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November 30th march and rally details

Details of the planned marches and rallies on November 30th are as follows:

Birmingham: Rally at National Indoor Arena at 1.30pm (doors open from 12.30pm); March assembly point 11.30am for a 12noon march (assembly point and route TBC); Information contact: Rob Johnston, rjohnston@tuc.org.u, 0121 236 4454

Coventry: Rally in Millennium Place, 10am.

Donnington, Telford: Rally in Cordingley Hall, Wellington Road,. Donnington, Telford, TF2 8JS; Times: 11:30 – 14:30; Followed by a social event in Jolly Brewer Pub from 2.00 pm; Information Contact: Mike Veric, 07974110941, myv.rothesay16@talktalk.net

Dudley: Meet at Coronation Gardens, Priory Road, at 10.15am for a march down to the Station Hotel for a rally.

Stoke-on-Trent: Rally in Kingsway Car Park, ST4 1HL (opposite the town hall); Timings: TBC

Wolverhampton: March assembly point: Civic centre 11.00 am (North Street  Wolverhampton WV1 1RQ); Short march around Wolverhampton returning to Civic Centre for 15 minuts of speeches until 12.00pm (sheltered area by steps for rally if raining)

Worcester: Meet at 11.15am on Mealcheapen Street (off Cornmarket).  March leaves at 11.30am and travels throughWorcester city centre, arriving at Tramps Nightclub, Angel Place for a rally starting at 12.30pm; Bryn Griffiths, secretary@worcestertuc.org

We are also aware of rallies being planned in Gloucester and Shrewsbury

Birmingham N30 leaflet w/confirmed speakers

The latest TUC leaflet, detailing the confirmed speakers and march assembly point for the Birmingham activity, can be found here: Birmingham Nov 30 with confirmed speakers

Midlands TUC leaflet for November 30th activity in Birmingham



Please dowload the Birmingham N30 leaflet from the Midlands TUC.  The flyer identifies the NIA as the rally point whilst recognising that the assembly point and route not agreed yet due to meetings with the authorities. However, the flyer points out that this will be advertised on the Midlands TUC blog as soon as agreements are reached.

June 30th – strike for pensions!

We have received confirmation today that all branches in Adult Education, Further Education, and post-92 Higher Education will be going on strike on Thursday 30th June alongside members of the schoolteachers’ unions ATL and NUT, in defence of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.  PCS (the civil service union) will also be taking industrial action on that day.

There is a briefing about the issues on our website at http://www.ucu.org.uk/media/pdf/8/1/ucu_tpsbriefing_jun11.pdf

If you wish to direct colleagues towards a tool to see how much they stand to lose under the proposed changes, please give them this link to our TPS Calculator: http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=5212

With that in mind, it is time to start preparing for the day of action two weeks from today.  Branches could be sorting out picketing rotas and liaising with local colleagues from ATL, NUT and/or PCS in the build-up, as well as attempting to contact members face-to-face to encourage them to come out on strike.  If you would like some help with this, please get in touch by email to JRooney@ucu.org.uk or by phoning the regional office.

There will also be several events during the day.  The biggest will be the cross-union rally starting at midday in Birmingham city centre, which will include a march through the city centre.  Several “feeder demonstrations” have been organised, for example in Wolverhampton (meet 10.45am outside Metro One before travelling en masse to Birmingham at 11.15am).  As and when we get more details of these, we will publicise them to you.  There will also be a rally in Worcester city centre, details of which will follow.

If you would like to hold a members’ meeting in your branch in the run-up to this day of action, and would like my support in doing so or in finding a speaker for it, please get in touch ASAP.

Colleagues in pre-92 Higher Education branches will not be out on strike on June 30th, but we would encourage you to send messages of support to local branches that will be on strike, and also to attend one of the rallies if at all possible.

If you have any further comments or questions, please get in touch as soon as possible!