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ACAS seek volunteers for Disabled People's Involvement Forum

Acas, the employment relations service, today announced plans to establish its Disabled People's Involvement Forum. Acas wants to involve disabled people in areas of their policies and decision-making to make sure the issues around disability are understood.

Acas are seeking six highly committed disabled individuals from a diverse range of perspectives and impairment groups to volunteer for this unique committee to act in an informal advisory role - for more information  visit http://www.acas.org.uk/involvementforum

Hate crimes against disabled people must be addressed say TUC

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has challenged the Government, the media and trade unions to tackle the alarming increase of vicious hate crimes against disabled people.

Speaking at the annual TUC disability conference in London - which will include speeches from Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Trevor Phillips, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Communications and Diversity Manager, Liz Crossley and Disability Forward Limited Director, Michelle Valentine - TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

 'Violence carried out in the name of prejudice has risen up the agenda this year - and sadly you don't have to look far to find out why. This is happening here and now, in our country, in the 21st century. It is a scandal that shames modern Britain. And it demands an urgent response from all of us.

'The Government has begun to recognise this is a serious problem, and has introduced legislation to outlaw incitement to hatred on a growing number of grounds. But more needs to be done to fill in the remaining gaps.

The TUC Disability Conference took place on Wednesday 21 May to Thursday 22 May at Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS. TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber will speak at 11am on Wednesday 21 May.

Speakers included: Roger Berry MP; Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Trevor Phillips; Disability Benefits Consortium representative Sue Christoforou; Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Communications and Diversity Manager, Liz Crossley; NUJ representative, Stephen Brookes; and Disability Forward Limited Director, Michelle Valentine.

Wrong time to abandon flexible working say TUC

The TUC in what has been a busy week! have expressed concern that employers may abandon innovative working practices as the economy slows down
Speaking at the annual Work Wise UK summit, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said

''As we enter a period of economic uncertainty, it's tempting for employers to retreat from innovative working practices and instead work existing staff harder and longer. But the need for increased productivity is greater than ever, which makes this the perfect time for companies to introduce smarter working practices. Those employers who are keen to make flexible working work for their business and staff will find willing accomplices in trade unions.'

Diversity Link says, have a rest Brendan you deserve it!!!

Posted by Asif Yusuf

Publisher of Diversity Link

 

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