PRESS RELEASE                                  

FOR IMMEDIATE USE                                               Monday, 18th October 2010


STUART RICHARDSON (07771 567 496)

or TONY FOLEY (07845 969 959)

 [email protected]


1)   Protest demonstration and rally against the expected proposed cuts to jobs, pensions and services (Comprehensive Spending Review).

             Date: Wednesday, 20th October 2010

             Time: 5.00 – 6.45 pm

Venue: Government Office for the West Midlands, 5 St Philips Place,                         Off Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2PW

Event: Protest demonstration and rally against the proposed cuts.

Speakers: Local trade union officials, the People’s Charter, Birmingham Trade Union Council, political representatives, community activists and pensioner representatives.

2)   One Day Conference: How to Fight the Cuts, A New Vision for Birmingham.

            Date: Saturday, 23rd October 2010

             Time: 10.00am – 4.00 pm (registration from 9.30am)

Venue: Birmingham Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BB

Event: An all-day conference on how to fight the cuts and present a new vision for a better Birmingham for its people.


Tony Benn (ex Labour M.P. and founder of the Coalition of Resistance)


John Hendy Q.C. (Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers)

Chris Baugh (Asst. Gen. Sec. PCS union)

Jack Dromey M.P. (Birmingham, Erdington)

Romayne Phoenix (Green Party)

And local representatives of struggles against the cuts

Notes for Editor:

These two events are being promoted by the Birmingham People’s Charter, Birmingham Trades Union Council and are supported by other interested bodies. The People’s Charter consists of people who are against the proposed cuts promised by the Con-Dem coalition government. The People’s Charter is supported by the T.U.C. and many leading trade unionists. Visit the People’s Charter website for our demand and full text: www.the   

Cuts in jobs and services will make our city worse to live in and will further destroy the local economy. There is no need for any cuts; instead we demand progressive taxes without loopholes or tax havens. We must own and control the main banks that the ordinary working people have had to bail out.

The protest demonstration on Wednesday is held on the day of the announcement of the Comprehensive Spending Review when massive cuts in jobs, services and pensions are expected to be announced. These cuts will affect the poor, women, pensioners and youth the most. This demonstration will build upon the protest attended by many hundreds in the city on Budget Day last June.

The all-day conference on Saturday in the Council House will consist of two parts; in the morning there will be speeches and workshops focused on how to fight the cuts, whilst the afternoon will be devoted to workshops and speeches to envisage a Birmingham with better jobs, services, housing, transport and community facilities.

Tony Benn was for many years a Labour Party M.P., and minister, and is a founder of the Coalition of Resistance. CoR is a broad united national campaign against cuts and privatisation in our workplaces, community and welfare services, and is based on the general agreement with the founding statement issued by Tony Benn in August 2010. It is linked to no particular political party, but is committed to openly working, in a non-sectarian way, with all organisations seeking to co-ordinate resistance; and is dedicated to supplementing, rather than supplanting, trade union, student, pensioner and community opposition to austerity measures. Visit the website for more information: 


 STUART RICHARDSON (07771 567 496)

or TONY FOLEY (07845 969 959)

[email protected]



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