Unite the Resistance West Midlands Regional Conference

28 January 2013

Unite the Resistance West Midlands Regional Conference Planning Meeting

6:30pm – 8pm, Tuesday 12th February 2013

PCS regional office, Oxford House, Waterloo Street, Birmingham City Centre


Dear Sister / Brother,

The Tories have made it clear that the attacks on local services, our rights at work, jobs, pay and pensions will continue. With working class living standards being cut as never before in peacetime, as trade unionists, we have to find ways to organise our collective strength against these attacks. In particular, we need to debate and discuss how we get the strike movement back to the scale of the 30 November public sector mass strike and how we can turn the words about a general strike from the TUC into action.

The successful Unite the Resistance conference in London on 17 November 2012 was a valuable step forward. With around 1,000 trade unionists present, it resolved to carry this work further with regional conferences around the country early in 2013.

To this end, Unite the Resistance activists are planning to hold a West Midlands Regional Conference in early spring this year. We are writing this letter to ask if you and/or your organisation would like to sponsor this conference and come to our planning meeting on Tuesday 12th February in Birmingham (details above). Please confirm if you and/or your organisation will add your name as a sponsor (we would also be grateful if your organisation could contribute to the cost of the event). We would be very grateful if you could get in touch as soon as possible by emailing westmidlandsutr@gmail.com or calling Helen on 07742 023 870.

We would also like to offer to provide a Unite the Resistance speaker for your next union meeting. The TUC general council on December 11th agreed to send out a survey to find out what affiliated unions thought about calling a general strike. We think this would be a useful topic to organise meetings around and would be willing to send a speaker from Unite the Resistance to talk on the subject. Please contact us if you would like to arrange this.


We look forward to hearing from you.


In solidarity,

Sandwell NUT

DWP Birmingham South Branch PCS

Shrewsbury College UCU

David Muritu, victimised UCU branch secretary Halesowen College

Brian O’Sullivan, Chair, West Midlands Region UCU

Alliya Stennett, Joint Chair Birmingham South & City College UCU

Councillor Josh Jones, Birmingham Stockland Green

Councillor Will Duckworth Dudley Netherton, Woodside & St Andrews, Deputy Leader Green Party of England and Wales

Shirley Perry, Birmingham NUT President

Doug Morgan, Birmingham NUT Deputy General Secretary

John Howell, Birmingham NUT Treasurer

Ian Murray, Sandwell NUT General Secretary

Linda Burnip, Co-founder Disabled People Against the Cuts

Eleanor Lisney, Co-founder Disabled People Against the Cuts

John Worton, Sandwell NUT Treasurer

Matt Raine, Birmingham University UNISON Branch Secretary

Tony Barnsley, Joint Assistant Branch Secretary, Sandwell UNISON

Sheera Johal, President Birmingham and Sandwell Indian Workers Association

Andy Brown, UNISON Telford and Wrekin local gov exec

Brett Davis, UNITE Convenor DSG Donnington

Ollie Jones, UNITE Steward DSG Donnington

Robert Sykes, Branch Chair Dudley/Sandwell PCS

Chris Denson, Joint Divisional Secretary Coventry NUT

Martin Lynch, Dudley NUT Divisional Secretary

Rob Anderson, UNITE / UCU Divisional Rep

Ben Andrews, UCU Secretary – Walsall Campus, University Wolverhampton

Darren Barton, Assistant Secretary Sandwell NUT

B McAdam, President Sandwell NUT

David Morton, Ex- president Dudley NASUWT

H Pelter, President and Equality Officer, Dudley NASUWT

Joe Rooney, UNITE UCU Staff Branch Sec

Jayne Sinden, Senior Vice President, Dudley NUT

Jim Warner, Acting Sec Dudley TUC

all signatories in a personal capacity

Download this letter -> UtR West Mids Conf Open Letter

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