Disabled members

Fighting inequality

From those who have completed equality information on our membership system commix, PCS has recorded over 1,000 disabled members as at July 2011.  This represents 1.6% of our membership.

The disabled members advisory committee (DMAC) firmly believes that appropriate monitoring is vital to ensure PCS are fully representative of its disabled members. You can help increase representation and influence our campaigns by updating your details (confidentially) on iMembership.

Who we are and what we do

The DMAC has developed professional expertise as a result of many years’ involvement in disability rights work and campaigns.

The decisions of both the official side and PCS can impact on disabled members in different ways. Our role is to ensure both sides have taken into account the impacts their decisions have on disabled staff.

The DMAC consists of eight disabled members elected annually at group conference (usually in May) by branches in HMRC and VOA to provide expert advice and support to the GEC. We elect a chair and vice chair from within our committee.

You can stand for election by asking your branch to nominate you at your annual general meeting (AGM) which usually takes place at the beginning of each year. Speak to your branch secretary for more details.

In addition to providing advice and guidance to the group executive committee (GEC) we work on projects to promote disability equality by exploring key issues and producing campaigning resources. 

In recent years we have:

  • Negotiated changes to the parking policy to include reasonable adjustment parking for disabled people whether or not they hold a blue badge;
  • Prodcuded guidance for reps on Access to Work (ATW) assessments;
  • Highlighted the discriminatory nature of some aspects of the tax legislation;
  • Campaigned against disability hate crimes;
  • Worked with the young members' advisory committee (YMAC) to raise awareness of self harms.

In 2010 we produced a report on the impact of the cuts. 

In line with PCS national and TUC policy, the DMAC is committed to the social model approach to disability, i.e. one in which disability is defined as the exclusion experienced by people with impairments as the result of barriers they experience to full and equal participation in society.

The DMAC is wholly opposed to any depiction of disabled people as subjects of pity, charity, medical curiosity, or disgust.

Taking our agenda forward

As part of our ongoing work for the year, we will be examining the experience of people with different behavioural styles related to their impairments given the current emphasis on 'leadership behaviours' and considering what adjustments are needed.

We'll be making recommendations to our negotiators around Next Generation HR regarding personal evacuation plans for disabled people, including the avoidance of disabled ground floor 'ghettos'.

We will be producing a resources park full of useful ideas and suggestions for celebrating UK disability history month (which is taking place from 22 November to 22 December) in branches.

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