Disabled to be forced to work for nothing

#1
It would seem that ministers have been reading Arrse for there inspirations.
Saturdays Guardian (sorry no linky) is running a story about the disabled as of Monday will be forced to take unpaid work for as yet unlimited hours.

Seems ok on the face of it, although this will be an eye opener for a lot of employers who sign up for this one. As the Equalities Act will still be in force, even if the employees are not paid. Which unlike the disability discrimination act enforces all employers regardless of the number of employees So that's
Providing reasonable adjustments to the building, such as
Access to the building
no steps, but a lift
Providing a place away from the working area for a rest break
Disabled toilets
Adaptions to water fountains and any other facility, so that the disabled employee has equal access
Only able to work for 48hrs a week
Any abuse or comments about the disabled by a worker, could be seen as a criminal offence
Provision of transport to get the disabled person to work and home again, even as much as the costs of a taxi
Provision of specialist equipment to enable the disabled employee to do the job
Provision of heating or cooling within the remit of the health and safety at work act.
Equality training for permanent employees
Provision of safety equipment, including adaptions to the equipment to make allowances for the disability of the worker.
And breaches of the equalities act do not need a time period, to take a case to an employment tribunal, nor does the worker need to be an employee of the company taking on the disabled worker, to bring a claim.

And the list goes on and on

Seems to me that whoever thought up this one gave it as much thought as one might give to picking a nose.

Pass the crisps and pop, this should be fun.
 
#6
It would seem that ministers have been reading Arrse for there inspirations.
Saturdays Guardian (sorry no linky) is running a story about the disabled as of Monday will be forced to take unpaid work for as yet unlimited hours.
Good idea. A family friend had a son (now 27ish) who had massive brain damage as a baby. Almost no communication skills and a very childlike view of things.

Amazingly the Mother makes him go out and work (as a cleaner where all he has to do is follow basic commands) and has made him do voluntary work at shitty places like Asda.

She's minted, but realises that sitting at home all day waiting to die is not living. I'd have respect for anyone who actually tries to help themselves or do achieve what they can, no matter how little that may be. As apposed to the hordes of no hopers who think the world owes them a living.
 
#7
Good idea. A family friend had a son (now 27ish) who had massive brain damage as a baby. Almost no communication skills and a very childlike view of things.

Amazingly the Mother makes him go out and work (as a cleaner where all he has to do is follow basic commands) and has made him do voluntary work at shitty places like Asda.

She's minted, but realises that sitting at home all day waiting to die is not living. I'd have respect for anyone who actually tries to help themselves or do achieve what they can, no matter how little that may be. As apposed to the hordes of no hopers who think the world owes them a living.
That son is you isn't it?
 
#9
I have tried and really can't see an issue with this. Surely an employer will go through the same pre employment procedures and will then make a decision to employ...........or are these people to be forced on employers who will then go bankrupt as a result of fitting lifts, access, transport to work et al, etc?
 
#10
Providing reasonable adjustments to the building, such as
Access to the building
no steps, but a lift
Providing a place away from the working area for a rest break
Disabled toilets
Adaptions to water fountains and any other facility, so that the disabled employee has equal access
Only able to work for 48hrs a week
Any abuse or comments about the disabled by a worker, could be seen as a criminal offence
Provision of transport to get the disabled person to work and home again, even as much as the costs of a taxi
Provision of specialist equipment to enable the disabled employee to do the job
Provision of heating or cooling within the remit of the health and safety at work act.
Equality training for permanent employees
Provision of safety equipment, including adaptions to the equipment to make allowances for the disability of the worker.
And breaches of the equalities act do not need a time period, to take a case to an employment tribunal, nor does the worker need to be an employee of the company taking on the disabled worker, to bring a claim.

And the list goes on and on
Aren't most of the adaptions above already implemented by most firms anyway?
 
#16
Aren't most of the adaptions above already implemented by most firms anyway?
No, it's the reason why employers would rather employ drunks and drug dealers than the disabled. It's the perceived costs evolved in making reasonable access to the disabled that scars the bejesus out of them.

Think on, do you have a water cooler at work? Well if one of your employees was wheelchair bound, i.e. me. Then access to a water cooler at my level is a legal requirement. Same for a photocopier, clocking on devices, is a locker provided? Any second floor offices, even if i don't have any reason for going up to the second floor, a lift is required! So as to provide equal access. A failure to be able to access the second floor might be seen as discriminating against the disabled worker.

As I said the list is endless, and under the Equalities Act, even if the worker isn't an employee of the company, the firm is legally required to provide any and all adjustments.

Remember my post about the DWP, getting rid of me because I needed a few reasonable adjustments? I was only there for 8 weeks, and the Employment Tribunal awarded me a 5 figure sum and costs(I got costs coz the judge reckoned the DWP didn't know there arse from the truth). Now multiply this sort of amount by the number of benefit claimants who are registered as disabled and are now going to be forced into the workplace?

Makes you love the nugget who didn't think this one through.


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#17
Disabled working for free eh? Find a pretty one, have her scrubbed and send her round to meet my little friend and me. I'll show her what equal access really means.

Might be best if her disability involves blindness. It puts me off when women laugh at me.
 
#19
I think you may find that water coolers are rented bits of kit and all modern manufacturers water coolers are of a height designed to make them available to wheel chair users or persons of restricted height.
 

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