Mental Health Guide

A new Guide on the implementation of Mental Health Policy in The Work Place is available here:

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_073682

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New NUJ survey shows failure
to employ disabled journalists

The National Union of Journalists Disabled Members Council (DMC) has released details of a survey of union members which shows that a worrying 31% of disabled NUJ member journalists are ‘long term’ unemployed.

MC Chair Stephen Brookes said: ‘This is a serious problem which shows that the lack of disability representation and journalism in newsrooms will do little improve society’s understanding of disability’.
NUJ Disabled Members Council is working hard to improve the status of disabled people in the media, both in representation and employment, and the survey has shown that some serious problems face disabled journalists.
Mr Brookes said:’Other findings of immediate concern are that 4.1% of disabled journalist respondents have experienced actual discrimination in the workplace, and 8.4% have experienced problems with job opportunity access.’

One respondent to the anonymous survey commented: ‘In looking at employment of disabled people in the media, ‘the best person for the job’ is a loaded term. It could mean ‘who fits in’ or ‘who doesn’t create problems’ and clearly disabled people are seen as causing problems. The playing field should be equal, but unfortunately there are subjective qualities and access barriers or
– health and safety problems, which are just bad excuses that are brought into the game and before a job opportunity could ever begin it frequently is ended.’

Other important responses showed that in terms of representation of disability, 56% of non-disabled respondents consider that disabled people are not represented fairly in the media, and this reply goes up to a massive 87% from disabled members.

Mr Brookes insists that: ”The support of the non-disabled members of our union is essential in ensuring that disabled people do not continue to be the invisible group in the media industry’. And he added: ‘The survey results show the sad truth of employer-created discrimination facing 0disabled people in all areas of employment in the UK, and I specifically urge all media organisations to urgently re-evaluate their disability equality policies’

For more information contact NUJ DMC Chair – Stephen Brookes MBE on 01253 594114 stbmbe@aol.com or NUJ Equality Officer Lena Calvert on 0207 278 7916.

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Labour Research Disability Findings

Only 24% of adults with long-term mental health problems have jobs, the lowest employment rate for any of the main groups of disabled people. This is what Roisin Woolnough discovered researching for an article – Fighting the fear factor – in the February 2007 edition of Labour Research. Her report is based on her reading of a recent government report, Mental Health and Social Exclusion. See a summary of the government’s report at
http://www.socialexclusionunit.gov.uk/downloaddoc.asp?id=185

Recent legal changes have consolidated a decade of improved employment rights for disabled people. This comprehensive guide explains the legislation and how unions are making the most of it, and looks at new developments that could accelerate or impede progress on achieving disability equality in the workplace.
1115.jpg1115.jpg is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price £5.70 or £11.40 for employers or commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of £34.45 (£76.95 for employers/ commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.

Labour Research Department is an independent think tank representing the trade union movement.

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Disability Handbook Launched

It’s a cracker! That’s the verdict on the NUJ’s new Disability Handbook by those who have seen it. Produced in hard copy as a glossy, A4 size booklet, the handbook consists of twenty-nine pages of information on journalism and disability, covering subjects such as disabled members in the workplace, disability and the law, union activity and campaigns – even the new Equality Acts in the Republic of Ireland are discussed Portrayal issues and – especially important for journalists – appropriate language in dealing with disabled people are also included.

The handbook comes as an A4 booklet, or as PDF available here but is also available in whatever format you need. It’s on the main Union website at http://www.nuj.org.uk or simply contact us in the DMC and we’ll get the information to you in whatever format you request.

The Handbook will be officially launched at this year’s ADM in Birmingham 12-15 April and other launches will be held in various locations in Ireland and in UK .
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Results of Disabled Members Survey

The National Union of Journalists’ Disabled Members Council (DMC) has released details of a survey of union members which shows that a worrying 31% of disabled NUJ-member journalists are ‘long term’ unemployed.

DMC Chair Stephen Brookes said: “This is a serious problem which shows that the lack of disability representation and journalism in newsrooms will do little improve society’s understanding of disability.”

The NUJ Disabled Members Council is working hard to improve the status of disabled people in the media, both in representation and employment, and the survey has shown that some serious problems face disabled journalists.

Mr Brookes said: “Other findings of immediate concern are that 4.1% of disabled journalist respondents have experienced actual discrimination in the workplace, and 8.4% have experienced problems with job opportunity access.”

One respondent to the anonymous survey commented: “In looking at employment of disabled people in the media, ‘the best person for the job’ is a loaded term. It could mean ‘who fits in’ or ‘who doesn’t create problems’, and clearly disabled people are seen as causing problems. The playing field should be equal, but unfortunately there are subjective qualities and access barriers or health and safety problems, which are just bad excuses that are brought into the game and before a job opportunity could ever begin it frequently is ended.”

Other important responses showed that in terms of representation of disability, 56% of non-disabled respondents consider that disabled people are not represented fairly in the media, and this reply goes up to a massive 87% from disabled members.

Mr Brookes insists that: “The support of the non-disabled members of our union is essential in ensuring that disabled people do not continue to be the invisible group in the media industry.” And he added: “The survey results show the sad truth of employer-created discrimination facing disabled people in all areas of employment in the UK, and I specifically urge all media organisations to urgently re-evaluate their disability equality policies.”

For more information contact NUJ DMC Chair – Stephen Brookes MBE on 01253 594114 stbmbe@aol.com or NUJ Equality Officer Lena Calvert on 0207 278 7916.

28/03/07

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