News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Law prompts focus on abilities, not disabilities

CTU Media Release
30 November 2007

Repeal of outdated law prompts focus on abilities, not disabilities - CTU

"The repeal of the Disabled Persons Employment Promotion Act, which comes into effect today, is an important milestone in a shifting focus on workers' abilities, not disabilities," CTU vice president Richard Wagstaff said today.

"All workers deserve the right to decent work. The previous law disadvantaged workers with disabilities, it diminished their human rights and it reflected attitudes towards disability which are unacceptable."

"Workers with disabilities and their supporters have consistently advocated for their workplace rights and for the repeal of this law. All workers will now be able to access core work rights such as the minimum wage, sick pay and holidays entitlements."

"The repeal of the DPEP Act was signalled six years ago in 'Pathways To Inclusion', and we acknowledge those employers who have been making changes over recent years to ensure they are ready to operate in the new environment."

Ends.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>


Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>

ALSO:

Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Jenny Abrahamson's John & Charles Enys: Castle Hill Runholders, 1864-1891

This volume will be of interest to a range of readers interested in the South Island high country, New Zealand’s natural environment, and the history of science. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION