Video: Job cuts

Job cuts

A poem in the Welsh poetic form of Clogyrnach (which is remarkably similar to a limerick), written in support of Unite the Union’s strike ballot of steel workers employed by Tata in South Wales, whose jobs are under threat.

Video: Steel workers’ jobs are on the line

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A poem in the Welsh poetic form of Cyhydedd Fer, written in support of Unite the Union’s strike ballot of steel workers employed by Tata in South Wales, whose jobs are under threat.

Work and menopause

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Menopause at work hit the headlines on 22 February as the Equality and Human Rights Commission issued new guidance on the issue. However, the guidance only affirmed what the law has been for the last fourteen years, and the fact that news coverage trumpeted it as a breakthrough can only mean that employers have not been following the law.

End of the Line

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Walk down locked and empty streets alone, arrive for start of shift, it’s bear-the-brunt time to serve some others’ families not your own Going from the home front to the frontline Frozen pay, now tiny, ice-cold ‘offers’, red-bordered bills alert … Read more

Summertime

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after Gershwin’s song from Porgy and Bess — Summertime and the cost of livin’ ain’t easy Bills are jumpin’ and prices are high Oh, the bosses are rich and the workers are strugglin’ But hush, little baby don’t you cry … Read more

Clerihew: Andrew Haines

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Andrew Haines carefully explains That his £593,000 pay is not a perk – He really is worth twenty of the people who do the actual work — *Chief Executive Officer of Network Rail

Clerihew: Jeremy Westlake

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Jeremy Westlake has the second best take He’s in charge of the cash and makes sure he gets a big stash

Why You Don’t Deserve a Pay Rise

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A poem about this   Nicky from Network Rail says that to get work and not fail to make yourself a mint, not be skint – come on, take the hint – You should have worked harder at school, mastered … Read more

Poetry & Opposition

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Pompous & Opulent Prosperous & Ostentatious Profiteering & On-the-take Parsimonious & Obstinate Penny-pinching & ‘Orrible Private & Obscene Perfidious & Odious Poisonous & Objectionable Punishing & Oppressive Petition & Organise Protest & Outrage Picket & Occupy Public & Ownership.

TUC Disabled Workers Condemn P&O Sackings

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The TUC’s Disabled Members’ Committee has made this statement: Accessible public transport is essential for disabled people to participate in society on an equal and independent basis. To be genuinely accessible, public transport must be adequately staffed by workers with … Read more

Accessibility As Standard Not ‘As Required’

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Janine’s opening remarks at the TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference panel discussion on Accessibility As Standard Not ‘As Required’: building accessible workplaces for all, on Monday 21 March 2022. Which is better? A. A wheelchair user arrives at their new workplace, … Read more

Accessibility As Standard, Not ‘As Required’

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Janine speaks in an online panel event which is part of TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference but open to all. Register here. Speakers: Janine Booth, Disabled Workers Committee Member from RMT and RMT Disabled Members Advisory Committee Secretary Angela Montgomery, Unite … Read more

Women and Shiftwork

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Janine’s contribution to the debate on shiftwork at TUC Women’s Conference 2022. Read the text here.

Women Working Shifts

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At this year’s TUC Women’s Conference, one of the motions we debated was about working shifts, particularly women’s safety on late shifts. This was my contribution to the debate. You can watch the video of this speech here. I’m Janine … Read more

RMT Mental Health training

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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.