The 10th Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Annual Disabled Workers Conference takes place in Dundee, on Saturday 2 November, against a background of austerity measures that continue to hit disabled people and their families throughout Scotland.
Speaking ahead of the Conference Barbra Farmer, Chair of the STUC Disabled Workers Conference said
“At every level the cuts imposed on the most vulnerable in our society have a greater impact on disabled people; whether in welfare, employment rights or social services, disabled people are disproportionately punished in what is becoming one of the world’s most unequal societies”.
Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary will said
“Without doubt disabled people are suffering at the hands of one of the most uncaring Government’s in decades. They attack the most vulnerable in our society withdrawing benefits based on reports from a flawed medical assessment, they threaten the livelihoods and social inclusion of disabled workers by attacking mobility benefits and households with disabled members face losing the homes as a result of the innocuous bedroom tax.
“These attacks are far from liberal and the Liberal Democrats in the coalition should be ashamed of the pain they are inflicting on disabled people. Their constitution espouses fundamental values of liberty and equality and they openly state that they aim to champion the freedom, dignity and wellbeing of individuals.
“The increasing poverty in disabled people would suggest that the Liberal Democrats have abandoned their principles in the desire for power and the losers are the most vulnerable in society”.
Go to Disabled Workers Conference webpage for Programme and motions for the Dundee Conference
For further information contact Ian Tasker 0141 337 8100