The list of resources will be updated throughout the project:

  1. Disability Archive (Leeds University Centre for Disability Studies): https://disability-studies.leeds.ac.uk/library/authors/A/
  2. Viewpoint Magazine: https://www.viewpointmag.com/
  3. Disability Studies Quarterly: https://dsq-sds.org/index
  4. Chronically Academic: https://chronicallyacademic.blogspot.com/
  5. Six Theses in, against, and beyond the University: https://thinkingthroughtechnics.wordpress.com/bauchapter/
  6. What is academic labour? https://josswinn.org/2013/07/18/what-is-academic-labour/
  7. Disability News Service: https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/
  8. Autonomy UK (thinktank) https://autonomy.work/
  9. 4Day week campaign: https://www.4dayweek.co.uk/
  10. FuturesOfWork: https://futuresofwork.co.uk/
  11. Centre for Labour and Social Studies: http://classonline.org.uk/
  12. Rest for Resistance: https://restforresistance.com/
  13. New Economics Foundation: https://neweconomics.org/
  14. The Nap Ministry: https://thenapministry.wordpress.com/
  15. Surviving Work: https://survivingwork.org/
  16. The Poor Side of Life: https://thepoorsideof.life/
  17. Benefits in the Future: https://benefitsinthefuture.com/
  18. Recovery in the Bin Advice Links: https://recoveryinthebin.org/advice-links/

Groups:



Brief list of campaigning organisations – not all focus strictly on work and/or disability, but their focus is interlinked (in some cases more directly than in others) with these matters.

Disability & Social Security

Disabled People Against Cuts

DPAC is for everyone who believes that disabled people should have full human rights and equality. It is for everyone that refuses to accept that any country can destroy the lives of people just because they are or become disabled or have chronic health issues. It is for everyone against government austerity measures which target the poor while leaving the wealthy unscathed. It is for everyone who refuses to stay silent about the injustices delivered by wealthy politicians on ordinary people and their lives’ https://dpac.uk.net. For a list of contact details for all DPAC branches in the UK, please visit: https://dpac.uk.net/contact-details-for-local-dpac-groups/. Currently, there are branches in: Berkshire, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Bromley, Cambridgeshire and Essex, Ceredigion, Chester, Chesterfield, Colchester, Croydon, Derbyshire, Dundee, East Midlands, Glasgow, Greenwich, Isle of Wight, Islington, Lambeth, Leeds & York, Leicestershire, Lincoln, London, Manchester, Medway, Mersyside, Norfolk, North East, North East Staffordshire and Cheshire East, Northampton, North and East London, Preston, Sheffield, Southampton, Suffolk and Ipswich, Swansea, Thanet, Trumpton, Waltham Forest, West Midlands, West Lothian, Wrexham. 

Recovery in the Bin

‘We are a User Led group for MH Survivors and Supporters who are fed up with the way co-opted ‘recovery’ is being used to discipline and control those who are trying to find a place in the world, to live as they wish, trying to deal with the very real mental distress they encounter on a daily basis. We believe in human rights and social justice!’ https://recoveryinthebin.org/

The Black Triangle campaign

‘This group is established to galvanise opposition to the current vicious attack on the fundamental human rights of disabled people by the Government of the United Kingdom utilising “Work Capability Assessments” (as administered by ‘AtoS Healthcare Ltd’ on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions ‘DWP’) to re-classify sick and disabled individuals as “fit for work” – in flagrant violation of all  accepted medical, and human, ethical standards’ https://blacktrianglecampaign.org/

Mental Health Under Capitalism

‘Mental Health Under Capitalism (MHUC) is a solidarity and support group with a focus on capitalism, oppression and its effect on mental healthhttps://www.facebook.com/MentalHealthUnderCapitalism/

Social Work Action Network (SWAN)

‘campaigning organisation of social work and social care practitioners, students, service users, carers and academics, united by our concern that social work practice is being undermined by managerialism and marketisation, by the stigmatisation of service users and by welfare cuts and restrictions.https://socialworkfuture.org/

Mental Health Resistance Network

‘The Mental Health Resistance Network was set up by people who live with mental distress in order to defend ourselves from the assault on us by a cruel government whose only constituents are the super rich and who value everyone else according to how much they serve the interests of this selfish minority.’ https://www.facebook.com/MHResist/

