The Midlands TUC Disability Forum today discussed what can make a trade union march and rally better from the viewpoint of a member with a disability. A number of things were highlighted by members of the Forum, including:
· Hosting those with disabilities at the front of the march so they can help set the pace of the march;
· Having a number of places organised where disabled members could join a march, so shortening the route or avoiding hills and slopes;
· Refuge and toilet facilities
· Appropriately briefed and aware stewards
· The provision of a bus for the use of members when they are tired, so allowing them to keep up with the march rather than drop out.
The autumn will see two import campaign marches and rallies – at the Conservative Party rally in Birmingham on 7th October and the TUC March for a Future that Works in London on 20th October. These comments will help TUC march organisers get it right on the day.