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Hi there!

The West Midlands Further & Adult Education Christmas newsletter is available online now.  It’s a thankyou from the team at Alpha Tower for all your hard work, and a look at just a few of the successes we’ve had.  I hope you have a great and relaxing break, and that you come back refreshed in the New Year!


Jarrow March for Jobs and Education

On November the 5th, the Jarrow Marchers will arrive in London. They will have marched 330 miles from the North East, demanding jobs, education and a decent future. There will be a mass rally in central London to greet them.  Birmingham City University Students’ Union have kindly offered to allow UCU members to book seats on their coach – details follow.

They will be demanding:
  • A massive government scheme to create jobs which are socially useful and apprenticeships which offer guaranteed jobs at the end – both paying at least the minimum wage, with no youth exemptions.
  • The immediate reinstatement of EMA payments, expanding them to be available to all 16-19 year olds.
  • The immediate re-opening of all youth services that have been closed, including reinstating sacked staff.
  • The scrapping of ‘workfare’ schemes – benefits should be based on need not forced slave labour.
  • A massive building programme of environmentally sound, cheap social housing.


Jarrow March for Jobs and Education 

Saturday 5th November, 12 noon (Assemble @ Temple Embankment, Central London)

BCU coach: Departs at 8:30am from Carrs Lane in Birmingham city centre (£3 students and unwaged / £6 waged)

Email union.democracy@bcu.ac.uk or phone 0121 331 6815 to book a coach place. Please provide the name, email address and mobile number of each person you would like to book a place for.




30th June: strike day at Hereford College of Art

One of our local reps has written a blog post about the strike day at HCA.

30th June: Birmingham rally and march

Here are some photos from the cross-union strike rally in Birmingham on June 30th.  Hopefully there will be more to follow!

If you have any photos from the day, please send them to jrooney@ucu.org.uk so we can post them here!

Warwickshire College branch: stall at Sharing Good Practice event

Colleagues at the Warwickshire College branch ran a recruitment stall yesterday (Monday 4th July) at a Sharing Good Practice event in their college.  Here’s how it looked:



If you have any photos from any campaigning, organising or recruiting activity you’ve done, please email them to jrooney@ucu.org.uk and they’ll be posted here ASAP.

30th June: Birmingham strike rally poster

Here is a poster advertising the strike rally in Birmingham on June 30th. Please use it around your institutions and the local area to build support.

June 30th: Birmingham strike rally meeting place

We are encouraging all UCU members attending the strike rally in Birmingham city centre on June 30th to meet outside Alpha Tower (postcode B1 1TT) at 11.30am so that we can travel together to the rally.

June 30th: Birmingham strike rally cally for stewards

UCU has agreed to provide 10 stewards for this event.  You would need to be able to attend a briefing in Birmingham at 10.30am on June 30th.

If you would like more information, or you would like to volunteer, please contact Joe Rooney on JRooney@ucu.org.uk or 0121 634 7382.

June 30th: Gloucester strike rally

There will be a joint NUT/ATL/UCU/PCS rally in Gloucester.  It will start at 10.30am and end at 2pm.

It will be held at the Bandstand in Gloucester Park (GL1 4UF) and arrangements are being made for speakers and music.  Parking will be pay and display in side roads.

The NUT’s Gloucestershire Division is taking the lead in organising this rally.  UCU branches are encouraged to make contact with John Pemberthy, Divisional Secretary, by email to secretary@gloucestershire.nut.org.uk or by phone to 01594 560105 or 07825 225889.


June 30th: Wolverhampton strike rally

10-45am to 11-15am outside Metro ONE (by the tram stop, opposite police station) in Wolverhampton centre.

There will be short speeches from local trade unions and leafleting of the public.

Then strikers will travel to Birmingham for the huge regional rally. PCS, NUT, ATL and UCU strikers will be joined by the 10,000 UNISON Birmingham manual workers also expected to strike on June 30th over cuts to weekend rates for low paid manual workers.

assemble at 12 noon in Victoria Square, Birmingham for a march expected to leave at 12.30, followed by a rally with speakers..