Disability discrimination law

21 – 22 November 2017

UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY

Closing date: 7 October

This course will help activists when representing members and negotiating with employers around disability issues by increasing their understanding of how often disability discrimination law applies and how it can be used to put pressure on employers to take positive steps.

The course covers identifying potential cases of disability discrimination in the workplace, who disability discrimination law applies to, how to interview members with a potential case, the extent of the employer’s duties to make
reasonable adjustments, the relationship between sickness issues (e.g. back injury, depression) and disability discrimination, and recognising time-limits. It does not cover how to run a tribunal case.

Reps should be ERA accredited and should have attended a basic employment law course in the region before applying for this advanced courses.

To apply, complete the application form and return it to LearningAndOrganising@unison.co.uk


UNISON Learning and Organising, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY

Click to download the application form


Branches will be charged the following course fees:


Accommodation, travel and care costs and a £5 per day out-of-pocket allowance will be paid from national level.


Travel and care costs and a £5 per day out-of-pocket allowance will be paid from national level.

Allocation of course places

To ensure the effective application of UNISON principles of Proportionality and Fair Representation places are allocated on national courses immediately after the closing date instead of on a first come first served basis. If courses are oversubscribed, selections are made on the basis of achieving Fair Representation and Proportionality, as set out in UNISON Rules, and to ensure a fair spread of participants from regions and sectors where appropriate.

In-depth employment law courses supplement the range of training offered at regional level. They are aimed at experienced activists and this is also taken into account when offering places on these courses.

Facilitation and dependant care

It is UNISON policy that no member should be deterred from applying for a course because of facilitation needs, necessary childcare or other care commitments.

Cancellation policy

Where places on courses are cancelled without good cause charges will be levied as follows: Where places are cancelled within two weeks of the start of the course the cost will be 50% of the course cost. Where places are cancelled within one week of the start of the course the cancellation will be 100%.

Our commitment to equalities

As part of UNISON’s equal opportunities policy in education there is a questionnaire at the back of the application form. This information will be strictly confidential and used only to monitor UNISON’s ability to deliver educational opportunities fairly to all sections of its membership.