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‘A Better Recovery for the West Midlands’

This report by the TUC was launched online on 6 July 2020 by Frances O’Grady (TUC Gen Sec), Annmarie Kilcline (Unite), Ravi Subramanian (Unison), Lee Barron (Midlands TUC Gen Sec) and Liam Byrne (Labour candidate for WM Mayor). (The GMB speaker was unable to attend.)

 It is now nearly a year old, but it is the most recent TUC report on economic recovery for the West Midlands.* What we need urgently now is an update on what actions have been taken and what progress has been achieved. We are publishing key local extracts to help see where more action and stronger policies are needed.

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Everyone’s Battle Everyone’s Business – the Council’s new Equality Plan

This 44 page document was adopted by Cabinet on 18 May.* It has many positive principles and plans for action which should be put into practice by the Council and supported by trade unions and community and campaigning organisations. There are also elements which need strengthening, some existing policies need to be reworked or scrapped, and one major reform is needed: to open up the closed Cabinet system in order to ‘put the citizens’ voice at the heart of decision-making’. Continue reading

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by | May 19, 2021 · 12:01 pm

Protect the night-time economy and its workers from Clean Air Zone double payment – and do a Feasibility Study of Fare Free Public Transport

Musicians who work in Birmingham’s night-time economy are rightly complaining that the Clean Air Zone time period ends at midnight, which means they’d often have to pay double because gigs and packing-up run over. The Trades Council recently passed their resolution calling for the Council to  change the time period to start and end at 4am.

Of course the midnight time limit will penalise lots of workers and users of the night-time economy, not just musicians. Westside BID manager Mike Olley has come up with another solution to make the CAZ charges fairer – workers and visitors could use an online pre-booking system (like the one which is currently in use at the Council’s  tips) to book an extended time slot. Continue reading

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Organise to #KilltheBill Monday 10 May 7pm BTUC Zoom meeting

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. Continue reading

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The unions need to defend the jobs we have AND work together to launch a joint Birmingham Plan of Action for new jobs

To tackle the jobs emergency in Birmingham we need a two-pronged strategy: a defensive strategy to protect existing jobs and a forward-looking proactive strategy to reshape the local economy to create good new jobs.

We have to fight against ‘fire and rehire’ and other attacks on workers, but that’s not enough – it doesn’t create the new jobs that are needed by the thousands of unemployed in Birmingham. So we also need a coordinated campaign to create more good new jobs. Continue reading

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May Day #KillTheBill 11am Victoria Sq

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by | April 30, 2021 · 1:42 pm

Trades Council May Day event 1pm-3pm Saturday 1st May

Speakers include

  • Radha D’Sdouza, Lawyer and Social Justice activist working in India and internationally
  • Missh Rahman, Labour’s NEC member and Walsall activist
  • Chris Crean, Friends of the Earth
  • Steve Turner, Asst General Secretary UNITE the Union

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Birmingham Workers Memorial Day “Remember the Dead and fight for the living” Wed 28 Apr 12.30 on Zoom

Zoom meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86931911126?pwd=MnVVaUdrWE1yZVFLMUt2RTlTcGhQUT09

Zoom Meeting ID 869 3191 1126

Passcode: 567742

Alternatively dial 0203 901 7895

When prompted enter meeting ID 869 3191 1126 & Passcode 567742

Speakers, including bereaved relatives:

Tracy Edwards, National Health & Safety Officer PCS

Su Lowe, Unite the Union, West Mids lead officer for Health

Ravi Subramanian, West Mids UNISON Regional Secretary

Lee Barron, Midlands TUC Regional Secretary

John Blunt, trustee Asbestos Support Central England

Kathy Gaffney, Sec West Midlands Hazards Trust

Ian Scott, President Birmingham Trades Union Council

Neil Bishop, manager Asbestos Support Central England

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For full union and community involvement in the Council’s East Birmingham Inclusive Growth strategy

Summary

 Birmingham Council has launched an East Birmingham Inclusive Growth plan. It includes creating thousands of jobs.

  • It has a new governance structure comprising the East Birmingham Board and also a Ward Members’ Forum, comprising all 26 Councillors who represent the wards in East Birmingham.
  • But the Board has no representation either from residents or from trade unions. They should be directly represented on it by their own representatives.
  • The East Birmingham Inclusive Growth plan is an exceptional opportunity for the unions to work together to develop their own vision and policies for East Birmingham, to work on them with the local community, and to campaign for them with the Board and the Members’ Forum, while contributing to the Board as union representative members of it.

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