Monthly Archives: January 2016

Reinstate Simon O’Hara – No Academy at Small Heath School

Petition to the IEB (the acting governing body) at Small Heath School and Birmingham City Council (click here to sign)

Staff at Small Heath school in Birmingham have taken 5 days of strike action against the threat of their school becoming an academy. Management have refused to engage in any meaningful discussions with unions over this. Two days after NUT members voted for a further 4 days of action management suspended the NUT rep Simon O’Hara. We call for an immediate lifting of Simon’s suspension and for the management to lift the threat of making the school an academy.

 

 

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Why we need participation and democracy in the WMCA and what we can do about it

The word ‘business’ appears 34 times in the WMCA Agreement but there is not a single mention of the word ‘union’. Nor is there any place for community representatives. That is why the question of democratic participation and accountability is so vital, to ensure that workers’ and communities’ interests are heard and are influential in CA policy.

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“An unprecedented threat to the Community Library service!” #brumbudget16

The Council was criticised in the Kerslake Review of the city’s Governance arrangements of adopting a salami slicing approach to annual budget setting. These ‘Open for learning’ proposals represent a form of political salami slicing and the management of the public, where difficult and unpopular proposals are presented in opaque ways and deferred to some future point of time.

Response from FoLoB to Birmingham City Council’s Budget 2016+ consultation
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Early Years services and the Budget proposal 2016+

The key fact is that the Labour Council is proposing that yet more money is taken away from the total amount being spent on services for the under 5’s in the city. This follows five previous years of cuts to funding to Early Year services. Continue reading

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