At RMT’s Annual General Meeting in June 2015, I proposed an emergency motion for the union to back Jeremy Corbyn, then an outsider in the Labour Party’s leadership election. These are the notes of my speech.
by Janine Booth, co-Chair, TUC Disabled Workers’ Committee
For several years, disability rights has seemed the most intractable of issues to fight on.
This is the speech I gave on 11 March, moving RMT's motion to TUC Women's Conference about sexual assault on stations and trains. TSSA submitted an amendment which RMT opposed. The amendment was defeated and the motion passed.
One of our elected delegates is not here.
Janine joins a packed line-up of Singers, Stand-up, Spoken Word:
- Susie Steed
- Leon Rosselson
- Ian Saville
- Janine Booth
- Sarah Clarke
- Richard Todd
- Tess Hurst
*Good Ship, Kilburn High Rd, NW6*
Respect for war dead is not proved
By the depth of bow you're showing
But by the mountains you have moved
To stop their numbers growing.
This poem was included in the anthology Poems for Jeremy Corbyn (Shoestring Press, 2016)
and published by the Daily Mirror in September 2016.
Janine will be debating James Abbott, editor of railway journal "Modern Railways", at this meeting fro members of the Labour Party in Leabridge ward.
Venue: St John Ambulance Hall, 1a Mildenhall Road, E5 0RU
I vote Conservative -
That's the last time
I tell you.
The reds would wreck the country.
I don't believe that
Austerity is wrong.
Scroungers and skivers
Are the real
Problem. The Conservatives
Will tackle the economic
Mess Labour left. Taxing the rich
Punishes wealth creators. Stop blaming the
Millionaires, attacking hard-working people.
A prized plot of land is the centre ground
Where a sizeable crop of electors is found
Fierce turf wars are waged for its title deeds
For the rights to the lease and to sowing one's seeds
On the centre ground
Janine giving a speech at the Sussex Labour Representation Committee (LRC) fringe meeting at TUC Congress 2015. The subject of the meeting was fighting austerity and defending trade union rights.