Disabled workers could be out on street

Happily employed intellectually disabled workers will soon be out of jobs if the Government removes employers’ subsidies, a New Plymouth cafe owner is warning.

Peter Hardgrave of Espresso Cafe, who has regularly employed intellectually disabled workers for nine years, says he will now pull the pin because a Government policy to gradually remove the subsidy will make future employment impractical.

The short-sighted policy did not take into account the fact that the worker would never have the same abilities as the rest of the workforce, he said. Continue reading

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