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Climate Justice – Birmingham Public Meeting Tue 28th 6.30pm

This meeting is a callout to organise for the 6th November when we hope that at least 250,000 people will take to the streets in Glasgow and in cities across the UK to mark the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice on 6th November. Birmingham will host the West Midlands hub protest from 12pm in Centenary Square, B1 1HQ. Be part of making these impossible to ignore.

Event by COP26 Coalition West Midlands

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Climate Justice: a Briefing for trade unionists

The COP26 Coalition Trade Union Caucus has published a Briefing for Trade Unionists. (Below are extracts and a link.) As it says, “delivering a Just Transition will need strength and determination by the trade union movement and its allies to force their governments to take the urgent actions needed, while calling out any failures to deliver on promises about green jobs”. While the unions support a Just Transition they have done little to mobilise members on the ground.

That is what is needed here in the West Midlands, where the COP26 Coalition WM is building for the demonstration in Birmingham on November 6, along with actions in other WM areas. The Trades Council could play a key role in getting local trade union members involved in the Nov 6 actions, which would feed into the ongoing campaign thereafter. It needs one or two members of the BTUC Exec to take responsibility for the longterm strategic coordination of its Climate campaign, with a working group of members. (The same approach could be adopted for the other key issues facing working people in Birmingham: jobs, housing, social care, health and education, each with an EC coordinator.) Continue reading

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Why Boris Johnson’s plan won’t fix social care

Analysis suggests cash generated by proposed tax hikes will not be enough to tackle both the NHS and wider care crises

Professor Catherine Needham of Birmingham University on why the sums behind the prime minister’s funding plan for buckling social care system don’t add up

Boris Johnson has unveiled plans for a £12bn-a-year tax rise from April 2022, to fund social care reform in England and to tackle the NHS’s Covid-induced backlog of cases.

Demand for care – from short-term needs to long-term support – is rising and levels of unmet need are soaring. Social care needs urgent investment. Continue reading

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Lobby for HS2 to be scrapped

Please email your MP to lobby for HS2 to be scrapped. https://standforthetrees.org/

There is a debate in Parliament on Monday 13th. HS2 is a luxury white elephant for the elite. Post-COVID, the business case is in tatters. HS2 cannot be carbon neutral until after 2100. It is already permanently destroying nature along its route. Ask your MP to scrap this folly now and invest in meaningful carbon reduction schemes and local transport for all.

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Future-proof every workplace: How trade unions can lead a just climate transition in every industry

Workers at GKN Automotive plant in Birmingham just voted overwhelmingly to strike: for their plan to switch the plant to electric vehicle parts manufacture, and to save their jobs. Come to this event to hear from Frank Duffy, Unite convenor at GKN, and four more leaders of the struggle to future-proof every workplace.

Tuesday 14 September, 1.30pm

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YcHOP-GcT8mvdIFoJxETeQ

And don’t miss the COP26 Coalition Trade Union Caucus

The next national online meeting is on Tuesday 7 September 6.30 – 8pm. More info at http://tinyurl.com/trade-union-sep .

We need to get union organisations and members in the West Midlands involved, including the Trades Council, perhaps leading to setting up a Birmingham Caucus.

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COP26 Coalition West Midlands – join the campaign

This November, world leaders will meet in Glasgow at the COP26 global climate talks to discuss our future. The COP26 Coalition is getting organised to bring climate justice to COP26.

Global Day of Action for Climate Justice Saturday 6 November

Join the climate justice movement across the world to build power for system change. Together, we can make enough noise that our voices cannot be ignored.

The COP26 Coalition has a West Midlands hub. It is planning a demonstration in Birmingham on 6 Nov, with actions in Wolverhampton and other WM centres. The next online planning meeting is on Tuesday 31 August at 7pm, with a focus on plans for the Birmingham demo – email westmidlands@cop26coalition.org for details.

COP26 Coalition Trade Union Caucus

The next national online meeting is on Tuesday 7 September 6.30 – 8pm. More info at http://tinyurl.com/trade-union-sep . We need to get union organisations and members in the West Midlands involved, including the Trades Council, perhaps leading to setting up a Birmingham Caucus.

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More than half of families with children face benefit cuts in parts of Birmingham

Join the protest by Unite Community members on Saturday 28 August 11am outside Aldi, Bearwood.

In the constituencies of Birmingham Hodge Hill and Birmingham Ladywood, 77% of families with children, more than three quarters, will be affected – report from Birmingham Mail 26 August. Continue reading

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Fair Pay for NHS

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The COP26 Coalition WM is campaigning in Birmingham and WM leading up to Nov 6

In November at COP26 the climate movement here and globally will be out in force, challenging the green rhetoric, empty promises and hypocrisy of governments and big business.

Here in Birmingham and the West Midlands the COP26 Coalition WM is bringing together dozens of activists and organisations for actions between now and Nov 6, when there are likely to be demonstrations in Birmingham and other WM towns. Continue reading

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Tackling the Jobs Crisis must be a top priority for the Trades Council

To tackle the jobs emergency in Birmingham we need a two-pronged strategy: a defensive strategy to protect existing jobs when they are threatened and a forward-looking proactive strategy, working with the unions to reshape the local economy to create good new jobs. Continue reading

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