Belfast Telegraph

Disability pay gaps must be revealed, says TUC

By Alan Jones

Employers should have to publish disability pay gaps to help close the current difference of thousands of pounds, the TUC is urging.

A voluntary code published last year to encourage firms to disclose details of the pay and progression of disabled staff will not help close the gap, said the union organisation.

Disabled workers are paid almost £3,000 a year less than other employees, the TUC suggested.

Around 280 businesses signed up to the voluntary scheme but only five went on to publish their data, said the TUC. General secretary Frances O'Grady said: "Too many disabled people face poorer job prospects and lower pay. They've waited long enough for fair and equal treatment, and a light-touch, voluntary approach just isn't good enough.

"The evidence shows that it just doesn't work."

Belfast Telegraph