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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!


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.

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.