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Disabled are losing out on pay and jobs, claims TUC

Disabled workers are paid 15% less than other employees, a gap of around £3,000 a year, a study suggests. (stock photo)
Disabled workers are paid 15% less than other employees, a gap of around £3,000 a year, a study suggests. (stock photo)

By Alan Jones

Disabled workers are paid 15% less than other employees, a gap of around £3,000 a year, a study suggests.

The TUC said its research indicated that disabled people effectively work for free for the last 57 days of the year, so stop getting paid from today.

According to the analysis, disabled workers earn on average £1.65 an hour less than non-disabled workers.

Disabled people are also less likely to be in work, facing barriers to accessing employment, said the union organisation.

Around half of disabled people are in work, compared to more than four-fifths of non-disabled people, a gap of almost 30%, said the TUC.

General secretary Frances O'Grady said: "Everybody deserves a fair chance to get a job with decent pay. Being disabled should not exclude you from choosing to work, and it should not mean you are put on a lower wage."

She continued: "The next Government must show they care about disabled people in Britain today."

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