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Tory Conference Demo – Sunday 7th October 2012

The Tories are coming back to Birmingham for their 2012 conference, and the TUC have called a demonstration. In 2010, 7,000 people came here for the Tory conference, and last years Liberal Democrat conference saw a banner drop and demonstration, and with austerity failing, this year’s conference should see a huge demo against the economic policies of the larger of the two coalition partners, calling for an alternative economic strategy.

Put this date in your diary now, and start telling people about it. We are calling to the TUC to make this a national demonstraton against austerity and for unions around the UK to book coaches for members and benefit claimants to travel to Birmingham.

Please note that the assembly point and time has changed:
10:30am assemble in Victoria Square, Birmingham (B1 1BB).
for march at 11.00am, then rally back in Vicotria Square.



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30th November Photos – Demo & Rally

On Wednesday 30th November, 15,000 people assembled in Birmingham and marched through the city centre to the NIA. The council tried to stop it, by asking for £10,000 to march, but the unions and the people refused to pay, and marched anyway.
The demonstration, against changes to pensions which will see public sector workers work longer and pay more to get less in order to fund the deficit, against the cuts which the pension changes form part of, and for the alternative to the austerity economics of this coalition government.
We have already had a report from Stirchley and Cotteridge Against the Cuts, and some pictures from pickets around Birmingham. This post has photos of 30th November demonstration and rally. We still want more photos, especially of picket lines and any unions’ that we have missed at the demo.
Email them to BirminghamAgainstTheCuts@gmail.com







On the March

More Unions









Even More Unions!

People & Placards

The Rally

With thanks to our contributors:
Geoff Dexter
Liz Jolly Sherborne
Becca Kirkpatrick
Vez Kirkpatrick
Christopher Smith from West Midlands Pensioners Convention
Fiona Raychell

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Birmingham for the Alternative: March Against the Lib Dems

Assemble 11am, Granville Street, B1

The Liberal Democrat conference is being held at the ICC in Birmingham from the 17th – 21st September, and the TUC, along with Right to Work, DPAC and all the anti-cuts groups in the West Midlands have come together to create a march, assembling at Granville Street, just off Broad Street, and marching down Broad Street, around the Ring of Steel, into the city centre, up Corporation Street to a rally at Lionel Street car park.
The TUC rally will have Billy Hayes (CWU), Mark Serwotka (PCS), Paul Kenny (GMB) and Christine Blower (NUT) speaking.
Follwoing this rally, Right To Work have a rally starting at 3:30pm at the CWU offices, just around the corner from Lionel Street. Speakers there are John McDonnell MP, Mark Serwotka (PCS), Billy Hayes (CWU), Estelle Cooch (Right to Work), Linda Burnip (DPAC), Maxie Hayles (BARAC) and is charied by Lee Barron (CWU Regional secretary)

The police have imposed the same ring of steel as was used at the tory party conference last year. Sign this statement calling for it to be removed. In Manchester, the Tory party conference march – which is likely to be bigger than the march in Birmingham – is being allowed to pass directly in front of the conference, but West Midlands police have decided in their infinite wisdom to keep us away. Please sign the statement in that link to call for us to be allowed to march past the ICC.

Tory conference march, Birmingham 2010

In October last year, 7,000 people marched through the rain in Birmingham when the Tories held their conference here – we can make this march much, much bigger, with the support of the TUC and a year into the coaltion government, we should be getting tens of thousands of people out to call for an alternative to the austerity policies of this government.

Over the past year we have seen our economy falter, with growth flatlining in the 9 months since the first budget review of this Government. We need to abandon austerity policies, and instead develop policies for growth – stimulate the economy by investing in sectors which either need support or which investment would help achieve other policy aims as well. Without growth we will not see the deficit being reduced.

Cuts will not help our economy, or solve our deficit problem. What they will do, and are doing, is cause hardship to average and low income people of this country. The wealthiest are not hurt by these cuts, and are seeing their wealth continue to grow. The bankers continue to receive bonuses for doing exactly the same kinds of things that caused the financial crisis in the first place – and since no reforms have happened to the banking sector, they continue to pose a risk to us.

