Unifor marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on December 3, embracing this year's theme: “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world.” This theme resonates deeply with our commitment as a union to champion the rights and inclusion of workers with disabilities.
The current socio-political and economic landscape presents unprecedented challenges. In these times of crisis, the risk of persons with disabilities being marginalized increases significantly. Unifor is dedicated to addressing these challenges head-on, ensuring that disability inclusion is more than an ideal and a tangible reality in workplaces across the country.
We recognize the current labour market as an opportunity to redefine the intersection of work and disability. It's a chance to actively address the unemployment and underemployment of persons with disabilities while simultaneously tackling current challenges in access to employment.
Our goal is to create a work environment where everyone, regardless of their abilities, can contribute meaningfully and thrive. This IDPD, Unifor urges all members and locals to actively participate in fostering an inclusive environment.
Here’s how you can take action to show solidarity and promote inclusion:
- Utilize Unifor’s Inclusive Practices Toolkit: Enhance awareness and understanding of inclusivity in your workplace.
- Social Media Action on December 3: Share stories and achievements of persons with disabilities using Unifor’s social media shareables, emphasizing their abilities and contributions.
- Challenge Perceptions: Reflect on how disability is perceived in your workplace and take steps towards creating a more inclusive environment.
- Educate and Engage: During your next General Membership Meeting, play Unifor’s Workers with Disabilities Video to educate and engage members on the topic.
Together, let's embrace the power of solidarity to transform our workplaces into models of inclusivity and equity, not just on this International Day of Persons with Disabilities, but every day.
For more information or to get involved, please contact Derek MacLeod, Workers with Disabilities Staff Liaison, at @email.