Archive for category Industrial Action

Support trade unionists on strike in prisons.

UCU Novus members working in prison education have been on strike Tuesday 11 May, and Wednesday 12 May in a dispute over health and safety. This covers 49 prisons and young offenders’ institutions and is the first time a prison education branch has taken industrial action.

The row centres on the employer Novus’s failure to meaningfully engage with UCU over Covid health and safety concerns and on-site provision. Also, Novus has refused to drop complaints and investigations against staff who have raised safety concerns – unfounded allegations and without reference to any formal procedures and against natural justice. As these staff are UCU’s health and safety representatives, UCU believes it is impossible for the employer to meaningfully engage in health and safety discussions until this intimidation stops.

Please support your colleagues. If ever there was a time to stand up and support your union colleagues, now is the time. Due to members’ fear of reprisals, there will be limited social media use. However you can fill this gap by taking the following actions:

Your support will give the branch a real boost – please send your messages today. You can find out more about the background to the dispute here.

Attack on staff at Aston University.

Defend staff at Aston University and the excellent teaching they provide.

Please sign the petition here.

Heartless bosses at Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham are firing and rehiring the porters on worse terms.

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 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

TO Join the Zoom meeting follow the link below


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Care Workers Dispute BTUC Press Release

The Birmingham TUC (BTUC) along with Birmingham Against The Cuts (BATC) say enough is enough of the continuing disgraceful treatment meted out to the City’s care-workers of whom 95% are women on low pay.

 Their dispute has gone on for some 15 months unresolved along with 60 days of strike action, whilst the Labour controlled council resolved the Bin workers dispute but has allowed the debacle of care-workers who also suffer changes in their work contracts with cuts in pay to continue.

These care-workers need the fullest public and trade union support to assist in their just claim of returning to their original terms and conditions in order to provide a service to this city’s needy who will be unable to afford private assistance.

The BTUC and BATC call upon Birmingham City Council to resolve this dispute as quickly as possible.

25 March 2019

The West Midlands Economy: Why we need a Strategy for Inclusive Growth

The West Midlands Economy: Why we need a Strategy for Inclusive Growth

The West Midlands Economy: Why we need a Strategy for Inclusive Growth

Hilary Wainwright speaking on automation at the Birmingham TUC delegates meeting 1st Feb 2018