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This is my proposing speech for TUC Disabled Workers’ Committee’s emergency motion calling for action to stop cuts to funding for kids with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Several trade unions’ delegates spoke in support of the motion, which was passed unanimously.
Conference, I am going to tell you:
... with a nod to W.H.Auden's The Night Train ...
by Janine Booth, co-Chair, TUC Disabled Workers’ Committee
For several years, disability rights has seemed the most intractable of issues to fight on.
A poem in support of striking junior doctors, delivered on their picket line at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel on 10 February 2016.
Tell me Jeremy, with lives at stake
Aren't doctors safer when they're awake?
Would you have surgery from a doc
Who's been on duty round the clock?
Tell me Jeremy, tell me why
You seem to think that you can buy
Our doctors' lives, and their assent
For pieces of silver, a few per cent?
Alexander Kirchner, Chair of German transport trade union EVG, spoke at ETF Women's Committee on 12 October 2015. His two key points were:
1. EU Fourth Railway Package
Written in support of RMT's campaign to stop the (SNP) Scottish government privatising the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services:
Our Cally Mac's for sale
Public service coffin's nail
We'll nae let fares go skywards
Piranhas 'neath the waves
Lurk hungry in the caves
We've seen your profit figures
- Gold diggers!
RMT's Annual General Meeting, held in Newcastle 21-25 June 2015, passed the following resolution unanimously. It was submitted by Central Line East branch and proposed by delegate Janine Booth, who is also a sessional tutor at WEA London and a Unite member.
Women in Workers' Liberty are holding a socialist feminist conference on Saturday 28 February in London, and as part of that are hosting a social in the evening at The Union Tavern in King's Cross. There will be have spoken word poetry from Michelle Madsen, Janine Booth and Emily Harrison, feminist folk music from Karina Knight and "Thought Plane Theatre", a performance project from an interactiv