Report from the 2013 TUC Disabled Workers' Conference, published in Solidarity 287, 29 May 2013
This year's TUC Disabled Workers' Conference roundly condemned government attacks on disability rights, and pledged action against cuts in jobs and benefits.
Meeting in London on 23 and 24 May, around 200 trade union delegates debated issues including work capability assessments, benefit cuts and the propaganda war against claimants.
On the first day, Conference adjourned an hour early to take part in direct action against the cuts, blocking Tottenham Court Road for an hour.
Two Conference fringe meetings discussed autism and neurodiversity in the workplace, and disabled access to public transport, the latter putting the case that public ownership and adequate staffing levels are as important to access as structural improvements such as lifts and ramps.