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NUJ supports Disability Pay Gap campaign

4 November 2019

The NUJ Disabled Members' and Equality Councils are supporting a TUC campaign to raise awareness of the disability pay gap.

A report launched by the TUC today highlights that disabled people are paid on average £3,003 less per year than their non-disabled colleagues, equating to working 57 days per year unpaid.

Effectively, today 4 November marks the date that disabled people stop being paid for their work.
Only 51.8 per cent of disabled people of working age are employed, and the current disability employment gap is 29.8 per cent.

The TUC analysis shows that disabled workers face a “double discrimination” where it is harder to gain paid employment and when they do, they earn 15.5 per cent less per hour on average than non-disabled colleagues. This pay gap is at a five year high.

Natasha Hirst, NUJ Disabled Members’ NEC Rep said:

“NUJ supports the TUC’s call for mandatory disability pay gap reporting. We can't hope to see a reduction in the disability pay gap if disabled people are obstructed from progressing to more senior and better paid roles. Lack of access to training, poor provision of reasonable adjustments and low expectations prevent disabled people from reaching their potential. Unless employers are mandated to report on the disability pay gap, many will continue to ignore their duties to support disabled workers.”

Ann Galpin, Chair of NUJ Disabled Members’ Council said,

“Many of our disabled members freelance and work part-time, and it is important that the issues faced by freelancers are not rendered invisible. It is crucial that unionised workplaces include freelancers within their negotiations and continue to push employers to reduce inequality.

“The new analysis confirms our fears that the inequality is starker still for disabled women and for working age people living with learning difficulties and mental distress.”

“We urge NUJ members and supporters to sign the petition for mandatory disability pay gap reporting: https://www.megaphone.org.uk/petitions/we-need-mandatory-disability-pay-gaps-reporting