Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Firefighters, Doctors, Birmingham: Taking the opposition to the Tories.

Firefighters, Doctors, Birmingham: Taking the opposition to the Tories.

Yesterday the shocking news was announced that The Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, was planning to dismiss ALL of it's firefighters. It would then only re-hire those willing to accept an unfair and unsafe 12 hour shift contract. The contract has had no agreement from the Fire Brigades Union who make up 95% of all Manchester firefighters. This is an absolutely disgraceful act, and sets light to the myth of an austerity slow-down, as peddled by Theresa May in her now infamous, 'a Britain not just for the privileged few' speech on the steps of Downing Street. 

If the government thinks it can force through these cuts in one of the most heavily union organised firefighting services in the country, it is obviously planning on doing this elsewhere too... But we must stand with our friends in the FBU and stop this outrage in it's tracks before it can spread. 

Please sign this petition: 'Stand with Manchester Firefighters: No to mass dismissals'

 Please sign and share as widely as you can. 

Junior Doctors are going ahead with their THIRD round of strikes next week, again over another unfair and unsafe contract. The ongoing court case that was crowd funded by the junior doctors is making headlines this week with revelations heard in court that Jeremy Hunt acted illegally over junior doctors dispute. Please also sign and share a petition of support for the striking Junior Doctors here.

It is vital that we get down to a picket line in support of this vital service. 

There should be no doubt that Theresa May plans will be as vicious as her predecessors. She has stood by Jeremy Hunt and recent events in Manchester show the utter contempt her government has for the safety, security and wellbeing of working people.

That is why it's vital to get to Birmingham for the weekend of the 1 & 2 October toProtest the Tory Party Conference
On Saturday 1 October, from 10:30am we will be hosting The People's Conference - Our Alternative to Austerity, in Birmingham Town Hall. 


Speakers include, Ken Loach Filmmaker, Salma Yaqoob Campaigner, Francesca Martinez Comedian, Yannis Gourtsoyannis Junior Doctors Committee, Kevin Courtney National Union of Teachers, Dave Ward Communication Workers Union, Malia Bouattia National Union of Students, Steve Turner Unite the Union, Sam Fairbairn People's Assembly, John Hendy QC Campaign for Trade Union Freedom, Maz Saleem Campaigner, Lindsey German Stop the War Coalition, Weyman Bennett Stand Up To Racism, Ian Hodson Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union, Natalie Bennett Green Party, David Edgar Playwright, Kadisha Burrell Campaigner.

The event also includes a Special Advance Screening of Ken Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake' from 7:00pm at Cineworld Broad Street with an introduction from the director himself. 

Limited spaces available, BOOK HERE

On Sunday 2 October, from 11:30am there will be a National Demonstration, 'Tories Out, Austerity Has Failed', at Victoria Square Birmingham.  

Updated transport information can be found HERE.

See you on the streets. 

The People's Assembly Against Austerity

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