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 ...

Neurodiversity under Capitalism and under Socialism

Submitted by Janine on 03 November 2018 at 14:30

Autistic, dyspraxic, dyslexic and other people with atypical brain wiring have particular experiences under capitalism. These experiences have positive and negative aspects, and for many people include distress and disadvantage. What are the roots and the causes of this experience? Can we develop the positives while removing the disadvantages? Can we resolve the negatives by tweaking the current system?

Warming His Coals

Submitted by Janine on 16 February 2017 at 07:41

My (unsuccessful) entry to the 2017 Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition run by the Cookham Festival, celebrating its 50th anniversary and Spencer's 125th. It is about Spencer's 'Shipbuilding' paintings.

 

Frank was the Furnace Man, earnest and warm
The firebox of Shipbuilding, heat where there’s cold
He’s Chalmers by name and embraced for his charm
Stoking the fire made him strong in the arm
His gift to his workmates whatever their roles
Was letting them dry with a seat on his coals

RMT Mental Health training

Submitted by Janine on 05 February 2022 at 20:29
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This course will now take place online.

A week-long course for RMT reps and members about mental health in the workplace at the union's National Education Centre in Doncaster.

Register via the union's website or your branch secretary.