When I visited the Port of Antwerp in October 2014 with the ETF Women's Committee, we were due to go to a particular terminal - but it was closed, after a seafarer was killed while a ship was being loaded the previous day. The port is staffed only by registered dockers, under rules similar to the UK's National Dock Labour Scheme, abolished by the Tories in the 1980s.
Public transport - publicly-owned and -accountable, democratically run by workers and passengers, affordable, accessible, safe, efficient, environmentally-friendly ... cor, that'd be good, wouldn't it?!
I'm writing this verse on the toilet
A priv'lege that cost me the Earth
Forty p for to pee is an outrage
I'm determined to use all it's worth
I'll sit on the throne til my train comes
It's a platform, and I'm in no rush
They are piping departure announcements
Through a speaker that's next to the flush
Meeting of the European Transport Workers' Federation Women's Committee in Antwerp.
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.
Venue: 10th Floor restaurant, London Underground Ltd HQ, 55 Broadway. Open to TfL / London Underground staff.
Janine will give a presentation about the social model of disability as applied to autism, and explain the role of the Trade Unions. (15:00-15:30)
After this and other speakers, Janine will take part in a panel Q&A session (15:30-16:00)
In 2012, the End Violence Against Women coalition published a poll showing the extent of women's fear of travelling on London Transport. RMT issued a press release, including a quote from Janine, which you can read here.
Tweets of distress from Peterborough
The text all drenched in fears
Signal failure - help us please -
Bring crosswords, cake and beers
We've been stuck here for two whole hours.
Now wipe away your tears
And count yourself lucky, I tweet back -
I was stuck there eleven years
Closed London Underground lines
Look back in Ongar
pic: Ongar station
Don't give up your seat
For someone who needs it more
Pretend you're asleep