You can read 19 more articles this month
DISABLED staff are being “victimised and terrorised” by company bosses using draconian sickness policies, public-sector workers warned yesterday.
Far too many workplaces are applying the same attendance management policies to all staff regardless of whether or not they have a disability, Unison conference heard.
This is leaving disabled workers feeling guilty for having a disability, delegates said, with many companies using it to get rid of them “through the back door.”
Highlighting employers’ obsession with sickness absence, Newport’s Steph Davies said: “I’m not alone in witnessing members being interrogated about their absence.
“But many managers don’t understand disability and mental health is an area that particularly worries me. Employers have no empathy and are afraid to approach them.
“They need to become more aware of the complexities of their conditions.”
Some employers are still using draconian sickness absence policies such as the Bradford Factor, which argues that shorter more frequent absences — hitting disabled workers most — are more disruptive than longer ones, delegates said.
Employers are obliged to make “reasonable adjustments” for disabled workers under the 2010 Equality Act.
But Dundee’s Margaret McGuire highlighted that because a reasonable adjustment is not clearly defined, disability leave tends not to count.
She stressed that absence of work due to a disability should be treated differently and recorded separately from general sickness leave.
This is particularly important during a time of cuts and redundancies when many employers use sickness absence to inform their decision, delegates heard.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.