobs.
The TUC and the GMB believe it is vital to find a more successful and unified way of agreeing and recording what modifications need to be put in place to support disabled workers.
Official Agreement of Reasonable Adjustments
“The TUC and the GMB’s passport is, says Frances O’Grady General Secretary of the TUC is intended to be the ideal place to officially and clearly record what adjustments have been agreed, so disabled workers aren’t going back to the starting line every time they get a new manager or role.”
So the TUC and the GMB have produced a model reasonable adjustments employer agreement, for reps to agree with their employer, and a template of reasonable adjustments passport, to capture what adjustments have been put in place to eliminate barriers in the workplace.
These adjustments could include: providing specially adapted equipment (like a chair, desk or computer), temporarily changing the duties of the job, changing break times or working patterns, or allowing flexible working or time off for medical appointments.
When the adjustments are agreed, the passport is signed by everyone. The document can be reviewed at regular intervals and means disabled people don’t have to explain their requirements every time their line manager changes, or they change roles within their organisation.
Disabled Workers can Help Meet Shortages
Employers in many industries are facing difficulties in finding qualified workers so recruiting suitably qualified disabled people should help resolve these problems. The challenge is finding a way to make it easier for employers to hire people who need a reasonable adjustment to be made to facilitate their employment.
The passport is intended says O’Grady to enable to make these reasonable adjustments.
Once the reasonable adjustments have been made it should be easier for disabled people to thrive at work.
There is says, Roache for many disabled workers a daily battle with bosses just for the basic things they need to do their job. This causes stress for the worker and their families, and can lead to them dropping out of employment, and the problems that result from unemployment.
The new reasonable adjustment disability passport he says could tackle that – no matter where the disabled worker is employed or who they work for the passport will support the reasonable adjustments a disabled worker is legally entitled to.
“It’s a short policy that could improve the lives of millions of workers.”
You can find out more about supporting disabled workers at Work Place Learning Centre