Marxist. Trade Unionist. Socialist-feminist. Author. Poet. Speaker. Tutor. RMT ex-Exec. Workers' Liberty. Autie. Bi. PUFC fan.

Work

Working nine-to-five, round-the-clock shifts, only when the boss wants you or not working at all ...

Living with Monocular Vision

Submitted by Janine on 04 February 2020 at 15:45

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

Mental health in call centres: Get unionised!

Submitted by Janine on 05 November 2019 at 16:57

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:

Flowers Beside the Line

Submitted by Janine on 03 July 2019 at 17:11

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

Recommend Acceptance

Submitted by Janine on 13 May 2019 at 21:25

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

Performance Review

Submitted by Janine on 20 February 2019 at 21:24

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

Guest post: Autistic Workers and Trade Unions

Submitted by Janine on 16 November 2018 at 14:21

by PCS rep, Helen Sheridan

Never give a trade unionist a platform if you want to get away on time. I hope you're all sitting comfortably. For anyone who cares about these things, my name is Helen Sheridan and I am a trade union representative with the Public and Commercial Services Union. I have served on the Executive Committee for my branch for almost ten years, as well as on various sub-committees within the branch. I'm also Autistic.

As you've probably noticed, awareness of neurodiversity has increased dramatically over the past few years, with high profile campaigns from groups like the National Autistic Society, increased representation in film and television, such as The A Word, and the rise of social media giving a platform to Autistic people themselves. Self Advocacy groups have gained more control over the conversation being had about Autism and are steering it to the areas that matter to Autistic people.