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Disabled People Get A ‘Fair Go’

Disabled People Get A ‘Fair Go’

Today disabled workers have the same employment rights as other workers now that the Disabled Persons Employment Promotion Act is repealed.

DPA, the national assembly of disabled people, applauds the leadership that has been demonstrated by the repeal.

“Our country prides itself on letting everyone have a fair go so repealing this archaic piece of legislation is testament to that” says CEO Gary Williams.

Despite the fact that the repeal is a positive move for the rights of disabled people generally, DPA is concerned that there has been a campaign of misinformation to undermine our rights and the misinformation continues today.

“The act was discriminatory against disabled workers, and I doubt there would be a single disabled person in NZ who would say ‘I want to be discriminated against’” comments National Policy Researcher Wendi Wicks

“It’s amazing that some people say that our employers can’t afford to be fair to everyone who works. The attitude that saw thousands of disabled people work for unfair pay is just not on” she says.

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