One-third of workers with disabilities treated unfairly during pandemic, TUC survey finds
NEARLY a third of workers with disabilities have been treated unfairly at work during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a TUC survey released today.
A survey of more than 2,000 people with disabilities and health problems reveals that the significant barriers in the workplace they faced before the pandemic have increased.
Some 30 percent said they were treated worse than their non-disabled colleagues, while more than one in five who should have protected themselves worked most of the time outside their home – despite employers having vacation money to allow disabled workers to stay. at home.
Eight percent said they had experienced some form of bullying or harassment, while 12 percent believed their disability had affected their chances of promotion.
The TUC called on ministers to strengthen and uphold the right of workers with disabilities to reasonable accommodation in their workplace – only 55 percent of those polled had their adjustment requests fully met and one in six did received none.
The trade union confederation also demanded that employers be required to report their disability pay gap and show the steps they are taking to address it.
With recent government figures showing that workers with disabilities are 62 percent more likely to be made redundant, the TUC has called for action to prevent people with disabilities from being pushed out of the labor market.
General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Before the pandemic, workers with disabilities already faced enormous barriers to entering and staying at work. The Covid-19 has made the situation even worse.
“Employers are abandoning workers with disabilities. Many disabled workers and protectors felt unsafe at work during the pandemic. And too many disabled workers have told us that their boss is breaking the law by not giving them the adjustments they need.
“We saw with the last financial crisis that people with disabilities are too often on the front line for layoffs. As we recover from the pandemic, we cannot afford to reverse the vital gains made by people with disabilities – in the workplace and in society at large. “
A spokesperson for Disabled People Against Cuts said: “The results of this TUC investigation are shocking, showing that workers with disabilities are exploited and discriminated against in many cases.
“Unfortunately, the government’s disability strategy is unlikely to lead to any real improvements for workers with disabilities unless it has real teeth that employees with disabilities would feel safe to use against their employers. .