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BTUC Delegate Meeting 6th August 2020 7 pm (Zoom)

Birmingham Trades Union Council is holding an extraordinary delegates meeting on the 6th August. The meeting is being held over the zoom. Under normal circumstances BTUC does not meet in August. However, because of unprecedented circumstances the Labour movement and the Trade Unionists face we have decided to hold the extra ordinary delegates meeting in August.

The meeting will be hearing from Trade Unionists who are currently engaged in disputes with their employers either to protect their jobs or protecting their conditions of employment. These include UNISON representatives from Tower Hamlets, PCS member talking about the victimisation of one of its members. Also, there will local trade unionists talking about what our affiliates and their members might soon face in Birmingham as Birmingham Council grapples with the deficit caused by the Corona virus and years of austerity. Joanne Shemmans who is actively engaged on the homeless issues will be talking about the housing situation in Birmingham and how it effects some of the most vulnerable families and individuals in the city.

Tower Hamlets UNISON assistant branch secretary Kerie Anne said: “It’s shocking that a Labour council would resort to sacking and re-engaging staff in order to force through unpopular and unfair contract changes.     

“It beggars belief that workers who’ve put their health on the line to deliver critical services throughout the pandemic are being treated in this way.”

Trade unionists are being urged to send solidarity messages to a PCS rep dismissed after whistleblowing at the Department of Work and Pensions.

Enrico La Rocca, who had worked for the DWP for more than 27 years, lost his job in May after highlighting serious concerns with management over a number of years. His complaints resulted in questions being asked about the department’s handling of Carer’s Allowance overpayments by the National Audit Office (NAO) and raised by in a Work and Pensions Select Committee report.

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BTUC Meeting (Zoom) on Racism and Black Lives Matter Thursday, the 16th July 2020 7 pm

The death of George Floyd while being arrested by the Police force in the US highlighted institutional racism within the police force and other state institutions. The accused police officer had previously been fifteen complaints of abuse over his twenty year career. This has resulted in demands de-funding the police force eradicating racism within institutions of the state.

Similar incidences, with multiple deaths in custody in this country, including in Birmingham suggest significant presence of institutional racism within our state institutions and in particular within the police and judicial services.

Birmingham Trades Union Council has organised a meeting the issues around racism and we can help combat racism in all its form and in particular within our institutions and societal structures.

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BTUC Meeting on Economic and Employment impact of Covid19 in the Midlands

Thursday the 9th of July 7 pm – via Zoom

The meeting is called to discuss the gravity of the looming economic crisis and its effect on employment in the region. Key union representatives have been invited to speak about how the unions propose to overcome the crisis which could see millions of workers being left unemployed across the country. After the key speakers have spoken there will be an opportunity for attandees to ask questions and discuss with the panel the impact of the covid 19 on employment in the region and how they can be circumvented. Please join us.

Asif Mohammed who will be speaking from a trade union perspective on the West Midlands manufacturing base, their concerns and policies for future developments. Asif is chair the UNITE’s regional committee.Stefan

Cholewka will be expressing concerns on the short & long term effects of covid-19 on the manufacturing base.Stefan is from the Manchester TUC

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BTUC Delegate Meeting 2nd July 7 pm (Zoom)

Speakers include

John Rees from the Campaign to stop Extradition of Julian Assange

Keith Venables speaking on the National Health Service

Tim Martin will provide musical entertainment

The campaign to stop the extradition of Julian Assange is an important campaign to defend journalistic freedom and the campaign

is supported by the National Union of Journalists. Wiki-links is most famous for releasing a military video from a US helicopter which

guns down dozens of unarmed Iraqi civilians in central Baghdad, a blatant attack on civilians which was clearly a war crime. Even

the American prosecutors accept that no US military personnel has been harmed by the rele

ase of the Wiki-link files.

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BTUC Delegate meeting Thursday 4th June 2020 7 pm

Pre delegate meeting interview with Ian Scott, President of BTUC on Corona crisis and its impact or Trade Unionists and other working communities

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Delegates meeting Discussing the Corona Virus and its impact on the economy and how we as part of the Trade Union movement should respond as we face huge job losses and severe austerity impacting millions of working people across the country. At the same time our health and safety is severely challenged. This will be first of the several meetings BTUC will be organising over the next few weeks and months to help prepare the labour and trade union movement for the coming storm.

