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Speaking at NEU Disabled Members' Conference

Submitted by Janine on 9 September 2021 at 18:32
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Janine will speak as part of a panel on Realising Disability Equality, specifically about links to the Labour Party and to DPOs (Disabled People’s Organisations) such as DPAC (Disabled People Against the Cuts), Inclusion London and ROFA (Reclaiming our Futures Alliance). 

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'A Terrible Betrayal': the centenary of 'Black Friday'

Submitted by Janine on 4 April 2021 at 10:52

Published in Solidarity 588, 14 April 2021

Long before ‘Black Friday’ became the name for the first day of the Christmas shopping season, it was the name that the labour movement gave to the day on which trade union leaders inflicted a defeat on their own movement. It happened exactly one hundred years ago, on 15 April 1921.

Learning Disability: raising awareness and working with charities

Submitted by Janine on 5 May 2018 at 20:04

The final motion at this year’s TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference was on Learning Disability. As this is an important and neglected issue, and the motion made some good points, it was clearly going to pass. However, I thought it important to point out some problems with it. Contributions to the debate were limited to three minutes, so this is probably more blunt and less nuanced than it might have been!

Report, TUC Disabled Workers’ Committee, 17 April 2018

Submitted by Janine on 4 April 2018 at 22:05

1. TUC Disabled Workers' Conference, 24-25 May, Bournemouth

  • Motions - The Committee agreed to to support all motions and amendments, except:
    • Unison's amendment to Unite's motion on Universal Credit (oppose) - the motion opposes UC; the amendment wants to change this to reforming it
    • POA's motion on mental health discrimination (oppose) - the Committee can not support the Time To Change campaign, as it is run by Mind, which collaborates with the DWP
    • Community's motion on sustainable supported employment (decision deferred) - the motion proposes promoting a particular company as 'best practice' for the employment of disabled people - we need more information before endorsing this

Union blog - Autism: raising awareness and winning acceptance

Submitted by Janine on 4 April 2017 at 14:16

I wrote this blog for the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), which published it on 3 April 2017.

At the start of Autism Awareness Month, campaigner Janine Booth says autistic people's involvement in our trade unions is essential to winning acceptance and raising awareness.

Do you have any autistic workmates? Perhaps you do. Perhaps you do but you don’t realise it. Perhaps you are autistic yourself. Maybe you have an autistic dependant – child or adult – or you know a workmate who does.