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24 February 2009
Share out the work with no loss of pay
"Police fear summer of rage", reported The Guardian on Monday 23 February. Looking at the latest figures for unemployment and redundancies, it's not surprising that a reaction from workers is feared, writes Ted Smith, Birmingham Socialist Party.
11 February 2009
Saturday 14 February 2009, 12-4pm, The Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS...
11 February 2009
The annual rich list for the West Midlands was recently published in The Birmingham Post. It reveals that Sir Anthony Bamford has been knocked off the top spot this year. It seems that a £600 million increase...
28 January 2009
Solidarity with Gaza: The huge demonstrations against the slaughter in Gaza once again gave the lie to the idea that young people are apathetic or apolitical, Socialist Students members write.
7 January 2009
By a margin of two to one BT workers have reluctantly voted to accept the attacks on their pensions recommended by both their union, the CWU and the employer, writes Clive Walder, CWU Birmingham, Black Country and Worcs branch, personal capacity.
10 December 2008
Car industry in crisis - national meeting
The National Shop Stewards Network is organising a meeting for car workers and those in ancillary industries:
Saturday 14 February 2009, 12-4pm, The Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS.
Please encourage your union branch/workplace to sponsor this meeting and send delegates (£5 per delegate or visitor).
See also: www.shopstewards.net or PO Box 58262, London N1P 1ET.
26 November 2008
AT A time when workers in Britain are bracing themselves for more bad news, a recent report indicates the true impact of previous large-scale redundancies in the West Midlands, writes Ted Smith, Birmingham Socialist Party.
11 June 2008
Fujitsu workers took part in 12 hours of solid strike action at the company's factory in Birmingham on 9 June. The workers were protesting against the planned offshoring of jobs to the US which will result in up to 150 of the 700 workers being sacked, writes Ted Smith.
29 April 2008
Editorial: The strike on 24 April by hundreds of thousands of teachers, civil servants and college lecturers shook the government...
16 April 2008
Birmingham council have imposed a new pay and grading system onto their 40,000-strong workforce, under the guise of the 'single status' scheme, writes Dave Griffiths, West Midlands Socialist Party.
2 April 2008
In brief: Teachers' union NUT members have voted 3:1 to strike on 24 April over pay. The government are trying to force through a below-inflation pay rise, angering...
12 March 2008
Iraq war - five years ago: On the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq we look back at the inspiring actions of school and college students that took place in opposition to the war...
27 February 2008
PCS members working in the Department for Work and Pensions are to strike on 17 and 18 March, following the collapse of pay negotiations...
19 February 2008
Birmingham council workers strike on 5 February 2008. Photo S O'Neill
12 February 2008
Single status has meant cuts for many. Here, Greenwich council workers lobby the council. Photo Paul Mattsson
12 February 2008
Union branches in the West Midlands region are at various stages in the implementation of single status... By Dave Auger, Wolverhampton Unison, personal capacity
6 February 2008
More than 20,000 Birmingham Council workers were on 24-hour strike on 5 February 2008 over a new pay and grading system and employment contract which will see many lose basic pay... By Clive Walder, Birmingham Socialist Party
13 December 2007
Birmingham city council: "WE'VE GOT a grudge with councillor Rudge," was one of the slogans displayed on placards by several hundred angry Birmingham city council workers... By Clive Walder
14 November 2007
On 7 November Birmingham city council workers held a demonstration outside the council house in Birmingham city centre in protest against the council's plans to force through its gender pay equalisation plans which will mean... By Ted Smith, Birmingham Socialist Party
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