The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has revealed that disabled workers are paid 16% less than their able-bodied counterparts. This equates to over £3,000 per year based on a 35 hour week. The TUC have also launched the Disability Pay Gap Day today (4th November), as it marks the start of the 57 days of the year that disabled people effectively work for free, when compared to their non-disabled colleagues.
The union’s 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.”