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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.

You can join the meeting by following instructions below.

To join the meeting click here

Alternatively use the Meeting ID: 881 7606 4453 and Password: 022130 within zoom to join the meeting.

Alternatively, ring one of the numbers below

0203 481 5240 and use the meeting credentials below to join (note you will not have any video available
Meeting ID: 881 7606 4453
Password: 022130

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.

Workers Memorial Day Tuesday 28th April

We invite you to join an IWMD rally by Zoom at 12.30 on Tues, 28 April, hosted by Birmingham TUC, can join via or by clinking this link

Alternatively, from your phone (mobile or landline) Dial one of the numbers below and enter meeting id(839 6679 1196) and password(
030016) when requested.
+44 203 051 2874 United Kingdom
+44 203 481 5237 United Kingdom
+44 203 481 5240 United Kingdom
+44 131 460 1196 United Kingdom
Meeting ID: 839 6679 3999
Password: 030016

Please send IWMD pictures to your TU, #IWMD20, #MidsIWMD, & local Facebook pages for MidsIWMD; Midlands TUC Health & Safety Forum; & Birmingham Trades Council & West Midlands Coronavirus Action Group

please send pictures & videos locally to the following Facebook pages MidsIWMD or Twitter #MidsIWMD, nationally to #IWMD20 and to your unions & to Birmingham Trades Council at

Placard for Workers Memorial 1

Birmingham Trade Union Council and the Corona crisis

The corona crisis and the lock down to prevent the spread of the infection and the pandemic poses severe problems for activists to organise activities and events in the city. President Ian Scott and executive member Cathy Gaffney discuss how the Birmingham Trade Union Council is dealing with the challenges the Corona crisis presents to the movement.

Ian Scott President BTUC
BTUC Executive member Kathy Gaffney

Coronavirus BTUC Statement

The exponential rise in UK Coronavirus deaths is an avoidable catastrophe. It requires scrutiny and action.

The Government knew about the coming for 2 months pandemic but took no adequate steps. By contrast China put keeping people alive before protecting profit.

As of 4 April , there were 387 deaths in Wales, a nation of around 3 million. In China, a nation of 1.33 billion people, outside of Hubei there are 119 deaths.

For the UK there were 4,313 deaths, around a 1,000 more than for China as whole. The UK population is a 20th of that of China.

We see our brave health and transport workers literally dying in the fight due to no protective equipment

Whilst the measures demanded by the TUC , individual unions and some Labour MPs such as Zarah Sultan should be adopted ,the Movement must fight for the Government to order testing equipment, undertake sufficient testing, provide adequate personal protective equipment to workers and t o build hospitals.

BTUC Delegate Meeting(zoom) Thursday 16th April 5 pm

Due to the Corona Virus pandemic all further delegates meeting will be online and not at our usual venue at the Council House.

This Thursday’s meeting will start with tribute to the front line workers in our National Health and Social care services.

The meeting will start at 5:00 pm

This will be an opportunity for us to share and discuss what we feel our governments should do now to ensure we remain safe through this crisis and that those providing us the services we are equipped with all the safety gear they need to help the sick among us without compromising their own safety.

Follow this link to join the meeting and share it widely.
However, if you cannot join using the link above on your smart devices, including laptops and computers, you can also join by ringing from your mobile or landline from one of the following numbers
0203 481 5237 United Kingdom
0203 481 5240 United Kingdom
0131 460 1196 United Kingdom
0203 051 2874 United Kingdom
Meeting ID: 812 4271 2562 and Password 013532
When you need to speak press * followed by 6 you will be un-muted and can speak when you are not speaking press * followed by 6 to mute avoiding unnecessary sounds into the meeting. 

BTUC Delegates Meeting held on Thursday the 2nd April 2020

Due to the Corona Virus pandemic all delegates meetings will be online and not at our usual venue at the Council House.