This meeting is titled Coming out of the pandemic – the task for the labour movement. The discussion will be introduced by Michael Roberts Marxist economist. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to thousands of extra deaths in the UK and elsewhere. Because health systems were run down resourced, most governments were forced into lockdowns of the economy in varying degrees to contain the virus. This has led to the collapse of production, investment and employment across most major economies. In the case of Britain, it is the largest drop in economic activity for 300 years!

Workers have been sent home, sacked or furloughed. The damage is most felt by those in key necessary jobs and among the lower paid. While professionals and others can work at home, millions of others must go to workplaces and travel to do their jobs, putting themselves at risk of infection.

The government has announced a series of spending programmes to provide incomes for those out of work or furloughed. The Bank of England has

printed money for banks to lend to small and large businesses to tide them over. But these measures will run out by the end of the summer. Most

worrying, millions of workers may find that there are no jobs for them to come back to as their employers make them redundant or go bust. Many other companies are preparing to reduce the hours of work and demand pay cuts. The TUC has called for jobs to be protected and is promoting a jobs guarantee for at least six months, particularly for young workers who will be the first to lose their jobs. Colleges remain closed for those who need to study for qualifications and apprenticeships.

Despite the emergency measures, millions can be expected to take significant hit to their income and employment for years to come. At the same time, the British government is running up a huge bill with the annual budget deficit set to triple this year and next. The public debt will rocket to levels not seen since the end of WW2, as large and small companies demand bailout funds. Once the pandemic is contained and the lockdowns are ended, we shall not return to normal. Moreover, the Conservative government is very likely to want to re-introduce the policies of austerity that workers experienced after the end of the Great Recession ten years ago. There are plans for tax rises, cuts in spending on public services and a new public sector pay freeze -despite the courageous efforts of health and other essential workers during the pandemic. Companies too will be demanding that workers accept poorer work conditions to ‘make ends meet’.

How should the labour movement react to this likely new attack on incomes, jobs and public services? Michael Roberts, former City economist and long supporter of the labour movement, will discuss how the labour movement must prepare to defend working class livelihoods when the pandemic is over.

BTUC Delegates Meeting over the Zoom Thursday, 21st May 5 pm

Birmingham Trades Council Delegates meeting will take place over the zoom and is open to everyone. The Meeting will discuss the threats posed by the easing of the lock down. In particular, the meeting will hear Bernard Regan from the National Education Union will talk about the various threats teachers, pupils, parents and other staff can face if schools are opened up without sufficient safety features against the virus.

Pat Collins and Kathryn Gaffney executive members of the BTUC will also be part of the panel discussing issues of safety related to public transport and generally as more workers return to work.

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Topic: BTUC Delegates Meeting Thursday 21st May 2020 5 pm UK time
Time: May 21, 2020 05:00 PM

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International Workers Memorial Day Birmingham

BTUC May Day Rally 2nd May 2020 Birmingham

BTUC May Day Public Meeting(Zoom) Saturday 2nd May 2 pm

Birmingham Trades Union Congress is holding a zoom meeting on Saturday the 2nd of May 2 pm

The meeting is held under unprecedented circumstances with most of the country under lock down. Over 27000 deaths attributed to the corona virus over a month. Our health services unable to cope and health workers workers life threatening conditions because of lack of PPE (Personal Protection Equipment).

Main speakers will discuss our social and health care services and their dire state as a consequence of a decade of austerity and how we should help rebuild these services post corona crisis.

Please join us to discuss how the Trade Union and Labour movements should respond to these conditions.

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Silence for International Workers Memorial Day

Please Join us wherever you are for a minutes silence remembering workers who have died because of work related issues

Many workplaces around the country, including the Midlands, are organising a commemoration, with the permission of employers where possible, ranging from a simple minute’s silence to a short, socially-distanced, meeting appropriate to that workplace.

Please join in, wherever you are, whatever you can do.