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BTUC Budget Rally 7 pm Monday 1st March 2021

Birmingham Trades Council has organised a public meeting to discuss budget and the implications it could have for working people and our communities in Birmingham.

A range of speakers are invited to speak and anticipate what the Chancellor is likely to announce on the 3rd of March 2021.

The speakers include:

Mary-Ann Stephenson, Director of the Women’s Budget Group Mary-Ann has worked for women’s equality and human rights for over twenty years as a campaigner, researcher and trainer. She was previously Director of the Fawcett Society and a Commissioner on the Women’s National Commission. She is a founder member of Coventry Women’s Voices and a board member at Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre. She has a PhD in Law from the University of Warwick.

Howard Beckett Unite Assist. General Secretary for Politics & Legal. Howard is well known in Trade Union circles and particularly in the Midlands having led key struggles to preserve his members jobs and their earnings.

Michael Roberts Economist. He has worked in the City of London as an economist for over 40 years. He has closely observed the machinations of the global capitalism from within the dragon’s den. Since retiring, he has written several books. The Great Recession – a n Crisis (2018). He has published numerous papers in various academic economic journals and articles in leftist publications.

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Topic: BTUC Meeting on Budget March 2021

Time: Mar 1, 2021 07:00 PM

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BTUC UNISON porters at Heartlands Solidarity Event 4pm Sunday, 21st February 2021

Porters at Heartlands are fighting to protect their working conditions support them by joining Banner in celebrating their actions so far.

UNSION members who are Heartland Hospital Porters are currently taking strike action about the proposed imposition of a new rota. This will result in them working detrimental rotating 8 shifts pattern.

The proposed rota impacts on our members health and well being; their caring responsibilities; their work/life balance and results in a significant cut in wages for many.

Banner have recorded some of the actions and comments from some of the porters and others engaged in fighting to protect their working conditions. This will also be an opportunity to discuss how we in Birmingham can support the porters and to hear from those engaged in the dispute. Please join us and give the porters much needed encouragement. Following video is a short preview that was shared at the BTUC meeting on Education in January.

Alternatively, join us on the BTUC Banner Solidarity Event with Heartland Porters Sunday the 21st Feb, 2021 04:00 PM

Meeting ID: 896 2838 8575 Passcode: 831143

If the Zoom meeting is full you can watch us live on Youtube by clicking the button below

BTUC LGBT History Month 21: Rainbow Coalitions

Birmingham Trades Union Council invites you to our LGBT History Month 2021 event.In this event, we will aim to discuss radical solidarities between communities and worker struggles.

Before their corporate co-option, History Months were designed to teach about the movements for freedom to ensure we continue the struggle. This event will shed light on past and current struggles, demonstrating the Rainbow Coalitions necessary for the movement.

Speakers:

Gethin Roberts – one of the founding members of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, a group which forged links with miners based in South Wales during the 1984 Miner’s strike (these actions have been immortalised in the 2014 film, Pride). Gethin continues as a gay rights activist today

Diarmaid Kelliher – is a historical geographer at the University of Glasgow, focused on the history of social movements and organised labour. He is the author of ‘Making cultures of solidarity: London and the 1984-5 miners’ strike’ (2021), which explores the solidarity campaign around the Miner’s Strike, including groups such as Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

Ida Picard – founding member of Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants. The organisation was formed to challenge xenophobia and borders, stand in solidarity with migrants against state violence, and fight back against attempts by the far right to present migrants as a threat to LGBT+ liberation.

Tuesday 23rd February 2021
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BTUC zoom meeting on Education and the pandemic 7 pm Thursday the 21st January 2021

BTUC zoom meeting on Education and the pandemic

Thursday January 21st at 7pm over zoom

You can book your ticket by following the link below

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/crisis-in-education-and-the-pandemic-tickets-134256981245?keep_tld=1

If you have any questions before or during the meeting please email it to btucchatline@yahoo.com as the zoom chat would be switched off. Zoom chat interferes with some of the voice over that some of the audience would be using during the meeting. We will try and get to as many questions as possible during the meeting.

If the zoom meeting is full on the day you can join us live on youtube with the following link

Naeem Malik is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Education Meeting Hosted by BTUC
Time: Jan 21, 2021 07:00 PM London

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The Birmingham City University branch of UCU are soon going on strike to get all non-essential activity to be moved online for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. To help BCU staff in their action please follow the link below to contribute to their fund raiser. Please also circulate among friends and colleagues and on your social media.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/bcu-ucu-strike-2021

The pandemic and its appalling mismanagement by this government and other agencies is having a terrible impact on education: staff, students and learning; in schools, communities, colleges and universities.

In all sectors of education, students are facing disruption to their learning, uncertainty about their future, risks to health and wellbeing and many struggles with economic hardship.

Staff in all sectors, in teaching, admin and support roles, are battling with unsafe working conditions, increased workload, threats to job security and hugely raised stress and anxiety.

These are just come of the challenges. Union branches and activists are doing a lot, often behind the scenes, to protect education workers and students. Come to the meeting to find out what’s happening. Join in the discussion and be part of plans to resist the attacks.

Main speakers will talk about action in schools, colleges and universities. They come from UCU, NEU and UNISON. A parent will address the impact on students and parents, and campaigns to resist. There will be other contributions from the floor, and you will have time to ask questions and join in the discussion.

