"Stumble outa bed, get myself fed, catch the morning train, get to work, work all day (with breaks, of course).
Finish work, get loads a praise and feel great about my achievements and grateful for being given an opportunity to prove myself!! Does this sound familiar to you? Most of us go through this (or similar routines) and this is where the story starts to separate.
If this was you, how would you feel if that was the end of the story?
You have done a great job, see you tomorrow...
"We LOVE having you work here BUT...
WE CANT PAY YOU, in fact WE are doing YOU
a favour by having you here in the first place,
we are helping you to work."
What these businesses fail to mention is that, as they offer this grand opportunity to have the poor misunderstood person earn some more in the self esteem bank of life,
THE BUSINESS IS
How do think this would fly with mainstream people?
yet we don't bat an eyelid when it happens to people with disabilities in the name of Community Service???
Does anyone remember what happened to the indigenous community of Australia, when they were exploited for their cultural artworks by greedy and self centered art gallery thieves, who wouldn't pay them, but in turn offer them scraps of food or by them a tv? then sell their artwork for THOUSANDS of dollars. We as a nation didn't stand for it, its now law and is a criminal act to do so.
"Why is this any different?"
I call it JUST NOT FAIR!!!!!
This doesn't happen all the time, but it does happen a lot more than people know.
We parents keep quiet about it because if we make waves, there is always some-one else wanting the opportunity to work for nothing. What I find unfair is getting people with disabilities working for no money (or $5/day), under the veil of being a Community Service, but charging clients/customers full price for their product and this money going to pay the managers, other staff & admin, who are paid full wage for their services.
The other trick is to hire some-one with a disability for as long as the Gov subsidises their wages - hence the employer is getting cheap labour, and then sacking them once the government money stops...no matter how efficient they are...then going back into the 'disability stable' and picking another grateful person to work for 6 odd weeks.
"My girl really wouldn't care if she never got paid, she just LOVES to work"
But seriously does that make it right? Should employers be allowed to get away with
a corporate lack of responsibility, when it comes to disability?
Don't get me wrong here, I firmly believe in volunteer work and I believe EVERYONE should do some type of volunteer work BUT my concept of volunteer work is where there is no money change hands between the end user and the employer (except in OP-shops or soup kitchens & the like, where they cover their costs & put directly back to helping the vulnerable people).
And to make this worse, we have people like my 'friend' Richard Dawkins wanting to abort these people because they are not economically viable.
WELL NOR WOULD YOU BE, OLE BOY, IF YOU WERE ONLY WORKING FOR COMPLIMENTS!!!!!
I CALL ON OUR PARLIAMENT TO GIVE THESE AUSTRALIANS THE SAME RIGHTS AS OTHERS IN THE WORKPLACE.
I BELIEVE THIS IS A COMMUNITY MOVEMENT - A NATION WIDE MOVEMENT
WE NEED TO STAND UP AND MAKE IT KNOWN THIS CORPORATE GREED IS NOT ON!