Combat climate breakdown in school and beyond

Here is the resolution passed overwhelmingly at NEU Conference. Below it are some suggestions on implementing it from Schools’ Climate Education South Yorkshire (supported by Sheffield NEU) which we could make use of in Birmingham.  Continue reading

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A Plan For Jobs In UK Manufacturing West Midlands – Monday 26 April 11am on Zoom

You are invited to attend the launch event for “A Plan For Jobs In UK Manufacturing” in the West Midlands. Launched by Unite the Union Assistant General Secretary Steve Turner and Unite West Midlands Regional Secretary Annmarie Kilcline. The launch event will be followed by a Q&A segment where you can put your questions forward. Continue reading

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A Birmingham Jobs Emergency Task Force could create hundreds of new green jobs retrofitting homes

Delegates to the Trades Council voted at its meeting on 1 April to call for the Council to set up a Jobs Emergency Task Force to drive and coordinate the post-Covid jobs recovery – not just leave it to the market. Astonishingly, the resolution was opposed, though unsuccessfully, by a majority of the officers and members of the new BTUC Executive Committee. (See BATC 8 April.)

Here we provide a practical example of what the Task Force could achieve – a programme for retrofitting homes, involving unions and local communities, creating hundreds of new green jobs. This is exactly what Leeds TUC is calling for in its excellent report ‘Retrofit Leeds homes with high-quality insulation and heat pumps:  a plan and call to action!’. [1] Here are some extracts from it: Continue reading

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The resolution on the Jobs Emergency Task Force at Birmingham Trades Council 1 April 2021: two opposed positions and their theoretical bases

At the Trades Council open monthly meeting on 1 April delegates passed a resolution from Birmingham NEU on the jobs crisis which is hitting tens of thousands of workers and job seekers in the city. The resolution calls on Birmingham City Council “to establish a Jobs Emergency Task Force as a matter of priority, bringing together representatives of unions, schools and colleges, training providers, employers and job-seekers, to develop a strategic coordinated response and support system”. Continue reading

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West Midlands Climate Coalition meeting to plan for COP26 – Wed 14 Apr 16.30-18.00

This is an open meeting for climate campaigners in the West Midlands to discuss coordinated action up to and at COP26 in November 2021. How can climate campaigners from around the West Midlands work together to raise public awareness and influence the outcome of the conference and public pressure on our local, regional and national politicians to take meaningful action on the climate emergency?

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Kill The Bill – Saturday the 3rd at 2pm, Victoria Square, Birmingham

For the national day of action, Birmingham is taking to the streets again! Organised by Women’s Strike Assembly  Brum

Please, wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

A coalition of grassroots organisations, groups & social movements of all ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, sexualities, faiths, abilities, ages and social standings, have united nationally to mobilise against the proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Court Bill. Continue reading

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Why we need full Union involvement in a Birmingham Jobs Emergency Task Force

The Jobs Crisis in Birmingham

“Some 33,000 people have lost their jobs in Birmingham since February last year. About 15 per cent of the population here is unemployed. That’s almost treble the national average. It is the highest rates the city has known since 1987. If you were to rank every UK parliamentary constituency by order of the most people claiming universal credit, five of the top 10 would be in Birmingham.

There is almost certainly worse to come too. Another 55,000 people here are on furlough. When the government’s Jobs Retention Scheme ends in September, officials are already bracing themselves for a further explosion in redundancies.

In a city where 40 per cent of the population were already living in the 10 most deprived areas of England, the figures are, some say, nothing short of an economic and social calamity in motion.” (Colin Drury, The Independent, 21 March.)

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“An Emergency Plan on Green Jobs for Young People” from Friends of the Earth

There are over 19,000 unemployed young people age 16-24 in Birmingham (December figures). It’s a Jobs Emergency and this new report by Friends of the Earth has a detailed set of urgently-needed policies for new green jobs. Birmingham Council should campaign for Government to implement them, and should itself set up a Jobs Emergency Task Force now in Birmingham to begin to put them into practice.

Below are extracts from the summary. You can read the full 94 page report at https://policy.friendsoftheearth.uk/sites/files/policy/documents/2021-03/EMERGENCY_PLAN_GREEN_JOBS_FEB_2021.pdf  Continue reading

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Birmingham needs Unite’s ‘Plan for Jobs in UK manufacturing’

We need a two-pronged strategy to tackle Birmingham’s Jobs Emergency:

  • Defensive campaigns like those at GKN and Heartlands when jobs come under attack
  • A consistent long-term campaign strategy for alternative policies to create jobs

Before the Covid crisis Birmingham had 38,000 workers in manufacturing. Now many are furloughed or have lost their jobs, and many more jobs will be lost when furlough ends. Meanwhile thousands of young people will be leaving school and college and looking for jobs.

Unite’s 7-point plan offers some answers Continue reading

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Birmingham NEU wants the Council to launch a Jobs Emergency Task Force

There is a Jobs Emergency in Birmingham. That’s why Birmingham branch of the National Education Union has sent the motion below to Birmingham Trades Union Council. It calls on the City Council to set up a Jobs Emergency Task Force, bringing together representatives of unions, schools and colleges, training providers, employers and job-seekers, to develop a strategic coordinated response and support system. It will be discussed at BTUC’s delegates’ meeting on April 1st. Continue reading

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