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Poets Versus Homelessness

Poets Versus
07/03/2019 - 19:30

Janine joins an array of other poets in an event to support campaigning against homelessness and to raise money for Crisis.

You will also be able to buy the Poets Versus Homelessness anthology, including some of Janine's poems.

Stop SEND cuts!

This is my proposing speech for TUC Disabled Workers’ Committee’s emergency motion calling for action to stop cuts to funding for kids with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Several trade unions’ delegates spoke in support of the motion, which was passed unanimously.

 

Conference, I am going to tell you:

What We Want

I thought the pay
Was quite OK
When I first came through the door
Then I paid my rent
And it was spent
And now I want some more

The company's board
Say they can't afford
They've got no more to give
But like Olly Twist
More than subsist
I want enough to live

The Strike Train

... with a nod to W.H.Auden's The Night Train ...

 
This is the rhythm of wheel along steel
It's the soothing and comfort that passengers feel
From the safety of knowing the doors only close
When the guard says it's ready, that's when the train goes

Tell Me Jeremy

Tell me Jeremy, with lives at stake
Aren't doctors safer when they're awake?
Would you have surgery from a doc
Who's been on duty round the clock?

Tell me Jeremy, tell me why
You seem to think that you can buy
Our doctors' lives, and their assent
For pieces of silver, a few per cent?

Island Dancers

Written in support of RMT's campaign to stop the (SNP) Scottish government privatising the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services:

Our Cally Mac's for sale
Public service coffin's nail
We'll nae let fares go skywards 
- Pirates!

Piranhas 'neath the waves
Lurk hungry in the caves
We've seen your profit figures 
- Gold diggers!

Oppose Job Cuts at WEA London

RMT's Annual General Meeting, held in Newcastle 21-25 June 2015, passed the following resolution unanimously. It was submitted by Central Line East branch and proposed by delegate Janine Booth, who is also a sessional tutor at WEA London and a Unite member.

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