Sisters of Frida

‘Sisters of Frida CIC is an experimental collective of disabled women. We want a new way of sharing experiences, mutual support and relationships with different networks’ http://www.sisofrida.org/

Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People

‘GMCDP is a Disabled People’s Organisation, which means it is controlled and run by disabled people only. All Executive Council members and staff positions are only available to disabled people’. Aims: ‘promote the independence and integration of disabled people in society; identify and challenge the discrimination faced by disabled people in society today; encourage and support the self-organisation of disabled people; ensure disabled people have equal rights in society and in access to opportunitieshttp://www.gmcdp.com/

ROFA (Reclaiming Our Futures)

‘ROFA is an alliance of Disabled People and their organisations ’s (DPOs) in England who have joined together to defend disabled people’s rights and campaign for an inclusive society. ROFA fights for equality for disabled people in England and works with sister organisations across the UK in the tradition of the international disability movement. We base our work on the social model of disability, human and civil rights in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)’. https://www.rofa.org.uk

WinVisible

‘An independent voice for women with disabilities, of all backgrounds, ages and situations since 1984. We are a multi-racial self-help group. We offer information, support, advocacy and campaigning’ https://winvisibleblog.wordpress.com/

ALLFIE (The Alliance for Inclusive Education)

‘We campaign for the right of all Disabled pupils and students to be fully included in mainstream education, training and apprenticeships with all necessary supports’ https://www.allfie.org.uk/

WoW Voices

Platform where people affected by austerity and the social system submit anonymous stories about their experiences. https://wowvoices.uk/

Mad Covid

‘MadCovid is a shared space for survivor / service user led projects and initiatives that started during the COVID19 pandemic. Here we tell you a bit about who we are… If you have a project that could be hosted at MadCovid.com please get in touch!’ https://madcovid.com/

Universal Credit Claimants Union

‘The Universal Credit Claimants’ Union exists to improve the lives of claimants, to fight for the complete reform or abolition of Universal Credit, and to publicise claimants’ experiences of an aggressive, punitive system that constitutes an assault on the living standards of ordinary people. We believe we are all more valuable than merely a supply of labour for an economy, and that to be disadvantaged in an unjust system should never be described as failure or as a justification for disrespect and degradation. Our organisation is based on Local Groups and Regional Assemblies coordinated by local, area and national delegates. We are controlled horizontally and democratically by our membership. There are no membership fees. Funds are the product of donations. Our funds are shared equally among our local groups’. https://theuccu.org/

Work & Social Security

Trade Unions

Some unions in the UK organise in one sector only, whereas others have members across sectors and employers. Talk to your colleagues/family about which union is best for you to join. You can find a list of TUC-affiliated unions here: https://www.tuc.org.uk/unions. Unite and UNISON also have branches specifically for unemployed people – they are called Community branches (i.e. Unite Community).

Unions that are known to focus on gig economy workers in particular/mostly are: IWGB, UVW, CAIWU, IWW. These unions are not affiliated to the TUC, which means that they are not included in the TUC’s search engine provided above, so I will provide information about each of them below. 

IWGB (Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain): ‘IWGB is a new and dynamic union which represents mainly low paid migrant workers, such as outsourced cleaners and security guards, workers in the so-called “gig economy”, such as bicycle couriers and Uber drivers, and foster care workers. The IWGB specializes in representing sections of the workforce which have traditionally been non-unionised and under-represented’.

UVW (United Voices of the World): ‘UVW is a members-led, campaigning trade union which supports and empowers the most vulnerable groups of precarious, low-paid and predominantly migrant workers in the UK. We were founded in 2014, rapidly gaining media attention and popular support with a series of high-profile victories for workers at Sotheby’s, Harrods, and the London School of Economics (see all our successful campaigns here)’.

CAIWU (The Cleaners & Allied Independent Workers Union): ‘CAIWU is an independent workers union which is growing rapidly. We are organising those who work for cleaning contractors, along with workers across the service sector. When you are organised you are no longer a ‘vulnerable worker’, you don’t need to accept intimidation, abuses, low wages’

IWW (Industrial Workers of the World): ‘The IWW is a revolutionary global union, fighting for better conditions today and economic democracy tomorrow. By training our members in powerful organising methods, direct-action and direct-democracy, we put power in the hands of workers.’

