Discrimination against workers who are disabled may rise during the ongoing economic downturn.
This is the claim of Frances O'Grady, deputy general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), who said that such employees will be hit worse the other people by redundancies as firms increasingly seek to cut the size of their workforces.
Speaking a recent conference, he said: "As in previous recessions, it will be disabled workers who will be disproportionately affected."
He cited funding pressures on key services, discrimination during redundancy selection and a greater reluctance on the part of employers to meet their obligations towards disabled staff as factors that will contribute towards this.
Mr O'Grady went on to suggest that it is the responsibility of unionists to be alert to unfair treatment and to hold employers to account if it occurs.
Representing around seven million workers, the TUC campaigns for fair working and social conditions in the UK and abroad.