Connexions workers on strike on 30th June

In Birmingham, the council cuts are already seeing youth services, Connexions, museums and charitable organisations losing funding and closing. Council workers face pay cuts and changes to their conditions. Adults with “substantial” care needs may lose their support. Refuse workers who cleaned up the city after the riots striking over £4,000/year pay cuts.
Across the country this picture is being repeated at every council. Nationally we have seen strikes from public sector workers whose pensions are being attacked to pay for the deficit. There will be cuts to Legal Aid, police and almost every government funded service you can think of. The NHS, which was promised would not be cut, is instead having to find 4% “efficiency savings” every year. Schools are not having their teaching budgets cut, but face the loss of outside services such as the School Sports Programme, and other funding like the schools maintenance budget, as well as the scrapping of EMA which will reduce pupil numbers and in doing so reduce funding to schools and FE colleges.

The Liberal Democrats are not an unwilling partner in this coalition. They are fully committed to the austerity agenda, as we saw when they broke their pledge to vote against tuition fees back in December, or when they failed to impose any kind of reform on the banks, let alone a version of the Glass-Steagall Act.

Join with us on September 18th in Birmingham to call for an alternative to this government and the austerity policies they are imposing on us. To find out more about the alternatives, look at False Economy or our posts on alternatives to the cuts.
Right to Work are running coaches from around the UK.

If you fancy making a weekend of it, the Chainmakers Festival, celebrating the victory of the Women Chainmakers who went on strike in 1910 to get equal wages to men, is being held in Cradley Heath on Sat September 17th.

On September 8th, Birmingham Against the Cuts and Right to Work are holding a public meeting – Build the Alternative, Broaden the Struggle, with Jack Dromey MP, Bob Crow, Jody McIntyre and Paul Brandon speaking, chaired by Caroline Johnson.
We will also be holding many leafletting sessions, so keep an eye on our upcoming events page or our facebook page for details of those events, or email us at BirminghamAgainstTheCuts@Gmail.com or comment on this article to let us know if you would like to help and when and where you might be avaialable.

Some of the organisations supporting the demonstration on the 18th September


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National TUC back party conference marches

The TUC have backed the marches at the Liberal Democrat conference, in Birmingham on 18th September, and the Tory party conference in Manchester on 2nd October.
They will be promoting them under the banners of March for the Alternative 2 & 3.

With the support not just of regional TUC, but also nationally, this should make these marches even bigger than expected. The TUC mobilised nationally for March 26th and got 500,000 people on the streets of London. These events will give a chance for people who were unable to travel down to London the opportunity to demonstrate against the coalition in areas closer to them. We also hope that many people will travel from around the country to each of these demonstrations.

Right to Work are organising coaches, and we are sure that unions will get on board now and run coaches from their areas, and we will be running coaches up to Manchester along with local unions.

The demonstration in Birmingham is building nicely, and there are many events and meetings coming up to ensure that this is as big as possible. Many more things will be added to this, including leafletting campaigns so keep an eye on our upcoming events page.

6th August: 11:00-12:30, planning meeting – Unison Offices, 19th Floor McClaren Tower, Priory Queensway, B4 7nn – everyone welcome to attned
1pm – 3pm, Stalls & leafletting in Birmingham City Centre – many campaign groups and unions will have stalls along New Street/High Street – Facebook event, please let us know if you can help.

15th August – 6:30pm, planning meeting at the CWU building (sorry, I still need to get the address!), Birmingham. All welcome to attend.

8th September – provisional date for a public meeting to build for the demonstration

10th/11th September – Stalls & Leafletting at Arts Fest

12th-16th September – Leafletting at train stations/bus stops – details to be arranged

17th SeptemberChainmakers Festival (not related but hopefully will serve as a timely reminder of what unions can achieve when they put their minds to it)

18th September – the demonstration! Assembling at 12noon, final assembly point / march route and rally point to be decided.

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