Monthly Archives: May 2013

Support Civil Servants Strike June 5th

ImageMembers of the PCS union who work in Midlands offices of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are on strike again on Wednesday June 5th.

PCS members in the DWP are angry because:
*  20,000 jobs have been cut in the DWP since May 2010
*  Years of pay restraint has seen our living standards drop by 20%
*  We are all be affected by planned cuts in our terms and conditions
*  Targets, attendance management andpeople performance mean more stress
*  Their pensions have been attacked.
*  The government say they won’t talk about these issues

In HMRC Government plans to close every HMRC public enquiry office with the loss of 1200 jobs and an essential service to the public.

Support PCS by attending picket lines from 7.30 am and the public rally at lunchtime:-

Public Strike Rally

Wednesday June 5th

11.30 am – 1.00 pm

Midlands Institute

Margaret Street

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Bedroom Tax Demonstration, In Memory Of Stephanie Bottrill – Sat 15th June

Birmingham Benefits Justice Campaign are holding a demonstration on Sat 15th June from 12noon in Chamberlain Square. This will remember Stephanie Bottrill from Solihull who committed suicide, blaming the government and the bedroom tax in the notes she left. This is being held with permission of the family.

12noon
Saturday 15th June

Chamberlain Square, B3 3DH

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Erdington Bedroom Tax Meeting Report

Bedroom Tax Demo April 20th (6)Stockland Green Against the Cuts and Erdington Against the Cuts jointly held a successful meeting on the Bedroom Tax on Wednesday 23rd May. What was very encouraging was that of the 40 people present, at least 25 were new to anti-cuts activity. About ten of those present were directly affected by the Bedroom Tax.

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Save Handsworth Leisure Centre – Public Meeting, Saturday 1st

Users of Handsworth Leisure Centre protest at cutsSave Handsworth Leisure Centre
No Cuts-No Privatisation

PUBLIC MEETING

2pm
Saturday 1st June

Handsworth Leisure Centre Dance Studio, Holly Road, Handsworth, B20 2BY

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Unite The Resistance Conference – Wednesday 5th June

West Midlands Unite the Resistance are holding a conference in June – The Fight Against Austerity. As the ConDem coalition continues to follow a counterproductive austerity agenda which is failing to reduce the deficit whilst increasing unemployment, we need to come together to build resistance to austerity and the argument for the alternatives.

6-9pm
Wednesday 5th June

The Priory Rooms, Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF

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Birmingham Campaign For State Education Meeting – June 11th

Melissa Benn, education journalist and author of ‘School Wars’, will be speaking at the next
Birmingham CASE (Campaign for State Education) public meeting on Tuesday 11 June 7.15 at the T&G Offices, Broad St, Birmingham (opposite Novotel).

7:15pm
Tuesday 11th June

T&G / Unite offices, Broad Street, B15 1AY

Unite building is accessible with a manual wheelchair but unfortunately the lift is too small for motorised wheelchairs. Accessible toilets are available at the venue.

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Cuts in WM Fire Service

Fire Brigades Union condemns cuts involving one fire engine lost, three downgraded, and 34 firefighters’  jobs removed.

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by | May 13, 2013 · 11:08 pm