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School cuts stalls in Birmingham on Saturday 21 April 

15 Apr 18

City Centre 11am-2pm outside Midland Bank, New Street.

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Trades Council MayDay event Saturday 5 May 1-4pm Unite offices – all welcome 

12 Apr 18


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Three proposals for participatory democracy in Birmingham: a contribution to the Council’s “conversation across the city” 

29 Mar 18

The Council has opened up what it calls “a conversation across the city” about “how the City Council will work with local neighbourhoods in the years ahead.

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Austerity, Privatisation and Mental Health – BTUC meeting on 5 April 

28 Mar 18

BTUC meetings begin with a speaker or speakers on topics that matter to the trade union and labour movement, and all are welcome to attend.

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22 Mar 18

The main aim of the event, to be held outside The Library of Birmingham, is to remind all the candidates in the May Birmingham City Council elections that the strong public support for our libraries, demonstrated in our campaigning over the … …

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A Labour government could free the school system of academies and grammar schools for good – let’s campaign for it now 

20 Mar 18

Labour has published its plans to create a National Education Service.

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17 Mar 18

Presentation to Birmingham TUC Conference “The West Midlands Economy: Why we need a strategy for Inclusive Growth,” 10 March, 2018, by David Etherington (Middlesex University) and Martin Jones (Staffordshire University) DEVOLUTION, AUSTERITY AND …

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The West Midlands economy: why we need an inclusive economic strategy 

14 Mar 18

This was the subject of Birmingham Trades Union Council’s conference on Saturday 10 March.

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Save Our Nurseries campaign to lobby the Council meeting on Tuesday March 13 from 1pm 

9 Mar 18

Parents and supporters will be gathering outside the Council House in Victoria Square from 1pm to protest against the threatened closure of 14 Council nurseries.

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Save Our Nurseries Campaign – Planning the Next Steps, Saturday 3 March at 2pm in the Council House 

21 Feb 18

Calling all Council Nursery Parents and Carers! You are invited to a Planning Meeting with parents and carers from all 14 Council Nurseries now under threat of closure.

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Labour wants ‘Every Citizen Part of a Strong, Active Community with the Power to Shape Our City’s Future’ – we propose three reforms to achieve it 

6 Feb 18

Birmingham Labour Party’s draft manifesto for the May elections, ‘The Road to the All-Out Election 2018’, has seven ‘Priorities’.

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The WMCA’s new ‘Cohesion and Integration Portfolio’ – community cohesion and inclusive economic development? 

2 Feb 18

On the agenda of the WMCA Board meeting on January 12 was the launch of ‘The Cohesion and Integration Portfolio’.

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The campaign to save the Council’s 14 nurseries from the threat of closure is growing 

29 Jan 18

The nurseries provide a high-quality service in some of the poorest areas of the city, and parents are determined to keep them open.

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Carillion and the Midland Metropolitan Hospital PF2 project 

27 Jan 18

For over two years, Keep Our NHS Public Birmingham has campaigned on the whole question of a (part) privately-funded (PF2) hospital and the involvement of Carillion.

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23 Jan 18

This is a warmup event for the campaign which we will be launching shortly to press for the restoration of a properly funded and publicly run library service.

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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

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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.