Doing an internship? The TUC has a useful page called ‘Rights for Interns’: http://www.rightsforinterns.org.uk/

Doing an apprenticeship? This is the TUC’s page regarding rights at work and joining a union: https://www.unionlearn.org.uk/apprenticeships

Better than Zero Campaign

‘Better than Zero is the nationwide campaign against precarious work. Set up in 2015 by the Scottish Trade Union Congress, we take direct action against the most exploitative employers in Scotland in order to raise awareness of their ill-treatment of staff and train activists to organise their workplaces against exploitative working practices’ https://www.betterthanzero.scot/

TUDA (Trade Union Disability Alliance)

TUDA ‘is an organisation of Disabled Trade Union Members. We are a campaigning group with individual members from over two dozen different Trade Unions. TUDA aims to: co-ordinate the perspective of Disabled people in the Trade Union movement; bridge the gap between the Trade Union and Disability movements; work within, and lobby, Trade Unions to ensure they make their own services accessible and relevant to Disabled Members; ensure that Trade Unions support our continuing campaign for full civil rights; promote understanding of disability as an equalities issues, giving talks and training to Trade Unions; work with Disabled people to persuade them of the benefits of Trade Union membership and activity’  http://www.tuda-online.org/

National Shop Stewards Network

‘Initiated by the RMT in 2006, the Network has held eleven national conferences, each attracting hundreds of rank-and-file activists. The Network was initiated by the RMT and now also has national support from PCS, Unite, CWU, NUJ, NUM, POA, BFAWU, NAPO and FBU as well as many branches, trades councils, etc.’ http://shopstewards.net/

Tenants’ Union (ACORN)

‘We are rooted in communities, uniting neighbours in ACORN local groups and city branches. Our members lead this organisation, identifying issues that affect them and planning campaigns and activities to resolve them. Many of the problems our people face are not unique to a particular town or neighbourhood and our national organisation enables us to work both locally or in combination across the country as needed and so tackle issues that affect us all’. https://acorntheunion.org.uk/

English Collective of Prostitutes

‘ECP is a network of sex workers working both on the streets and indoors campaigning for decriminalisation and safety. We fight against being treated like criminals. We’ve helped sex workers win against charges of soliciting, brothel-keeping & controlling – the last two most often used against women who are working together for safety’ http://prostitutescollective.net

Focus on Labour Exploitation

‘FLEX has a vision of a world in which there is no human trafficking for labour exploitation. This means we work to prevent and address the exploitation of people working in the mainstream economy, such as in the construction, cleaning, agriculture, garment, manufacturing sectors and more. We do this by: highlighting labour abuses from lower level forms to the most severe cases, providing policymakers with clear, evidence-based strategies to prevent them, protecting and centring the rights of trafficked persons, promoting best practice responses to human trafficking’ https://www.labourexploitation.org/

Psychologists for Social Change

‘One of our central missions has always been to encourage more psychologists to become involved in political and social action. To this end we have developed training for Clinical Psychology Trainees, spoken at conferences, and provided supervision for policy placements’ http://www.psychchange.org/

Game Workers Unite UK (Union)

‘The Game Workers Unite UK branch of the IWGB is a worker-led, democratic trade union that represents and advocates for UK game workers’ rights. We seek to increase the quality of life for all game workers by campaigning to: End the institutionalised practice of excessive/unpaid overtime; Improve Diversity and Inclusion at all levels; Inform workers of their rights and support those who are abused, harassed, or need representation; Secure a steady and fair wage for all. We are also an affiliate national chapter of the global Game Workers Unite movement, which is dedicated to advocating for all game workers’ rights’. https://www.gwu-uk.org/

Boycott Workfare

‘Boycott Workfare is a UK-wide campaign to end forced unpaid work for people who receive social security. We are a grassroots campaign, formed in 2010 by people with experience of workfare and those concerned about its impact. We expose the companies and organisations profiting from workfare and we take action against them. We encourage organisations to pledge to boycott workfare. We inform people of their rights at the jobcentre and we provide information to support claimants challenging workfare and sanctions’ http://www.boycottworkfare.org/

