Martin Olgivie, from the Midlands NUT office, reported on the attacks on education by Michael Gove and numerous attacks on pay, pensions and conditions. He reported on regional and national joint strike between the NUT & NASUWT in the Autumn. He was also sharply critical of the Bham Labour Council undermining teachers conditions and attacking the agreements allowing union officers time off for representing members.
Terry Mandrell, Solihull Keep NHS Public campaign, spoke in some detail and impressively on the Coalition’s attack on the NHS and the previous practice of the Labour Party in privatising NHS services. At the end of the meeting after consulting others from Erdington against the Cuts I approached him to speak on the NHS at one of our meetings. He gave me his email amd I am sure he would be willing to speak in other areas of the City. I can provide his email.
Caroline Johnson, assistant secretary of Bham Unison, spoke about the drastic measures the Bham Labour Council were taking to implement its massive cuts programme.
Geoff Dexter from UAF urged all those present to support the anti-EDL mobilisation on Saturday.
There was a lively discussion from the floor with at least a dozen comrades speaking.
Finally it is hoped to meet on the 12th August, details will be confirmed later.