Monthly Archives: March 2011

Saturday approaches

The March for the Alternative is just a couple of days away, and as I’ll be going down on Friday evening this is likely to be the last you hear from Birmingham Against the Cuts online before Saturday..

Some tips from the TUC for marchers

Stay warm, keep safe, be peaceful.

If you’re looking for transport at the last minute, the False Economy site is the best place to go, ring through the coaches there.  There is a link on the right.

See you on the streets!



Birmingham Against the Cuts internet person


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UB40 Press conference photos


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UB40 Speak out against the cuts

Birmingham music legends UB40 speak out against job losses and cuts to services in Birmingham.

Following the recent shocking news that one person in ten in the region is unemployed, proud Brummies, pop group UB40, feel impelled to go public to express their outrage with the current state of job losses and continuing cuts to services, including Youth Services and the Connexions agency that helps young people find employment.The group came to fame and were chart-toppers at a time of austerity and large-scale unemployment in the early 1980’s.

The name of the group was taken from an unemployment benefit signing-on card of the time, and one of their hit songs was entitled One in Ten, referring to the unemployment level of the time. This struck home with the youth of the time, and was instantly related to.

This will take place in Victoria Square at 11am today.  There will be a demonstration at the Government Offices for the West Midlands from 5pm this evening as well.

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Budget Day Activities – Wed 23rd

On Wednesday (23rd March), the ConDem coalition announces it’s budget, which will detail the cuts for the following financial year.

Birmingham Against the Cuts will be holding a press conference at 11am in Victoria Square, with local music legends UB40 and speakers from PCS and other unions.   This will be a loud and lively event, so come along and enjoy it.

Then for everyone working, there will be a demonstration from 5pm-6:45pm outside the Government Offices for the West Midlands, St Philips Place.  There will be some speakers from local campaigns against cuts as well as some open time for anyone who is around to speak about how the cuts are affecting them.

Alongside this demonstration will be some theatrical direct action, but the details of that will remain under wraps until the evening…


All  of this builds to the national TUC demonstration on Saturday – a run around of the table at the planning meeting tonight counted over 60 coaches going from Birmingham – a similar number to the Stop the War march in 2003, which saw over 1 million people take to the streets.

Saturdays demonstration will be huge, if you need coach spaces check False Economy (click the image on the right) or email us at

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Activities over the next week or so

Busy week next week as we run up to the National Demonstration for the Alternative on Saturday 26th..

Saturday 19th (tomorrow), stalls:

Erdington – 11am-1pm, Erdington Co-op – contact Stuart 0777 594 2841 or Pete 0780 940 6973 if you can help.

Cotteridge – 11-12:30, Cotteridge Island – contact if you can help.

Handsworth – 12 – 1.30 Soho Road, Meet outside the library at 12. Contact Bernie on 07835972704 if you can help.


Monday 21st is the next planning meeting – agenda and details are here – 18:30, Unison Offices, 19th Floor McClaren Tower, Priory Queensway.  Everyone welcome to attend.

Wednesday is a demonstration at the Government office for the West Midlands from 5pm-6:45pm, on budget day.

Thursday sees a number of things going on:

National Day of Action to defend English Classes (ESOL) – 12:30 at the council house.  ESOL classes are vital for anyone with English as a second language, and provide education for immigrants which allows them to integrate more effectively into the UK society.  Not only is funding for the classes being cut, but also funding for creche/nursery support, which will mean that mothers will be unable to attend classes, excluding them from opportunites for employment and socialising in the UK.

UCU have a national day of strike action, there will be pickets at FE and HE institutions across the UK, including South Birmingham College’s Digbeth campus from 8am-5pm.  As we find out more details of pickets, I will add them to this post.

And in the evening, at 7:15, Friends of Kings Heath library meet.


All this leads up to Saturday, the March for the Alternative.  If you need transport, click on the link to the right or email us for details.

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Agenda for planning meeting, Monday

Here is the agenda for the meeting on Monday. As usual this will be at the UNISON office 19th Floor McClaren Building Priory Queensway commencing at 6.30 pm.

Suggested agenda for March 21st Birmingham against the Cuts Meeting


Apologies and attendance

Final plans for March 23rd Demonstration against Budget

a)     Publicity

b)    Pa system

c)     Speakers


Final push for March 26th Demonstration

a)     Coaches

b)    BATC Literature for coaches

c)     BATC Presence on demo?




Public Meeting / Local meetings April


April 30th demonstration


Next organising meeting

Any Other Business



If you can’t come Monday don’t forget Wednesday night’s demo 5.00-6.45pm, Government Offices for the West Mids St Philips Place.


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10 Days to go… March 26th

Right to Work have reported that at least 35 coaches have been booked in Birmingham to go to the national demonstration for the alternative, called by TUC, in London on March 26th.

This demonstration is likely to be one of the largest seen in the UK, the TUC are talking about 200,000 people but we expect it to be much larger.  Whether it will be bigger than the Stop The War march in 2003 is yet to be seen, but we certainly hope so.

The demonstration assembles at 11am on Victoria Embankment, and marches to Hyde Park for a rally.  There are shorter routes for those unable to march the full route.  Full details of the demonstration can be found on the official TUC website

If you want to come and need transport, click on the image below, or contact us at

Before that on the 23rd of March – budget day – we will be holding a demonstration from 5pm-6:45pm at the Government Offices for the West Midlands, see this post or the facebook event for more details.


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