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Birmingham Home Care workers will be on strike on Saturday 20th January, with a rally from 12 – 2pm in Victoria Square 

14 Jan 18

Please support our 350 home care workers who are in dispute over redundancies and a new rota system.

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Save the Nurseries – here is the list of Consultation Meetings 

12 Jan 18

Birchfield – 18 Jan 3-5pm Golden Hillock – 22 Jan 6-8pm Cherry Tree – 23 Jan 3-5pm Kitts Green – 24 Jan 4.30-6.30pm Lime Tree – 25 Jan 6-8pm Oaklands – 30 Jan 6-8pm Park Road – 31 Jan 6-8pm … Continue reading…

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‘The West Midlands Economy: Why We Need a Strategy for Inclusive Growth’, BTUC Conference on 10 March 1.30-4.30, Unite offices, Birmingham 

10 Jan 18


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Without an Impact Assessment of the Budget proposals the Consultation is a sham 

29 Dec 17

The Budget Consultation 2018+ lists the “Savings Proposals for 2018/19”.

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Budget Consultation 2018+ information 

14 Dec 17

Opened 12 Dec 2017, closes 15 Jan 2018.

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Support the campaign to save the 14 Council Nurseries from closure 

7 Dec 17

The Council is planning to close all 14 of its Day Nurseries.

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The Cuts in our School Budgets, Birmingham Trades Council meeting Thur 7 Dec 7.30 Council House 

4 Dec 17

The Trades Council has invited guest speakers, Kath Scott (Boldmere Mums) and David Room (NEU-NUT Secretary) to speak on the funding crisis in education for children and young people.

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Save our Nurseries Community Meeting Saturday 16th December 1pm-3pm Sparkhill 

2 Dec 17

Join the campaign to save the 14 Council Nurseries threatened with closure.

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UCU Academic Staff Protest, Birmingham City University,  Wed 6th December, 1-2pm, City Centre campus 

30 Nov 17

University and College Union PRESS RELEASE: After colleagues told they are no longer academics but ‘near-peer critical friends,’ facing a loss of academic jobs, salaries, freedoms and threats of redundancy at Birmingham City University.

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Save our Council Nursery say Sparkhill parents 

26 Nov 17

Parents and supporters gathered yesterday in Sparkhill Park to plan their campaign against the threat to close Park Road Day Nursery and the decision to hand over the Park Road Children’s Centre to a private provider.

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Birmingham CC ‘total climbdown’ in new bin-strike deal 

25 Nov 17

A new deal – or, more precisely, a new version of the original agreement – has been reached in new Acas-managed negotiations in what union insiders have called a ‘total climbdown’ by BCC.

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23 Nov 17

The Council plans to close its Park Road Day Nursery and to hand over the Park Road Children’s Centre to a private organisation to run.

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Devo2 – the new West Midlands devolution deal 

23 Nov 17

Here for information are the government’s plans for Devo2, including Housing and Industrial Strategy.

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Say no to the replacement of professional library staff by volunteers 

20 Nov 17

Ward Committees across the city are now in the process of submitting bids to the Council’s Local Innovation Fund.

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These are the 14 Local Authority Day Nurseries the Council plans to close 

15 Nov 17

The Council is planning to close all its Day Nurseries.

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Save our 14 Birmingham Community Day Nurseries from closure 

13 Nov 17

The GMB union Birmingham Education branch has launched this petition.

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Cutting budgets, cutting corners and cutting services: Birmingham Council’s betrayal of disabled people 

25 Oct 17

The Council plans to close the Fairways Day Centre in Kings Norton.

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Sparkhill public meeting 29 October: Defending Birmingham’s Public Services 

23 Oct 17


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The Commonwealth Games will cost millions that should be spent on our public services 

22 Oct 17

The main commitment which a host city has to make to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is that the city has to meet 20% of the costs, i.

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The West Midlands Combined Authority has turned its back on inclusive economic growth to tackle inequality 

20 Oct 17

The West Midlands economy reproduces deep inequalities of wealth and poverty, cross-cut by gender and ethnicity.

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Support the Refuse Workers – a resolution for LP meetings 

16 Oct 17

A resolution for all constituency Labour Party meetings and a letter from Unite to all Birmingham Labour Councillors and Labour MPs.

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Nearly 9 in 10 schools are still facing cuts – join the Rally Saturday 14 October 12.30 at the Bullring 

8 Oct 17

£52,500 average cut to primary schools £178,000 average cut to secondary schools Go to this website to find out the probable cut in your school’s budget: https://www.

