Ruth Mitchell

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Disabled workers still face discrimination

Disabled people are still disadvantaged at work, claim the TUC as they launch a plan to get more disabled people working. Disabled people who want to work are not being recruited by employers, and too many disabled employees - including workers who become disabled after being injured at work - are losing their jobs, according to a TUC report published this week.Every year thousands of people are injured at work, but because so few UK employers have proper rehabilitation policies, many employees are never able to return to work again, according to the report. The TUC are urging the Government to put additional resources into and do more to publicise the Access to Work scheme, which gives financial help to employers who face extra costs because they employ disabled workers.TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: “Half the battle in getting more disabled people into work is overcoming employer prejudice. When recruiting staff, many employers simply ignore job applicants with a history of long term sickness or who are on Incapacity Benefit.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Ruth Mitchell .

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