Gaining support for disability equality

UNISON disabled members have won support for the union’s disability equality in the workplace campaigns from Labour’s new shadow minister for disabled people, Vicky Foxcroft MP (pictured). Members of the national disabled members’ committee had the chance to question Vicky at an online meeting over the summer. Vicky started by telling members about her background in the trade union movement and her own experience of “shielding” during COVID-19. Vicky has rheumatoid arthritis and the medication she takes means she is extremely vulnerable to the virus. At the start of the crisis she was able to do her job as an MP from home, but then the government changed the rules and she is now denied the ability to fully participate in the House of Commons. Angela Hamilton from Northern region and a member of UNISON’s NEC welcomed Vicky to her new role. She said: “It’s great to have a Labour shadow minister who actually understands disability, unlike the Conservative government minister for disabled people.” Angela went on to ask Vicky to raise the need for statutory guidance, so employers know they need to take extra steps to keep disabled people safe from coronavirus. Vicky said: “Many disabled people are suffering with their mental health because of the fear of going back to work in light of confusing government guidance. Employers tell us they want this guidance as well. I will keep pushing the government on this.” Suppor...
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