Cardiff UCU’s statement of support and solidarity with disabled members

We are striking due to a continuing battle over pensions, pay, and working conditions. 

The University is failing everyone, but it is especially failing our disabled workforce. 

The UCU campaigns to highlight the disadvantages faced by disabled people and the barriers and challenges they face in joining our workforce and reaching their potential in the workplace. 

Only a small percentage of our workforce have declared a disability and even fewer have positions in senior positions. 

UCU campaigns to educate, change attitudes and perceptions and raise awareness of disability issues to enable everyone to access jobs, buildings, and services. 

We are all struggling with the cost-of living crisis, but the crisis is felt more by disabled people as they typically require more heating and transport, for example, often on lower pay. 

The UCU works with our members to conduct risk assessments, to negotiate the complaints procedure where necessary and addresses issues of physical and digital inaccessibility. Amongst many issues, it campaigns for flexible working hours, to close the disability pay gap and achieve reasonable adjustments to remove or reduce disadvantage. 

We work to address society’s inequalities, barriers and stereotypes that creates discrimination and oppresses disabled people.