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Birmingham Council Children’s Services contracted out, Children’s Centres closed 

7 Oct 17

Big changes are under way in the Council’s Children’s Services.

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The WMCA is run by men – it needs powerful representation of women and inclusive economic and social policies to tackle gender inequalities 

6 Oct 17

There are 33 Members of the WMCA Board – 32 are men.

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STOP SCHOOL CUTS Birmingham Rally for Education Saturday 14 October 12.30 Bullring 

27 Sep 17

Despite Justine Greening’s funding announcement on 14thSeptember 2017 that there will be more money for schools, the reality is: The funding cuts have not been reversed There is no new money from the Treasury The historic underfunding issue has not…

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Bin workers strike support group launch meeting Tue 3 Oct 7pm Council House 

25 Sep 17


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Transfer of Council Early Years staff to new employers – Union recognition refused by two providers 

20 Sep 17

On Thursday 14 September the Joint Trade Unions GMB and Unison held an update meeting with management over the proposed transfer of BCC staff to the winning contractor Birmingham City Healthcare Trust (BCHT).

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Solidarity with Birmingham Bins Strikers 

7 Sep 17

Having agreed a deal to save the jobs of over 100 Birmingham bin workers the council reneged and sent out redundancy notices at the weekend.

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#Birminghambinstrike: cabinet DID support Clancy deal, here’s the count 

5 Sep 17

Bins piling high in Birmingham – but where does blame lie? At the weekend, the SKWAWKBOX broke the news that Birmingham City Council had agreed a deal with union Unite to retain the pay-grade and salary of ‘leading hand’ refuse collectors, …

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4 Sep 17

03/09/2017 · by SKWAWKBOX · Bookmark the permalink.

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McSolidarity – Birmingham Supports the McDonalds Strikes 

4 Sep 17

Monday 4 September 5 PM – 6 PM, McDonalds Unit 4 Cherry Street, Temple Row, Birmingham, B2 5AL.

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The Labour Council reneges on the bin workers deal 

2 Sep 17

The optimism of 2 weeks ago on the picket line was replaced today by seething anger at the betrayal and the lies of the Labour Council and its leader Clancy.

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Closing 26 nurseries – what it means for Adderley Nursery School and Children’s Centre 

4 Aug 17

Nicky Hinchliff, Deputy Head of Adderley Nursery School and Children’s Centre, explains what the closure would mean for the local community.

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The Birmingham Bin workers battle against wage cuts and redundancies 

24 Jul 17

The latest failure by Birmingham City Council to defend jobs and services against the swingeing cuts of this Tory government is leading to rubbish mounting up in the streets and around the base of tower blocks, causing a fire and … Continue reading…

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Save the 26 Children’s Centres – the campaign spreads 

21 Jul 17

Parents, staff, GMB and local politicians lobby the government.

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Public sector worker wages down thousands in 2017, finds TUC 

17 Jul 17

Public sector workers’ real wages in 2017 are down thousands of pounds a year compared to 2010, the TUC has found.

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Save Our Children Centres Demo Saturday 22 July 11am~2pm Victoria Square Birmingham 

13 Jul 17

GMB B49 branch will be holding a community demonstration about the potential closure of 26 of Birmingham Children’s Centres.

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The Council plans closures of Children’s Centres and Nurseries – Have your say at the consultation meetings 

7 Jul 17

They say: The way that we deliver children’s centres, health visiting services and parenting support services in Birmingham is changing.

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#ourNHSbirthday at City Hospital 5 July 11am Dudley Road Birmingham 

4 Jul 17

July 5 Events THIS Wednesday, in a hospital near you, campaigners and unions will Celebrate and Defend Our NHS with a 69th Birthday Party.

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Come and support the NHS on Wed 5 July 

4 Jul 17

Unite the Community union have organised an all day 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:00 event.

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The Council plans to close 26 Birmingham children’s centres 

22 Jun 17

Almost half of the city’s Children’s Centres are threatened with closure to cut costs, according to the Birmingham Post.

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Come together to campaign against the cuts in Birmingham Wednesday 28 June 7-9pm, Council House 

19 May 17

Families for Fair Funding – Fighting the cuts in school budgets Speaker: Kath Scott, Boldmere Mums Massive government budget cuts of £108million will affect nearly every school, including academies and faith schools.