Together we can defend everyone who learns or works in education. Join us on January 21.

BTUC Emergency Rally supporting UNISON Heartlands porters Sunday 20th December 5 pm

BTUC Emergency Rally Sunday 20th December 2020 supporting the porters in dispute at Heartlands in Birmingham

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Birmingham TUC is inviting you to an emergency zoom rally in support of Unison members who are porters at Birmingham Heartlands hospital. They have been taking industrial action for a number of weeks to protect their terms and conditions. These key workers, who were there for us all during the Covid pandemic ensuring one of our local hospitals delivered care to everyone who needed it, will disgracefully heard last week that they will be sent “fire and hire” letters by management over Christmas.

Key speakers will include:
Claire Breeze (speaking on behalf of the Heartlands porters)
Mandey Buckley
Ravi Subramanian (UNISON)
Howard Beckett (UNITE)

As a trade union movement across the city and region we have to come together to show University Hospitals Birmingham management that they cannot behave like this and that the workers have our full support.

Please join us on Sunday at 5pm at this link:

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Birmingham Trades Council Delegates Meeting 7 pm Thursday 3rd of December 7 pm

Birmingham Trades Council delegates will meet on Thursday the 3rd of December 2020.

Key speakers will include representatives of the various Trade Unions. This will include include speakers from NEU, UCU and UNISON.

Howard Beckett from UNITE will be speaking on Jeremy’s suspension and the withdrawal of the Labour whip.

There will be two resolutions put to the delegates.

  1. The resolution demanding restoring Jeremy Corbyn’s membership of the Labour Party including restoration of the Whip that was withdrawn when Jeremy’s suspension was withdrawn
  2. The resolution in support of the UNISON workers at the Heartlands hospital involved submitted by the UNITE LE/975 Brsanch.

Details of the zoom meeting:

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Topic: BTUC Delegate Meeting
Time: TThe meeting is due to take place 7 pm Thursday the 3rd of December 2020

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BTUC Meeting on Climate Emergency and Birmingham’s response held on 7 pm Thursday 12th November 2020

BTUC Climate Emergency Meeting to discuss Birmingham’s response with Councillor Lisa Trickett, Labour’s Mayoral Candidate Liam Byrne, Regional Secretary of UNISON Ravi Subramanian, Lamar Campbell President Aston University Labour Students and Jules Todd Climate Action Network West Midlands

BTUC Delegates Meeting Thursday 5th November 2020 7pm via zoom

Following is the recording of the delegates meeting took place on the 5th November 2020.

Invited speakers included:

  1. Dr Melany Cruz of the University of Birmingham and UCU will be speaking on our behalf. The speaker will be talking about the current corona virus crisis and its impact on the university sectors and on the university communities.
  2. Richie Venton of USDAW talking about the campaign to reinstate him after he was sacked by IKEA during the corona crisis while fighting cuts in working conditions.
  3. Alex Marshall from IWGB organizing couriers in Wolverhampton
  4. Ali Moosa from Communications Workers Union

The meeting also received nominations for the executive and officer positions for 2021. The nomination papers will be sent to delegates who have provided their email addresses. If you think you are a delegate to the BTUC and would like to forward a nomination for any of the posts or the executive positions please email the secretary btucsec@hotmail.com Please include your branch and union and in the subject of the email use Nominations. Include your name and the person nominated togather with their email union and branch. Nominations can be emailed during the meeting of the 7th November. Nominations will end by the end of the meeting. Where positions are contested ballots will be issued for the contested posts as per the constitution that is available on this link here. The elections for contested positions will take place in January 2021. http://btuc.org/wordpress2/?cat=33 If you have any questions on the process please email the secretary btucsec@hotmail.com

The positions available for nominations are:

Following positions are available for nomination.

  1. President
  2. Vice President
  3. Secretary
  4. Treasurer
  5. Equal Opportunities Officer
  6. Anti-Racist Officer
  7. Assistant Secretary
  8. 10 members to the Executive Committee.

Duties of the officers and the executive members are defined in the constitution available on thise website.

Zoom Details for the meeting are:

Topic: BTUC Delegate Meeting
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Birmingham Climate Emergency Conference


Time: Nov 12, 2020 07:00 PM to join the meeting follow the link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83565647323?pwd=Wms3ZXV2OXRxb2xVSnFQd0cvdnBDQT09

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BTUC Delegates Meeting (ZOOM) Thursday 1st October 7 pm

October delegates meeting took place over zoom on Thursday the 1st October 7 pm. Following is the recording of the proceedings.

Climate Action

Waseem Zafar cabinet member of the Birmingham City Council responsible for the Environment and Transport was unable to attend. We are hoping to invite him again very soon to discuss Birmingham City’s response to the Climate Emergency.

Jules Todd, from Climate Action Network West Midlands made the presentation expanding on the the challenges Birmingham and region faces on Climate Emergency. He also elucidated the what is required of our city’s governing group to meet the challenges and the consequences of their failure.

Trade Union and other activists also talked about the corona crisis and how it impacts their members in the region.

Please join us using the zoom details below.

Topic: BTUC Delegate Meeting
Time: Thursday the 1st of October 7 pm
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