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The West Midlands is full of diversity but its leadership bodies, public and private, are dominated by white men. What should be done? 

16 Jul 18

Last year the West Midlands Combined Authority set up a Leadership Commission to address the under-representation of people of all backgrounds in leadership roles in both the public and private sectors.


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Public meeting – West Virginia teachers’ strike and Springfield primary school strike, Monday 16 July 7.30 Council House 

12 Jul 18

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The Council must stop the forced academisation of Springfield primary school 

11 Jul 18

 A new angle on Springfield Primary has opened up.


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Carillion’s collapse leaves a rotting carcass of Midland Metropolitan Hospital 

6 Jul 18

The Keep NHS Public protest at the MMH hospital on the 5th July was a major success with 100-120 people from diverse communities when the organisers had only expected 30-40 in attendance.


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Birmingham’s affordable housing shortage – how developers exploit loopholes to put profit first 

3 Jul 18

The Council promised that 35% of new developments would be affordable housing, but achieved less than 10%.


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Springfield primary school strike update 

3 Jul 18

This week will see NEU members at Springfield Primary School, Birmingham take their 14th, 15th and 16th days of strike action in opposition to the proposed staffing restructure.


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CELEBRATE THE NHS’S 70TH BIRTHDAY – PROTEST THE PRIVATE FINANCE COLLAPSE at the Midland Metropolitan Hospital site, 5.30-6.30 Thursday 5 July 

20 Jun 18

The reason for the demo is simple: Almost exactly 2 years ago, we said “don’t build this hospital under private finance”.


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Building a National Education Service – what are Labour’s plans and how can we contribute? SEA Public Meeting Wednesday 20 June 7.30 Council House 

17 Jun 18

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Come to our next Nurseries campaign planning meeting! 

3 Jun 18

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How the school budget cuts are hitting one Birmingham school 

2 Jun 18

Michelle Gay is the headteacher of Osborne primary, a 270-pupil local authority school in Erdington, on the north-eastern edge of Birmingham.


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Why teachers are going on strike at Springfield Primary School 

27 May 18

NEU members believe that the proposed staffing restructure will have a negative impact on the educational provision for children at Springfield Primary School in Moseley.


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Save Our Nurseries campaign lobbies the Council and calls on Labour councillors to use the extra £95m reserves to fund services 

23 May 18

The Birmingham Mail report of the protest, with videos of speakers, can be seen here – https://www.


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Building a National Education Service – what are Labour’s plans and how can we contribute? SEA Public Meeting Wednesday 20 June 7.30 Council House 

21 May 18

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The Council’s reserves increased by £95m last year. We say use the extra money to fund vital services! 

19 May 18

The Save Our Nurseries campaign says the Council should find the extra money to top up the budgets of the 14 Council-run day nurseries.


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SAVE BIRMINGHAM NURSERIES – lobby of the new Birmingham Council, Tuesday 22nd May at 3.15 at the Council House 

10 May 18

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Save Our Schools rally Saturday 28 April from 1pm Victoria Sq Birmingham 

20 Apr 18

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School cuts stalls in Birmingham on Saturday 21 April 

15 Apr 18

City Centre 11am-2pm outside Midland Bank, New Street.


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Trades Council MayDay event Saturday 5 May 1-4pm Unite offices – all welcome 

12 Apr 18

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Three proposals for participatory democracy in Birmingham: a contribution to the Council’s “conversation across the city” 

29 Mar 18

The Council has opened up what it calls “a conversation across the city” about “how the City Council will work with local neighbourhoods in the years ahead.


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Austerity, Privatisation and Mental Health – BTUC meeting on 5 April 

28 Mar 18

BTUC meetings begin with a speaker or speakers on topics that matter to the trade union and labour movement, and all are welcome to attend.


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LIBRARY RESTORATION CAMPAIGN EVENT 1.30 – 3.30 p.m SATURDAY 7 APRIL 

22 Mar 18

The main aim of the event, to be held outside The Library of Birmingham, is to remind all the candidates in the May Birmingham City Council elections that the strong public support for our libraries, demonstrated in our campaigning over the … …


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A Labour government could free the school system of academies and grammar schools for good – let’s campaign for it now 

20 Mar 18

Labour has published its plans to create a National Education Service.


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DEVOLUTION, AUSTERITY AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH: LESSONS FROM GREATER MANCHESTER 

17 Mar 18

Presentation to Birmingham TUC Conference “The West Midlands Economy: Why we need a strategy for Inclusive Growth,” 10 March, 2018, by David Etherington (Middlesex University) and Martin Jones (Staffordshire University) DEVOLUTION, AUSTERITY AND …


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The West Midlands economy: why we need an inclusive economic strategy 

14 Mar 18

This was the subject of Birmingham Trades Union Council’s conference on Saturday 10 March.


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Save Our Nurseries campaign to lobby the Council meeting on Tuesday March 13 from 1pm 

9 Mar 18

Parents and supporters will be gathering outside the Council House in Victoria Square from 1pm to protest against the threatened closure of 14 Council nurseries.