Unite, the country’s biggest union, has issued a message of solidarity in the week of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Unite today (Tuesday 4 December) held an event to celebrate the role of disabled people in the workplace and called for greater equality. Following the event Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, issued a statement in solidarity with disabled people, who are among the hardest hit by government cuts to welfare and public services.
Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary, said: “We represent thousands of workers with disabilities, as well as members who work to support disabled people.
“Many of our members manage to work in spite of their disabilities, but are desperately worried about the impact of cuts to services and benefits.
“People already struggling to overcome the challenges that disabilities present are some of the worst affected by this government’s politically motivated cuts.
“Furthermore, Unite represents members who work in frontline services supporting people with disabilities, including carers, cleaners and transport workers. These members are not only seeing their pay and conditions hit by this government, but also witnessing first-hand the devastating impact cuts are having on disabled people.
“It is a cruel twist that when we should be celebrating the role of people with disabilities in society the government seems set to unveil further attacks in the autumn statement.
“In the week of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we stand proud of Unite’s record of fighting for equality and reject the government’s attempts to pit the non-disabled against disabled people.”
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