Work and menopause

menopause

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

LR Nov22 1 scaled

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

RMT News Poplar

… 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)

Foxhunting article p1

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

solidarity-nt-610

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

Womens Fightback CMS

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?

neurodiverse

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

poplar100

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.