Around 200 delegates from over 30 affiliated unions attended the TUC disability conference on 24 and 25 May.
John Hutton, secretary of state at the department for work and pensions, addressed the conference. He was forced to admit that the government will privatise Access To Work (A2W) from September.
A2W provides cash support for disabled workers entering new employment or to enable existing staff to stay in work.
Delegates were outraged that this wretched decision was only dragged from Hutton by the fourth delegate to raise it in questions. Labour Party members were disgusted by this “refocussing” of the budget. It is hoped the access to work issue will go to the TUC conference.
In past years this conference has been a tame affair. Delegates are now pushing for a much sharper approach.