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Recession must not affect disabled workers, says TUC

Published: Monday, 08 June 2009   Category: Diversity Jobs

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has said that the current economic climate may have a negative effect on disabled workers and that it must be fought.

Frances O'Grady, deputy general secretary of the organisation, spoke at its annual disability conference about the discrimination that those with mental or physical handicaps might face due to financial pressures on companies.

Ms O'Grady commented it was "vital" that disabled people remain in employment to avoid social divisions and long-term disadvantages.

She said: "As in previous recessions it will be disabled workers who will be disproportionately affected. It's our job as unionists to be alert to these dangers; to hold employers and indeed ministers to account for the actions they take."

Easyjet owner Stelios Haji-Ioannou recently helped disabled entrepreneurs by sponsoring a competition aimed to award those who have overcome barriers to develop exceptional skills in work, according to Realbusiness.

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