Branch Disabled Members Group
Disability History Month 2017
Members encouraged to participate in celebrating Disability History Month
What is Disability History Month?
Disability History Month [DHM] runs from 22 November to 22 December each year.
It is an opportunity for PCS members to reflect on the experience and struggles of disabled people in Britain and around the world, and to celebrate and encourage individual and collective activism to challenge discrimination.
UK Disability History Month will look at artists who have been disabled, artists who have featured disabled people through a social model lens to understand the attitudes existing at different times over history towards disabled people through their portrayal in Art.
Why PCS supports Disability History Month
In the way we organise ourselves and campaign we always strive to ensure we are representing all of our members. We work with members to promote equality and tackle discrimination in the workplace, society and the wider world
Disability History Month is essential in providing information and raising awareness of the contributions that disabled people make, and also the challenges, and discrimination they have faced, and continue to face.
The theme for 2017 is “Disability and Art” looking at artists who have been disabled, artists who have featured disabled people through a social model lens and also to understand the attitudes existing at different times over history towards disabled people through their portrayal in art.
How can you get involved?
Members can support this year's Disability History Month in a variety of ways, including;
- Sending a message of solidarity via social media using #PCSDHM
- Using the photo opp cards, below, to organise a group photo in their workplace
- Sending PCS your experiences for use as part of a case study (Anonymous if preferred)
Disability and the Work Environment Survey
STUC Disabled Workers' Committee launch new survey of disabled workers
The STUC Disabled Workers Committee is gathering evidence on the impact the modern workplace has on disabled workers.
From sickness absence management polices to performance improvement procedures anecdotal evidence suggests that disabled workers get a raw deal.
Help inform the Committee's work on creating Fair Work For Disabled people in Scotland by completeing the very brief survey which is available here.
For those leaving a contact e-mail your name will be entered into a draw for a £20.00 book token.
For more information about PCS' Disabled Members Network, speak to any local rep who will be able to advise.
PCS Scotland Disability Network Meeting
Wednesday 5th July, Glasgow
PCS Scotland's Disabled Members Network will be holding their next meeting on Wednesday 5th July from 10am in the PCS Scotland Office, 145 West Regent Street, Unite Room 4(Ground Floor), Glasgow, G2 4RZ.
The meeting will be primarily to discuss motions to be put forward to this years Scottish Trade Uninons Congress' Disabled Workers Conference. This Conference brings together those from across the Scottish Trade Union movement with disabilities and sets the agenda for the elected STUC Disabled Workers' Committee to take forward the following year.
All PCS members who identify as disabled are invited to attend and contribute to this years Conference input. Any members that have any additional issues for the agenda are invited to submit these to Alex Lawrie, Network Secretary at PCS Scotland, ahead of the meeting.
For those planning to attend, please complete the form below and send to Branch Secretary, Kris Hendry, to authorise and forward to PCS Scotland on behalf of the Branch.
If members have any questions regarding this event or anything else related to disability issues and equality then please contact any local rep who will be happy to assist you.
PCS National Disabled Members Seminar 2017
Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th June, Leeds
The PCS Disabled Members Seminar will be held at the Novotel Hotel, Leeds on 10-11 June 2017.
The theme will be “Disabled Workers and Access to Jobs and Public Services”.
The seminar is aimed at disabled members who are newly active or who would like to become more active in PCS. Applications are positively welcomed from black, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members and young members who are often under-represented at union events.
PCS fully appreciates there may be special sensitivities linked to disability and LGBT issues, and all applications will be treated confidentially.
The seminar will seek to encourage greater participation from disabled members and will integrate the PCS national campaign and organising priorities of the union with the particular challenges faced by PCS disabled members.
A variety of speakers, workshops and discussion group sessions will be spread across the weekend.
Members can nominate themselves using the application forms available below. Further copies are available by contacting the Equality Department on 020 7801 2683. Alternatively you can email requests for application forms to email@example.com
Registration will open at 11am on Saturday 10 June, with lunch at noon and the seminar starting at 1pm. The seminar will finish no later than 1pm on Sunday, 11 June. PCS will meet the costs of accommodation, meals*, and reasonable travel, including those for carers. Access requirements will be met as far as possible.
Childcare facilities will be provided for children between the ages of 6 months and 14 years, however places are limited.
Delegates are encouraged to make alternative arrangements where possible and PCS will cover the costs of reasonable childcare claims on production of a receipt from a registered carer.
Applicants must submit a supporting statement detailing why they wish to attend as this information forms part of the selection criteria.
Please note all successful applicants are required to attend for the entire duration of the seminar.
The closing date for receipt of applications is noon on Thursday, 11 May, 2017.
Please also note that all seminar correspondence will be sent by email to the email address included on the application unless you notify us otherwise.
If you have any questions regarding PCS and the work of the Disabled Members Network, you can contact our Branch Disabled Members' Officer, Barbra Farmer, in confidence.
PCS Scotland Disability Network Meeting
Monday 27th February, Glasgow
PCS Scotland's Disabled Members Network will be hosting their next meeting on Monday 27th February. The meeting will be held in the PCS Scotland office at 145 West Regent Street, Unite Room 4, Glasgow, G2 2SG from 10am to 3pm.
The meeting will give disabled members and activists an opportunity to get together and to discuss some of the important issues facing PCS' disabled members as well as the wider community. The meeting will also be addressed by a guest speaker (TBC).
All PCS disabled members are invited to apply to attend however spaces are limited. To ensure a good spread of workplaces and branches, those interested in attending are requested to submit their details using the application form available below. Completed applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions regarding the Network, or any other equality issues relating to disability, then please contact any local rep who will be happy to discuss with you, in confidence.
PCS Scotland Disability Network Meeting
Thursday 9th June, Glasgow
PCS' Disabled Members Network will be holding a regional event in our Glasgow office on Thursday 9th June. The event will run from 12pm to 3pm.
The meeting will be used as an opportunity to discuss possible motions for this year' STUC Disabled Workers' Conference as well as the changes to the CSCS and new devolved powers coming to the Scottish Parliament. It wll also allow members an opportunity to meet in an informal setting.
Members interested in attending should complete the application form below. More details regarding the Disability Network is also provided, if anyone has any questions then please feel free to speak to any local rep.
PCS Disabled Members Seminar
Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th April, Birmingham
Each year PCS organises seminars for each of its equality groups. These seminars offer an excellent opportunity for members to learn about how to get more involved within our union as well as offering input to help shape PCS' campaigns.
Each seminar consists of a variety of speakers, workshops and discussion group sessions over the course of a weekend. They also offer an opportunity for our members to network with colleagues from across the rest of the country.
PCS' Disabled Members seminar will be held over the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April in Birmingham. The event will take place in the Novotel hotel and PCS will cover the costs for accomodation, travel and meals during the seminar weekend. Childcare facilities are also available, although places are limited.
Members can nominate themselves to attend this event, application forms are available from local reps and will also be available from the PCS website in due course. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 6th April. If successful members are expected to attend for the full duration of the seminar.