The news of the Parliamentary Labour Party’s vote of no confidence in its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has come as a shock to millions of disabled people in the UK. As a group we have taken the brunt of the austerity cuts over the past six years; and will be disproportionately affected when we exit the EU.
Disabled people campaigning for rights - for access, benefits, services and equality; against discrimination, cuts, prejudice and pity!
TUC Disabled Workers' Committee will meet at TUC Congress House, carrying out the decisions of the recent Disabled Workers' Conference and planning to step up the fight for disabled workers' rights.
POSTPONED - the event will go ahead with different speakers.
Janine will be giving a presentation about disabled people's access to public transport at the South West Unite the Union Disabled Members’ Seminar at the Regional Office at Tony Benn House, Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6AY. The seminar will be open to all SW Unite Reps and disabled members.
Val Graham reviews Autism Equality in the Workplace by Janine Booth.
Janine Booth, poet and author of Autism Equality in the Workplace, is both a worker and trade union activist. A member of the TUC Disabled Workers Committee, her handbook Autism in the Workplace was published online by the TUC in 2014.
We are working with Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell to progress the idea of the Labour Party developing a Neurodiversity/Autism Manifesto and appointing a Shadow Minister for Neurodiversity. We are pleased to hear from John that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also supports this idea. Neurodiversity (ND) is the term that describes the fact that different people have different brain wiring (neurology).
On 19 May 2016, TUC Disabled Workers' Conference hosted the Labour Party's Disability Equality Roadshow. Shadow Minister for Disabled People Debbie Abrahams introduced herself and the roadshow's aims, then listened as delegates told her what we want. Various policy areas were discussed, with an introduction from a member of the TUC Disabled Workers' Committee and contributions from delegates.
On Thursday 12 May, author Janine Booth and foreword-writer John McDonnell MP spoke at the launch event for 'Autism Equality in the Workplace: removing barriers and challenging discrimination', with contributions from two autistic workers and a parent of an autistic worker. Around fifty people attended.
Photos by Esme Bradbury, mostly.