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CWU Disability Conference: 'Autism in the workplace' speech

Submitted by Janine on Wed, 03/09/2014 - 13:33
Event Date
Saturday, 8th of November '14 to Saturday, 8th of November '14

I will be a guest speaker at the Communication Workers' Union's Disability Conference in Leeds on Saturday 8 November.

I will be speaking about Autism in the workplace, looking at why autism is a trade union issue, myths and facts about autism, relevant laws, and organising against discrimination and in support of workers with autism or with autistic dependents.

Speaking Out about Autism at Work

Submitted by Janine on Tue, 02/09/2014 - 21:57

This is the speech I gave at TUC Disabled Workers' Conference 2013 in proposing RMT's resolution on Autism in the Workplace.

Andrew Beck has Asperger syndrome, an autistic spectrum condition. He was a golf club greenkeeper for 13 years with no problems, until a new boss bullied, humiliated and assaulted him, and forced him out of his job. Andrew won £78k at Employment Tribunal

Driverless Trains: a Warning from Helsinki

Submitted by Janine on Tue, 02/09/2014 - 16:11

September 2013

The underground railway (Metro) in Finland's capital city Helsinki is due to go 'driverless' in 2016. I discussed this with Finnish trade unionists Jussi and Satu, and heard a story that has important lessons for London Underground workers and passengers trying to prevent the same calamity happening in London.

Report: TUC Disabled Workers' Committee meeting, 6 February 2014

Submitted by Janine on Tue, 02/09/2014 - 14:58

The meeting took place on the final day of our 48-hour strike on London Underground and TfL. The Committee agreed to send a message of support to RMT and TSSA, and Committee members held a brief protest (in the pouring rain!) outside Tottenham Court Road station after the meeting. Photos of the protest have been circulated widely on social media.

Report: European Parliament Public Hearing on Work-Life Balance and Gender Equality, March 2014

Submitted by Janine on Tue, 02/09/2014 - 14:43

On Wednesday 18 March, the ETF Women’s Committee attended a public hearing on Work-Life Balance and Gender Equality, held by the European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality. Click this link for event information, including some of the speakers' presentations.