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 www.btuc.org or by clinking this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83966793999?pwd=TGpnSzhyOXl4Z3pTa01udEtYSldlUT0:

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 btucsec@hotmail.com

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.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81242712562?pwd=eWhONnN6MUJ0R1hqNjltZ0ZEL3I1dz09
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.

BTUC Some reflections from our past

BTUC Delegate Meeting Councillor Julien Pritchard (Druids Heath) speaking on environment

Councillor Julien Pritchard (Druids Heath) speaking on environment
Councillor Julien Pritchard (Druids Heath) in Q&A with BTUC delegates on environment

Birmingham Climate Change Protest 14th Feb 2020

Young protesters marching against Climate Change 14th Feb 2020
A young protester speaking on climate change

BTUC Delegate Meeting 2019 General Election Results why and their consequences

Michael Roberts speaking on the General Election results and its consequences on the Trade Union, Labour and Working classes
Continuation – Michael Roberts on General Election Results
Continuation Michael Roberts – General Election 2019

New year message from President BTUC Ian Scott