Victory to the Coventry refuse drivers!

The Workers Party of Britain – Birmingham branch stands in solidarity with striking refuse workers in Coventry and denounces the failure of Labour-run Coventry council to agree a pay settlement that reflects the skilled nature of the work performed by its 70-odd HGV refuse drivers, oblivious to changes in the jobs market caused by the exodus of EU drivers.

Seemingly living in a bubble, the council appears to believe that it can still get away with paying its refuse drivers the same poverty wages as it did before, with a miserable basic salary of £22,183. The council seems to be unaware of the fact that the rising value of HGV drivers on the labour market has increased workers’ bargaining power. With more employers chasing fewer HGV-qualified drivers, workers are right to seize the opportunity to press for the decent level of pay which they have previously been denied.

Elsewhere, employers have grasped the nettle and agreed to pay HGV refuse drivers a wage befitting the nature of their work. Plymouth council have recently agreed to reclassify its refuse drivers, bumping them up from unskilled to skilled grades, thereby effectively raising their pay by 12.5 percent, worth about £3,000 each year. 

The refuse drivers in Coventry began their strike action on 5 January and plan further strikes in February and March.

The Workers Party of Britain – Birmingham Branch salutes their resistance and stands in solidarity with the workers demanding better pay and conditions from the anti-labour Labour council.

Spirited rally opens Workers Party – Birmingham campaign

The Workers Party – Birmingham held a well attended and spirited rally on Friday 3 December in Highgate, Birmingham.

In freezing weather just over 80 people ventured out to hear speeches from former Derby MP Chris Williamson, Birmingham section secretary Lauren Wilson, Community Team lead Reuben Lawrence and party leader George Galloway. The speeches were broken up with poem by Eugene Egan, party member and prospective candidate for Alum Rock in next year’s local elections and cde Nasri Barghouti a well-known Palestinian rights activist . Local artist Nehanda generously supported the rally by singing a mix of classic soulful tunes and performing her own powerful defence of J K Rowling “I am woman”.

The Birmingham party will be standing in a number of seats in next years local elections. A Crowdfunder is raising money for the campaign, if you wish to donate, please follow this link: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/birmingham-fund-wpb

Videos and clips from the rally can be watched on Youtube.

Fundraiser launched for Workers Party in Birmingham 2022

The Workers Party of Britain have launched a fundraiser as preparations continue for the 2022 electoral challenge to Labour in Birmingham. In recent weeks the local party has distributed 29,000 leaflets in B8, B9 and B12 and this coming Friday 3 November is the official launch of party campaigning.

George Galloway, leader of the Workers Party of Britain will speak at a meeting in Highgate this Friday 3 December.

George will be joined by friends of our party, the former Derby North MP and well known socialist Chris Williamson, as well as talented local artist and women’s rights activist Nehanda.

The rally will also be addressed by candidates running in the 2022 local elections for the Workers Party, which has already selected challengers for Brandwood & Kings Heath, Bordesley & Highgate, Balsall Heath West and Alum Rock. Balsall Heath East, Sparkbrook, Shard End, Bordesley Green are all in the process of selection.

Those wishing to apply to run as a candidate can do so in writing to info@workerspartybritain.org or in person at the party offices 274 Moseley Road, B12 0BS on a Saturday or Sunday after 5.00pm.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/george-galloway-the-workers-party-birmingham-rally-tickets-207590949117

Former Derby MP Chris Williamson and local artist Nehanda join George Galloway on 3 December in Birmingham

George Galloway, leader of the Workers Party of Britain will speak at a meeting in Birmingham on Friday 3 December.

George will be joined by friends of our party, the former Derby North MP and well known socialist Chris Williamson, as well as talented local artist and women’s rights activist Nehanda. Nehanda who has recently signed to a record label will perform her incredible tribute song “I am Woman”:

The rally will also be addressed by candidates running in the May 2022 local elections for the Workers Party, which has already selected challengers for Brandwood & Kings Heath, Bordesley & Highgate, Balsall Heath West and Alum Rock. Balsall Heath East, Sparkbrook, Shard End, Bordesley Green are all in the process of selection.

Those wishing to apply to run as a candidate can do so in writing to info@workerspartybritain.org or in person at the party offices 274 Moseley Road, B12 0BS on a Saturday or Sunday after 5.00pm.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/george-galloway-the-workers-party-birmingham-rally-tickets-207590949117

George Galloway to speak in Birmingham Friday 3rd December 7.00pm

George Galloway, leader of the Workers Party of Britain will speak at a meeting in Birmingham on Friday 3 December.

The rally will also be addressed by candidates running in the May 2022 local elections for the Workers Party, which has already selected challengers for Brandwood & Kings Heath, Bordesley & Highgate, Balsall Heath West and Alum Rock.

Those wishing to apply to run as a candidate can do so in writing to info@workerspartybritain.org or in person at the party offices 274 Moseley Road, B12 0BS on a Saturday or Sunday after 5.00pm.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/george-galloway-the-workers-party-birmingham-rally-tickets-207590949117