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#StoptheToriesintheirTracks – Disabled People Against Cuts Protest, Wed 17 May 2-6pm, Birmingham city centre 

12 May 17

Protest @ 2pm – Congregate at the lower end of Bull St Rally @ 4pm – Waterstones, High St  PROTEST & SURVIVE Why we fear and oppose the Tories Why this General Election matters to Deaf and Disabled people – … Continue reading…

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8 May 17

We understand City Council Sheltered Housing Tenants (many of whom are vulnerable and in a lot of hardship) are now being charged nearly £100 per year for the hardwired Careline security system which is installed in this type of accommodation.

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Birmingham schools in crisis: massive government budget cuts will affect nearly every school 

4 May 17

An average cut of 12% across the city amounts to the loss of 3000 teachers and classroom assistants by 2019, only 2 years away – on average 6 in every primary school, 15 in every secondary school.

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EDUCATION CONFERENCE: What is Conservative Party education policy doing to our schools? What is the alternative vision? Thursday 11 May, 6.45-8.45pm, Moseley School. 

4 May 17

Speakers: Cllr Brigid Jones, Birmingham Cabinet Member for Children, Families & Schools Emma Lewell-Buck MP, Shadow Minister for Children & Families Rachel Gillies, ‘Love Brum Schools’ Sarah Barton, ‘Ask Parents First’ Chair: Rosi Edwards, …

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“Embedding the Universities” in the WMCA: will they speak truth to power? 

1 May 17

The WMCA Board Meeting on 21 April approved a report titled “Embedding the Universities – Higher Education Representation” (pp21-28 of the agenda papers on the WMCA website).

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Jolyon Jones: a fearless campaigner for public services in Birmingham 

30 Apr 17

We are very sad to report the death of Jolyon Jones, who has been an activist in Birmingham Against the Cuts for many years.

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20 Apr 17

We are asking you to lobby the councillors of Sutton Coldfield Town Council at this month’s council meeting, at which the future of Sutton Coldfield Library will again be discussed.

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The hypocrisy of Tory Andy Street 

4 Apr 17

Street claims that “Caring for those who need it most is a fundamental value for me as a person, and is one of the main reasons I want to run for Mayor” but he avoids mentioning, let alone opposing, his … Continue reading…

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West Midlands Mayoral Debates in Birmingham 

20 Mar 17

Here is the list as far as we know.

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Tory businessman candidate for mayor wants public service ‘mutuals’ – a Trojan Horse for cuts and privatisation 

9 Mar 17

Andy Street, the Tory candidate for mayor of the WM Combined Authority, wants to take public services away from local government and turn them into ‘mutuals’ and social enterprises, owned and run by their staff.

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Councillors, start a mass public campaign to demand government stops the cuts and funds our services! 

7 Mar 17

Birmingham Council budget and services are being cut to the bone.

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3 Mar 17

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARIES OF BIRMINGHAM 2 March  Birmingham City Council has now agreed the city’s budgets, which incorporate the various cuts packages announced in October and finalised last month.

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Crisis in the NHS, Social Care and School Funding: Birmingham Budget Day Protest Wednesday 8th March 5 – 6 pm outside Waterstones in the High St 

3 Mar 17

Disability benefit cuts Birmingham School budget cuts  Mental Health Birmingham Library Cuts Media coverage by the BBC, ITV and Sky News of the crisis in the NHS and Social Care has put enormous pressure on the government to make concessions on …

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The West Midlands Combined Authority: business dominance against local democracy 

1 Mar 17

The attached paper is a detailed case study of the WMCA: what is wrong with it and what we can do to change it.

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A union rep on the Board – a first step towards democratising the WMCA? 

21 Feb 17

At the WMCA Board Meeting on 17 February it was agreed “that the Trade Union Congress (TUC) be co-opted (1 seat) onto the WMCA Board” and have “a seat on relevant working groups”, with voice but no vote.

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Birmingham TUC mini-bus to the Health Campaigns United/Peoples Assembly demo, Saturday 4th March, London 

19 Feb 17

There are places on the Birmingham TUC minibus.

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Local Health Campaigns: a report from Keep Our NHS Public Birmingham – and a public meeting on 22 February and the national demo on 4 March 

15 Feb 17

 STPs (“Sustainability & Transformation Plans”) – no further ‘engagement’ events in the Black Country to date (none at all in Birmingham!) so continued lack of consultation to proposed changes (and possible cuts) to NHS prevails.

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Public campaign saves two libraries – but one to close and staff numbers cut 

8 Feb 17

The campaign by Friends of the Libraries of Birmingham has been key to saving two libraries – Aston and Sutton Coldfield.