Equalities

An Autism Timeline

From the TUC handbook, 'Autism in the Workplace'.

1910: Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler coined the term ‘autism’, derived from the Greek word autós (αὐτός, meaning self). Bleuler was researching the symptoms of schizophrenia and identified a ‘withdrawal’ present in some patients as autism. 

TUC 'Autism in the workplace' handbook

Attached is the handbook for trade unionists on 'Autism in the Workplace', written by me and published by the Trades Union Congress in 2014.

This should be useful to all trade union reps and activists both in representing individual members who are autistic and/or have autistic dependants, and in organising to tackle discrimination and fight for autism-friendly workplaces.

Contents:

Women in the Past

This article is the first section of the Workers' Liberty pamphlet 'Comrades and Sisters', about socialism and women's liberation. It tells the story of women's struggle for liberation: from the French Revolution and the birth of feminism, through the fight for the vote, up to the 70s women's movement, Thatcherism and the backlash against feminism.

The Rights of Woman

Women in the Present

The second section of the Workers' Liberty pamphlet 'Comrades and Sisters' looks at women's situation today.

Domestic work, (badly-)paid work, the vast gulf between working-class and ruling-class women. Women in communities, and women in the welfare state. Religious fundamentalism, the state, New Labour and family values.

How can Marxism explain women's oppression?

Housework is Horrid

Women in the Future

The final section of the Workers' Liberty pamphlet 'Comrades and Sisters' looks at what socialism can offer women, and what sort of movement we need to win liberation.

Formal Equality and its Limits

CWU Disability Conference: 'Autism in the workplace' speech

08/11/2014 - 10:00

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

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

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