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Disabled people, work and welfareIs employment really the answer?$
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Chris Grover and Linda Piggott

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318323

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318323.001.0001

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Disabled people and employment in Poland

Disabled people and employment in Poland

(p.105) Six Disabled people and employment in Poland
Disabled people, work and welfare

Monika Struck-Peregończyk

Policy Press

Since 1989 Poland has undergone significant changes, most notably the introduction of a market economy and, along with it, the emergence of unemployment. A quota-levy system was introduced in 1991, as well as many other employment policies for disabled people. However, disabled people in Poland are still particularly vulnerable to worklessness. Although the employment rate of disabled people has grown for the last few years, less than a quarter of disabled people of working age are in paid employment. The chapter discusses the employment position of disabled people in Poland and critically explores the policies that are supposed to help disabled people access paid employment. The chapter argues that, despite the prevailing view which suggests it is desirable for disabled people to work, Polish employment policies for such people remain ineffective.

Keywords:   disabled people, employment policies, Poland, quota levy system, work, worklessness

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