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Birmingham Against the Cuts

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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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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.

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Save Our Nurseries Campaign – Planning the Next Steps, Saturday 3 March at 2pm in the Council House 

21 Feb 18

Calling all Council Nursery Parents and Carers! You are invited to a Planning Meeting with parents and carers from all 14 Council Nurseries now under threat of closure.

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Labour wants ‘Every Citizen Part of a Strong, Active Community with the Power to Shape Our City’s Future’ – we propose three reforms to achieve it 

6 Feb 18

Birmingham Labour Party’s draft manifesto for the May elections, ‘The Road to the All-Out Election 2018’, has seven ‘Priorities’.

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The WMCA’s new ‘Cohesion and Integration Portfolio’ – community cohesion and inclusive economic development? 

2 Feb 18

On the agenda of the WMCA Board meeting on January 12 was the launch of ‘The Cohesion and Integration Portfolio’.

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The campaign to save the Council’s 14 nurseries from the threat of closure is growing 

29 Jan 18

The nurseries provide a high-quality service in some of the poorest areas of the city, and parents are determined to keep them open.

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Carillion and the Midland Metropolitan Hospital PF2 project 

27 Jan 18

For over two years, Keep Our NHS Public Birmingham has campaigned on the whole question of a (part) privately-funded (PF2) hospital and the involvement of Carillion.

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23 Jan 18

This is a warmup event for the campaign which we will be launching shortly to press for the restoration of a properly funded and publicly run library service.

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Birmingham Home Care workers will be on strike on Saturday 20th January, with a rally from 12 – 2pm in Victoria Square 

14 Jan 18

Please support our 350 home care workers who are in dispute over redundancies and a new rota system.

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Save the Nurseries – here is the list of Consultation Meetings 

12 Jan 18

Birchfield – 18 Jan 3-5pm Golden Hillock – 22 Jan 6-8pm Cherry Tree – 23 Jan 3-5pm Kitts Green – 24 Jan 4.30-6.30pm Lime Tree – 25 Jan 6-8pm Oaklands – 30 Jan 6-8pm Park Road – 31 Jan 6-8pm … Continue reading…

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‘The West Midlands Economy: Why We Need a Strategy for Inclusive Growth’, BTUC Conference on 10 March 1.30-4.30, Unite offices, Birmingham 

10 Jan 18


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Without an Impact Assessment of the Budget proposals the Consultation is a sham 

29 Dec 17

The Budget Consultation 2018+ lists the “Savings Proposals for 2018/19”.

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Budget Consultation 2018+ information 

14 Dec 17

Opened 12 Dec 2017, closes 15 Jan 2018.

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Support the campaign to save the 14 Council Nurseries from closure 

7 Dec 17

The Council is planning to close all 14 of its Day Nurseries.

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The Cuts in our School Budgets, Birmingham Trades Council meeting Thur 7 Dec 7.30 Council House 

4 Dec 17

The Trades Council has invited guest speakers, Kath Scott (Boldmere Mums) and David Room (NEU-NUT Secretary) to speak on the funding crisis in education for children and young people.

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Save our Nurseries Community Meeting Saturday 16th December 1pm-3pm Sparkhill 

2 Dec 17

Join the campaign to save the 14 Council Nurseries threatened with closure.

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UCU Academic Staff Protest, Birmingham City University,  Wed 6th December, 1-2pm, City Centre campus 

30 Nov 17

University and College Union PRESS RELEASE: After colleagues told they are no longer academics but ‘near-peer critical friends,’ facing a loss of academic jobs, salaries, freedoms and threats of redundancy at Birmingham City University.

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Save our Council Nursery say Sparkhill parents 

26 Nov 17

Parents and supporters gathered yesterday in Sparkhill Park to plan their campaign against the threat to close Park Road Day Nursery and the decision to hand over the Park Road Children’s Centre to a private provider.

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Birmingham CC ‘total climbdown’ in new bin-strike deal 

25 Nov 17

A new deal – or, more precisely, a new version of the original agreement – has been reached in new Acas-managed negotiations in what union insiders have called a ‘total climbdown’ by BCC.

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23 Nov 17

The Council plans to close its Park Road Day Nursery and to hand over the Park Road Children’s Centre to a private organisation to run.

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Devo2 – the new West Midlands devolution deal 

23 Nov 17

Here for information are the government’s plans for Devo2, including Housing and Industrial Strategy.

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Say no to the replacement of professional library staff by volunteers 

20 Nov 17

Ward Committees across the city are now in the process of submitting bids to the Council’s Local Innovation Fund.