Foster Care Workers’ Union

‘The union was formed in response to our lack of rights, inequality and a lack of a representative employment status. Also in response to the abuse many Foster Care Workers experience as a result of the current system. Carers currently feel they are gagged about their working conditions and exist in a climate of fear, unable to speak out against the abuses they experience’ https://www.fcwu.org.uk/

Lift the ban – Campaign by Refugee Action

Right now, right here in the UK, people seeking refugee status are banned from working while they wait months, and often years, for a decision on their asylum claim. Instead, they are left to live on just £5.39 per day, struggling to support themselves and their families, whilst the Government wastes the talents of thousands of people‘. refugee-action.org.uk/lift-the-ban

Artists’ Union England

‘Our members work in disciplines including: Visual Art, Applied Arts, Socially Engaged Art, Moving Image, Sound and Performance’ artistsunionengland.org.uk

United Strippers of the World

‘In 2018, strippers and other sex workers joined UVW to start organising together, and fight to change the industry from within. Stripping, like other forms of sex work in the UK, is legal, but workers have very few rights and protections at work. In particular, strippers are misclassified as self-employed/independent contractors, but must follow strict rules and forced to pay high ‘house fees’ to even work in clubs. Strippers have been exploited for ages and they have had enough!’ https://www.uvwunion.org.uk/strippers

The Musicians’ Union 

‘We are the MU – a globally-respected organisation which represents over 32,000 musicians working right across the music industry. As well as negotiating on behalf of musicians with all the major employers in the industry; we provide advice, services and assistance tailored to each individual member. We are behind every musician – whether you are full time, part time, self-employed or a student musician’. https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/

Equity Trade Union

‘We are actors, singers, dancers, designers, directors, stage managers, puppeteers, comedians, voice artists, and variety performers. We work on stage, on TV sets, on the catwalk, in film studios, in recording studios, in night clubs and in circus tents. Equity brings together entertainment professionals and ensures their demands are heard: whether these are for decent pay, better health and safety regulations, or more opportunities for all – regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability or class.’ https://www.equity.org.uk/

Designers + Cultural Workers’ Union

‘UVW’s Designers + Cultural Workers (UVW-DCW) is a cross-sector trade union organising isolated and groups of workers across the creative industries. Many of us are precarious, overworked and underpaid. We are made to compete against each other for jobs with no disclosed salaries, bad management and terrible conditions. As UVW-DCW, we educate members about our rights at work, secure legal representation for workers, and organise and campaign to transform our industry in the interest of its workers’. https://www.uvwunion.org.uk/design-culture-workers

Solidarity Economy – Oxford

We’ve been working with communities across the city to create a digital map of Oxford’s solidarity economy. We’re doing this because we want to: celebrate what’s happening in our communities; help local people find and support local projects and initiatives; and help projects and initiatives work together. We also hope to discover whether this mapping could be useful, and work for, other areas around the UK, and share what we learn with other people interested in doing the same thing. Our longer-term vision is also to show how the solidarity economy that exists in communities, cities and regions around the UK are part of a much bigger movement of people all over the world, all working to transform our economic system into one that works for everybody’.  https://www.solidarityeconomy.coop/

Scottish Unemployed Workers’ Network

‘The Scottish Unemployed Workers’ Network (SUWN) is an independent organisation, founded in 2011, that combines campaigning with practical welfare work. We organise activity ourselves and also co-ordinate with other groups across Scotland and beyond. The unemployed are in the front line of the current attack on the poor that threatens to take us back to the ‘hungry Thirties’. We are part of the fightback. […] Our organisation is centred in Dundee, but we have also been active in other places. Most of our activists are themselves unemployed or on Employment and Support Allowance, or have been unemployed in the recent past. We encourage people we help to join our activities, so we also function as a self-help group. We organise informally through local meetings, through discussions after our stalls, and through social media’. https://scottishunemployedworkers.net/

