We like to think that discrimination is falling, however a recent study has shown that job seekers with disabilities are actually suffering worse discrimination than a decade ago.The report commissioned by Capability Scotland found that disabled people who were able and willling to work fared much worse in the job market than the able bodied.
This charity which is heavily involved with the disabled is calling for modifications about how employers are operating their recruitment procedures. They have issues some guidelines and best practices to help employers with this situation.
The report was fairly comprehensive and looked at 100 different job application forms primarily in Scotland.One of the most obvious findings was that many employers were not complying with equality legislation in one important aspect. This was that the applicants were being asked to disclose too many details about their disability earlier in the process.
The report looked at the questions with regards health, disability and absence through sickness – all information that would be visible to short listing panels. This report is interesting because many will think employment practices have improved alongside legislation.
The problems seems to be that employers will frequently ignore the laws on employment and equality, this report seems to support this view.
According to Capability Scotland, over the period of the report from 1988. There is over a 5% difference in employment levels between the disabled and able-bodied individuals. The gap had previously been improving and in 2004 it had fallen to under 2.5% but it’s been rising steadily ever since.
It is important that we change these attitudes to both disabilities and also the legislation designed to protect disabled people.When employers start to realise that disabled people are capable and in many cases more capable than able bodied people – this difference will start to fall again. For the latest in news, information on disability, legislation the it’s worth checking out the resources on the BBC website. There are links there to all the relevent authorities and agencies too, if you have trouble watching any of the content from iPlayer because of location – this resource is worth checking – How to Watch UK TV Online.
Obviously the economic downturn is partly to blame for these figures, although it does seem to be unfairly affecting disabled candidates more than able bodied job seekers.
One of the best ways to peacefully protest injust and a bad situation is to vote with your money. Money makes the world go round. And voting with your money is a good way to let big business know how you feel about a particular topic. Think for example, how people started buying their fruit and vegetables from community stores that sell organic produce. This trend was quickly picked up on by supermarkets and by large scale farmers. Organic food is now part of the mainstream. Consumer groups are excellent for clarifying issues and for starting consumer action over dangerous and irrespensible products.
It is not just domestic issues that can be protested through consumer choice. Another powerful way to let multi nationals know that you disagree with their policies of exploiting workers in poor countries is to buy Fair Trade products that give a fair share of the profits to farmers and artisans in poor countries for their labors.
From an environmental point of view lots of consumption is inimical to nature. It pollutes, it increases carbon emiissions and speeds up the effects of global warming.
Coconut palms are grown organically nearly exclusively because the plant has a natural resistence to pests and pathogens. It is classified as a renewable resource because a coconut palm takes only 7 years to reach maturity and to start bearing fruit.
Coconuts are great resources for nutrition, vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. Cooconuts are great for the health. Coconut water is a great drink for rehydration. It contains more electrolytes than any sports drink. Coconut milk and coconut oil contain lauric acid. This is found in mother’s milk. It is an antimicrobial agent that protects the body from viral infection. Coconut milk contains a variety of vitamins and minerals and makes an ideal substitute for cow’s milk. It is suitable to give to growing children as it contains iron and calcium. It is also lactose free.
Coconut flour is also important for people suffering from gluten intolerance. It has 0% gluten and can be used to bake bread, cookies and cakes. It is also a good source of protein and can be added to shakes to make protein drinks.
Coconut cultivation is an important source of income for many developing communities in Polynesia, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. By buying coconut products you are helping to improve your health and you are helping people in developing countries. You are also protesting the agribusiness industry that is destroying nature with monoculture cultivation and a dairy industry that pumps cows full of drugs to stay alive.