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Birmingham protest ruins cabinet minister's job centre visit

04 February 2011
Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith’s visit to a job centre in Birmingham today didn’t go as he’d planned it. He arrived at the Sparkhill job centre in Sparkbrook to find some 30 protesters blocking the road.

Birmingham council workers' mass meetings demand strikes

02 February 2011
More than 3,000 council workers voted unanimously for a strike ballot at four mass meetings in Birmingham yesterday (Tuesday).

Council workers gear up to save their jobs and services

01 February 2011
Thousands of Birmingham council workers were holding mass meetings as Socialist Worker went to press—and looked likely to vote for an industrial action ballot.

Protest against post privatisation

01 February 2011
Over 450 postal workers and their supporters took to the streets of Birmingham last Saturday.

Birmingham bin workers furious as council reneges on deal

25 January 2011
Bin workers in Birmingham are furious as they have discovered that council managers have reneged on a deal reached last week.

Birmingham refuse workers suspend strikes

18 January 2011
Some 480 refuse workers employed by Birmingham City Council suspended their planned two half-day strikes last week after management were forced to make concessions.

Let Mirfat stay here

18 January 2011
Mirfat Badallah is calling for solidarity to stop the Home Office deporting her to Yemen. She has lived in Birmingham for 11 years and has a British husband and British born children.

Unions suspend Birmingham bin strikes

13 January 2011
Unions have suspended two planned half-day strikes by some 480 bin workers that were due to start in Birmingham today.

United Left gets back together

11 January 2011
The United Left group in the Unite union held a national meeting in Birmingham last Saturday to discuss the best way to take the union forward.

Students shut down Birmingham RBS bank

11 January 2011
Students protesting over cuts stormed a branch of the RBS bank in Birmingham today, angry over news of bankers’ obscene bonuses.

Birmingham bin workers show their power

11 January 2011
Birmingham is becoming a festering trashheap as industrial action and snow has ground refuse collection to a near halt.

Birmingham council workers strike against cuts

06 January 2011
A strike by workers across the Birmingham Connexions service, which assists young and vulnerable people to access work and training opportunities, was called off at the last minute today.

Birmingham rubbish bosses are in the dumps

04 January 2011
Industrial action by refuse workers in Birmingham, combined with recent bad weather, is hitting hard.

Birmingham refuse workers strike against pay cuts

20 December 2010
Street cleaners were in upbeat mood on the Lifford Lane depot picket line today during the strike by refuse workers in Birmingham. No workers crossed the picket line and reports from other areas confirm that the strike by Unite, GMB, Ucatt and Unison union members was solid across the city.

Birmingham refuse workers' work to rule postponed

07 December 2010
A work to rule by hundreds of Birmingham refuse workers has been postponed for two weeks for talks between the unions and the council.

Disabled People Against Cuts launched

09 November 2010
Disabled activists and their allies have launched Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) to fight the Tories’ austerity plans. It was formed after the protest at the Tory conference in Birmingham—which was led by disabled people.

Meeting challenges racism in Birmingham

02 November 2010
Some 120 students and school pupils packed out the council chambers in Birmingham for a Question Time-style debate about how to tackle racism in the city, on Tuesday of last week.

Routes to Revolution: Women Mapping Birmingham

02 November 2010
Routes to Revolution showcases the creative responses of a group of refugee and newly arrived women towards Birmingham’s industrial and craft-based heritage.

Birmingham's Tory council leads new attack on asylum seekers

12 October 2010
At the same time as attacking the workforce, Birmingham’s Tory housing chief is throwing the city’s asylum seekers out of their homes—to make room for "our people".


12 October 2010

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