On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the World Federation of Trade Unions expresses its solidarity with people with special needs and supports their demands for free and public healthcare, for employment and life with rights and dignity.
Worldwide, people with disabilities face health problems, lower participation in education and higher rates of unemployment and poverty. They suffer barriers to access to health, education, transport services. These difficulties are exacerbated in the poor population or in developing countries, where disability rates are higher than in developed countries, since poverty can lead to the emergence of health conditions associated with disability, such as low birth weight, malnutrition, lack of clean water or adequate hygiene, unsafe work and injuries.
The world militant trade union movement calls upon all workers to strengthen our struggle for the improvement of living conditions of the persons with disabilities and demands:
- Access to free, public and high quality health and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities
- Adequate free state services and infrastructure for their daily care, moving and communicating
- Health and safety measures for all workers at the workplaces and especially for persons with disabilities
- Employment for all persons with disabilities who are able to work under state responsibility
- Benefits and pensions that can assure them a dignified life