UPDATE ON PREVIOUS ISSUES
That National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (UK). I have been a member since 1997, and served on the union's national executive 2011-13.
An ETF Women’s Committee meeting consists of the elected Committee members, representatives of each sector (railways, civil aviation, etc), guests from affiliated trade unions, local women trade unionists (this time, from Antwerp port), and ETF staff. At the next meeting, we will be joined by the newly-elected young women’s representative.
Women Working at Antwerp Port
Having begun working as a receptionist in 1975, Monique Verbeeck is the first female secretary of the Belgian port union, BTB. She is also the ITF and ETF women port workers’ representative. Monique introduced a deputation of women union activists from the Port of Antwerp, who addressed the meeting and took us on a visit to the port.
From 2007, the socialist government introduced equality legislation and a framework to demand action against sexism and harassment. But since then, the situation has been worsened by economic crisis, with equalities driven off the agenda, curbs on collective bargaining, crèches closed, and equality plans dropped.
I was an RMT delegate to TUC Congress in 2006. Here are links to my blog posts at the time:
I'm posting this just for the record. If people lie about me in public, I guess I need to set the record straight in public. This article - which tackles the lies with the truth - was published on the Workers' Liberty website in February 2014.
This is the speech I gave proposing the resolution on Solidarity With Israeli And Palestinian Workers at RMT's Annual General Meeting 2008 - followed by my reply to points made in the debate. The anti-boycott policy was superceded by a pro-boycott policy at the following year's AGM.
Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people is terrible.
I will be performing poetry at this event, which will take place at the P21 Gallery on Chalton Street, London NW1.
More details to follow.
On 20 May 2014, I spoke at a meeting entitled 'Is It Time To Re-Nationalise UK PLC?' organised by Sussex Labour Representation Committee for the Brighton Fringe / PCS conference. The other speakers werre John McDonnell MP, Maria Exall and Andrew Fisher.