Disabled transport workers are a significant and valuable part of the workforce that delivers transport to millions of passengers and freight consignments every day. Many of us are also particularly vulnerable during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Working nine-to-five, round-the-clock shifts, only when the boss wants you or not working at all ...
You have no skills – you’re just a carer,
labourer and apron-wearer,
You smear on cream and dish out pills –
you don’t have skills.
You have no skills, you just wipe arses,
the underside of the underclasses,
You wipe up drool, make tea and chat –
Where’s the skill in that?!
I wrote this for my employer's intranet Living With .. series written by disabled workers, and thought I'd share it here too.
What is monocular vision?
I only have sight in my left eye. Some people lose sight in one eye gradually, through illness or disease. My sight loss, though, was rather more sudden and dramatic.
My monocular vision
Call centre working is a danger to your mental health.
Depression, anxiety, panic attacks, high blood pressure, sleeping problems and even suicidal thoughts are common among call centre workers.
More than 4 in 5 respondents to a Unison survey said that work made them stressed.
In another survey [Mind], when asked how workplace stress affected them:
As call centre workers face a mental health crisis, Janine advocates organising for workplace change.
A villanelle about the deaths of workers at the Crossrail Bond Street site.
Don't go down to level five
A killer's prowling in the deep
Stay away and stay alive
Worker bees construct a hive
of industry, where toxins seep
Don't go down to level five
Fatima’s autism makes her hypersensitive to bright lights, so she can’t work in our office, poor thing.
The bright lights in our office make Fatima distressed as she is autistic and unusually sensitive to light. She can work here if we turn them down.
When workers leave their homes to graft
by muscle or by brain
The least they need is safety from
the dangers and the strain
So those who wave their loved ones off
can wave them home again
Flowers will lie beside the line
where working people fell
For those who keep our railways safe -
they must be safe as well
Every year we send our tribunes
to knock upon the golden door
and take our just demands there with them -
place our claim, our case for more
The masters let them ask and close
their eyes and sigh that times are tough -
They can't afford to share with those
who made their wealth; there's not enough
It's our annual meet
to judge how you've conformed
So please take a seat
- how have you performed?
Your targets aren't SMART
and it's really a shame
That you didn't take part
in our team-building game
Your goals are alright
but you soon come a-cropper
You're quite impolite
to our mystery shopper