The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is an attack on all of our freedoms. Birmingham Trades Union Council are hosting a Zoom meeting on Monday 10th May and want to get the largest number of activists, organisations and more to oppose it. We have seen some really good actions so far in the city to oppose it. Now let’s see if we can get more trade unionists, more campaigners, more organisations coming together to make this movement as broad as possible.
Among those backing this call are:
Birmingham National Education Union,
Stand Up To Racism Birmingham,
People Before Profit West Midlands.
Please add your name to this unity call by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To join us on Zoom at 7pm on Monday 10th May, follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/KTBunityBTUC
or going to Zoom on a website or App and using these details:
Meeting ID: 834 8369 1759
Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021: A Briefing for Trade Unionists
This briefing has been compiled by the Stop the Police Bill organising group – a network of trade unionists, MPs, climate activists, anti-racist groups and lawyers committed to campaigning against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. The right to protest is a fundamental liberty in a democracy. Such actions have historically resulted in important social reforms, including the right to vote, equal pay and the right to form, and to belong to, a trade union. The Police, Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill (PCSC Bill) is a new set of proposed laws that would drastically limit the right to protest and campaign for a more progressive society.
The Bill is going through Parliament at the moment and, if passed, will apply in England and Wales. Some of the measures will also apply in Scotland.It is important for Trade Unionists to view this Bill in its broader context: it is part of a disturbing pattern of Government attempts to limit opposition and legitimise state suppression of progressive movements. The Trade Union Act 2016 severely undermined the right to strike by subjecting trade union members to unprecedented levels of civil and criminal penalties, regulations and technical monitoring requirements. The Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Act 2021 – the so-called ‘Spycops Act’ – allows the police and the security services to commit crimes against anyone in the UK without fear of facing prosecution.
The Act gives a licence to the police and MI5 to infiltrate trade unions and social movements – tactics which the police have admitted led to the illegal blacklisting of construction workers because of their trade union links.
Read more: https://is.gd/LD2hNB