Annual STUC Disabled Workers Conference opens in Dundee tomorrow

November 18th 2011

The Annual Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Disabled Workers Conference will take place this weekend when disabled trade union members will meet to discuss issues affecting disabled workers both in the workplace and wider Scottish society.

Alan McKay from the EIS who will chair the Conference said:

“As the cuts begin to take effect it is clear the coalition Government care little about the impact that their actions have on some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Disabled Workers who lose their jobs in the public sector will find it hard, if not impossible, to find alternative employment in the private sector where business have a poor record in employing people with disabilities.

"The reaction of the Government is to attack disabled benefits such as Disability Living Allowance, place supported employment workplaces under threat and subject disabled people with physical or mental impairment or serious long term conditions to an invidious Workplace Capability Assessment.

"This process has proved to be flawed and the Government has failed to provide justification for awarding a contract for these assessments to a private sector health provider who get the majority of their decisions wrong yet suffer no sanction."

ENDS

For further information contact Ian Tasker, 0141 337 8100

The Annual STUC Disabled Workers Conference takes place in the Apex Hotel Dundee on 19th and 20th November Programme and agenda attached

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