Dirty: Abuse, trauma, failure and hope

Dirty, by Holly Bars

In Dirty, Holly Bars has created an extraordinary, mighty, courageous, poetic record of child sexual abuse and of the ways in which survivors are traumatised and failed.

Court Win on Right to Strike

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The UK Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday 17 April that UK law allowing employers to discipline (but not sack) workers for striking is in conflict with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

LGBT+ Educators hold largest-ever union conference

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Report from National Education Union LGBT+ Educators Conference by Janine Booth, delegate Published in Solidarity 698 Last weekend (2-4 February), 350 lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and other non-straight education workers gathered in Birmingham for the National Education Union’s largest ever … Read more

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.

Neurodiversity: a core bargaining issue

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There is an excellent article in November 2022’s Labour Research – ‘Neurodiversity: a core bargaining issue’. I’m pleased to say that I am extensively quoted! If you would like to read the full text, ask your trade union if it … Read more

Poplar: the Borough that Fought Back and Won

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… and why it matters today By Janine Booth, published in RMT News. The two biggest employers in the east London borough of Poplar one hundred years were the railways and the docks. Our forerunner unions had plenty of members … Read more

For Fox Sake, Stop Hunting! (from the archives)

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A recently-unearthed article by eighteen-year-old Janine, from Jamming! issue 26 (February 1985), back in the days when fox hunting was still legal. *** Fox-hunting is part of a die-hard British tradition. As the art of sabotage becomes more cunning, the … Read more

Night Tube Needs Better Staffing

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Published in Solidarity 610, 20 October 2021.     The Night Tube in London will resume on two lines from 27 November, in a move promoted as ensuring safety for women. However, the reality is more complex, and women’s safety … Read more

CMS: Money Before Women’s Safety

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Published in Women’s Fightback 26, Autumn/Winter 2021 In May 2017, Emma Day was stabbed to death by her ex Mark Morris, father of one of the two kids she had just dropped off at school. Morris had repeatedly threatened to … Read more

Why Does Work Not Work for Autistic People?

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Assignment written for the Postgraduate Certificate in Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Sheffield Hallam University.   WHY DOES WORK NOT WORK FOR US? How and why is employment hostile to autistic people? How useful are the main autism theories in explaining … Read more

Poplar arrests centenary: lessons for today

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Today (1 September 2021) is the centenary of the first arrests of Poplar’s rebel councillors.   More about this auspicious occasion and its relevance today in my article on Labour Hub.

Women footballers escaping the Taliban

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Published in Women’s Fightback 26, Autumn/Winter 2021     Kelly Lindsey, former head coach of the Afghanistan women’s football team – and before that, US international player – spoke to supporters before Lewes FC women’s home friendly against West Ham … Read more

RMT Members Help Win Justice for Osime

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Published in RMT News, July/August 2021 RMT members have helped to win justice for Osime Brown, a young, black, autistic, learning-disabled man. The union saw this as an issue that deserved our support and solidarity. Janine Booth, Secretary of RMT’s Disabled Members’ … Read more

Dinah Murray RIP

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This is the obituary of Dinah that I wrote for Solidarity  Workers’ Liberty is saddened to learn of the death of Dr Dinah Murray. Dinah spoke alongside me at two of our Ideas for Freedom summer schools and at an … Read more

The Reason I Fight

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Janine Booth reviews ‘The Reason I Jump’ I don’t watch many documentaries about autism, and on the rare occasion when I sit down to watch one, I am overwhelmed with a sense of dread. So much rubbish is said on … Read more