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Tory Minister comments on disabled no surprise

15 October, 2014 - by Mickey Brady

Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady has said he is horrified but not shocked that Tory Welfare Minister Lord Freud has said people with disabilities are not worth the minimum wage.

 Mr Brady said,

 “While I am horrified that a minister would publically state people with disabilities should be paid less than able-bodied people I am not surprised given the extent of the British Tory government assault on the poor and vulnerable.

 “People with disabilities are already some of the most disadvantaged people in the workplace and now we have a millionaire Tory minister telling us that they are not worth the minimum wage.

 “People with disabilities play an important role in society and should be treated as equals including in the workplace where equal pay should apply.

 “Although he has now apologised it highlights the mindset of this Tory government that the most disadvantaged in our society should be treated as second-class citizens and that no section of the community will be immune from their impending cuts.”

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