BOB CROW and JODY McINTYRE TO SPEAK AT ANTI-CUTS PUBLIC MEETING IN BIRMINGHAM THIS WEEK

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‘BUILD THE ALTERNATIVE, BROADEN THE RESISTANCE’

(BIRMINGHAM AGAINST the CUTS/ RIGHT to WORK joint PUBLIC MEETING)

Date: Thursday, 8th September 2011

Time: 7.00 p.m.

Venue: Birmingham and Midland Institute (Lytlleton Lecture Theatre)

            Margaret Street, Birmingham [B3 3BS]

Event: Public Meeting

Speakers:

Jack Dromey MP (Birmingham, Erdington)
Bob Crow, General Secretary RMT union
Jody McIntyre, journalist and political activist
Paul Brandon, Right to Work
(more speakers to be confirmed)
Chair: Caroline Johnson, Birmingham Unison / Birmingham Against the Cuts

This meeting is being held to continue to raise the debate of the
unfair cuts to jobs, services and pensions being suffered by the most
vulnerable in society, and to raise awareness of the protest
demonstration to be held on Sunday, 18th September, in Birmingham
against the Liberal Democratic conference being held in the city.

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Notes for editors:

1.      Birmingham Against the Cuts is an umbrella organisation made
up of many concerned about the cuts and include representatives of
Birmingham Trade Union Council, Birmingham People’s Charter,
Birmingham Right to Work, Save Our Services, NSSN West Midlands, many
trade unions, including: Unison; PCS; GMB; NUT; UCU; Unison; Unite;
RMT and CWU, as well as individuals and community groups.

2.      Details of Speakers:

Jack Dromey is the Labour MP for Birmingham Erdington. He has been
outspoken against the cuts, and has supported many events locally,
including the Justice for All march, and gave an excellent speech at
the BAtC public meeting held at the Council House on 26th May.

Bob Crow is the outspoken leader of the RMT union, who regularly takes
industrial action over health and safety issues, wrongful dismissals
or in defence of their pay and conditions. Bob is a union leader who
is not afraid to ballot his members for strike when it is needed, and
is well respected by them in return. It will be great to have him talk
here, in the light of potential upcoming strike action by public
sector workers in the autumn.

Jody McIntyre is a journalist and political activist who was dragged
out of his wheelchair during the student demonstration on the 9th
December. Ever passionate and always interesting, it will be a
pleasure to welcome Jody to our city.

Paul Brandon is the chair of the Right to Work coalition, who have
called this meeting jointly with Birmingham Against the Cuts. Right to
Work were instrumental in calling a demonstration at the Liberal
Democrat conference, which was quickly backed by all the local
anti-cuts groups working in the West Midlands and by the Regional TUC,
before being adopted by national TUC.

Chaired by Caroline Johnson, Chair of Birmingham Against the Cuts and
joint branch-secretary of Birmingham Unison, whose council workers
were on strike, along with other public sector workers, on 30th June
and who are likely to take more strike action in defence of their pay
and conditions during the autumn.

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