Benefits-related Forum

‘Respect and Support for People Claiming Welfare Benefits Self-help, information and advice on how to prevent and challenge benefit sanctions. Support with ESA, PIP claims, the work programme and other mandatory schemes’ http://respectfulbenefits.forumotion.com/

Breakthrough UK (Greater Manchester)

‘In 1997, we set up as a disabled people’s led organisation, paving the way towards full employment rights and opportunities – because we were being denied employment and treated as second class citizens. We are working towards a future where society does not see the impairment before the person. We aim to envision meaningful jobs with fair pay that all people have an equal chance at getting, regardless of impairment. We work towards this though our co-produced services across Greater Manchester, supporting people to lead independent lives and to get into, stay in and progress in work. We do this to evidence that with the right approach it is entirely possible to remove all disabling barriers to employment’. https://www.breakthrough-uk.co.uk

Brief list of charity organisations for support and advice

Inclusion London

‘Inclusion London supports over 70 Deaf and Disabled Organisations working across every London borough. Through these organisations, our reach extends to over 70,000 Disabled Londoners.’ www.inclusionlondon.org.uk

Rape and Sexual Violence Project (RSVP) – Birmingham

‘If you have been affected by sexual abuse, you can access RSVP’s free services. Get in touch with them to find out how they can support you on 0121 643 0301’ https://rsvporg.co.uk/

Birmingham LGBT Centre

‘We offer a range of services and activities for the LGBT Community in Birmingham and beyond. Including sexual health, events, domestic violence, counselling, support, fitness, arts and more’ https://blgbt.org/about/

Counselling for Social Change (Cornwall)

‘Although we are focussed on working in a Person-Centred way, our Trustees and counsellors have expertise and interest in a range of therapeutic approaches including Mindfulness, CBT, existentialism and others’ https://www.counsellingforsocialchange.org.uk/

The Black, African, and Asian Therapy Network

‘We are the UK’s largest independent organisation to specialise in working psychologically, informed by an understanding of intersectionality, with people who identify as Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean’ https://www.baatn.org.uk/free-services/

Citizens Advice

‘Our network of independent charities offers confidential advice online, over the phone, and in person, for free’. Areas: problems with benefits, welfare benefit check, debt and money problems, housing problems, employment problems, family and personal issues, consumer problems, immigration or asylum problems. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ Telephone Advice Line: 03444 77 1010. Lines are open Mon-Fri, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Calls to 034 numbers cost no more than calls to geographic (01 or 02) numbers. Textphone for deaf/hard of hearing people: 18001 03444 111445.

Turn2Us

‘Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through our partner organisations’. https://www.turn2us.org.uk

Advocacy Matters (Birmingham)

‘Advocacy Matters aims to provide vulnerable people with an independent advocate to ensure individuals are heard and their rights, concerns and needs are acted upon. Address: 198 Boldmere Road Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, B73 5UE. Email: info@advocacymatters.co.uk, 0121 321 2377’.

Support, advice and information in a crisis:

Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90 or email: jo@samaritans; NHS – call 111: they can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do; SANELINE on 0845 767 8000; Emergency Services 999: if you or someone else is in immediate risk of serious harm or injury.

If you are living in Birmingham without a GP:

If you, a friend or relative does not have a GP and lives in Birmingham, you can call the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust on: 0121 301 0000 (This service is for people aged 25 and over). For people aged 0-25 you can contact Forward Thinking Birmingham Single Point of Access – 0300 300 0099 or via http://forwardthinkingbirmingham.org.uk/

Money, Benefits, and Debt Advice – The Project Birmingham

The Project Birmingham offers a free and impartial money and debt advice service – if you are struggling with debt, homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, or just really confused by the benefits system and you live in Birmingham’. Address: The Depot, Belton Grove Longbridge Birmingham, West Midlands, B45 9PD, 0121 453 0606, info@theprojectbirmingham.org.

Surviving Economic Abuse

‘Many women experience economic abuse within the context of intimate partner violence. It limits their choices and ability to access safety. Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA) is the only UK charity dedicated to raising awareness of and transforming responses to economic abuse. We are determined that women are supported to survive and thrive’ https://survivingeconomicabuse.org/

The Free Psychotherapy Network

Free psychotherapy for people on low incomes and benefits https://freepsychotherapynetwork.com/

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