next WB&DTUC meeting
Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council
Thursday 19th July 2018
venue Unite Office, 6 Victoria Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1LD next to bus station, over bridge from train station
- all trade union supporters welcome -
Tony O'Brien (UNITE) former national secretary Construction Safety campaign and convenor Southwark Councils Building Direct Organisation will be speaking about and signing copies of his new book which shows how local authority directly employed workers and the creation of a national public-sector construction organisation can be the answer to our corrupt system of control by the building companies and property speculators.
We have purchased a quantity of these books which we will give away at meeting.
2018 is the NHS 70th Anniversary
The People's Assembly has teamed up with a huge coalition of unions, campaigns and organisations which will be hosting a massive celebration and national demonstration to mark the 70th anniversary of our NHS this year. On Saturday 30 June in Central London tens of thousands will join a parade of music, protest, carnival and street party.
against Trump's visit
- Wed 27 June 7.30pm meeting at Darlington Methodist Church School St WV14LF;
- Qu Sq 'protest' Thurs 12 July 5.30pm;
- national demo on Friday 13th July 2pm BBC, Portland Place London W1A 1AA March to Central London
Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Wolverhampton exhibition to celebrate women partially winning right to vote
The Fight for Women’s Equality is at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lichfield Street, until 4 July.
The gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10.30am–4.30pm and Sunday from 11am–4pm. Admission is free. For more details, please visit www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk.
This year marks a century since Parliament passed a law which allowed some women and all men in the UK to vote for the time.
The Representation of the People Act 1918 was the first to include women over 30 who held £5 of property, or who had husbands who did, in the political system.
TUC Women Chainmakers' Festival of Cradley Heath
The annual Midlands TUC Chainmakers Festival, is held in
Cradley Heath High Street on Saturday 7th July 2018,
is the largest celebration in Britain of women's political history.
Tired of working day and night for starvation wages, the Women Chainmakers of Cradley Heath in the Black Country in 1910, downed their hammers and stood up for their right to earn a living wage.
Led by the founder of the National Federation of Women Workers, Mary Macarthur, their ten week strike successfully established the right to a minimum wage.
Council partners with Trade Unions to improve Health and Safety standards
City of Wolverhampton Council has signed an agreement to mark a new partnership with Trade Unions to encourage the importance of health and safety in the workplace.
In developing the agreement, the council recognises the benefits of having trained trade union safety representatives to promote good health and safety practice in the workplace, reduce injury and illness.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) research shows that workplaces with Trade Union safety reps have up to 50% less injuries than those without.
Adrian Turner, Unison Branch Secretary of the Unison City of Wolverhampton Branch said:
Trade union courses locally 2018
Union Reps Stage 1 10 x Mondays from Sept 2018 at Shrewsbury College & GMB Offices, Hanley, Stoke on Trent
Health & Safety Stage 1 ten weeks 9 am – 4 pm 10 x Tuesdays from Sept 2018 at Shrewsbury College & GMB Offices, Hanley, Stoke on Trent
Tuesday 1st May 2018 Wolverhampton Workers' Day - May Day
Wolverhampton Workers' Memorial Day
The next Wolverhampton Workers' memorial Day will be Sunday 28th April 2019
12.30pm at the Workers' Memorial Day Tree, Cenotaph, St Peters Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1TS
Don't lose your right to vote
register ready for the next elections
Fancy free entry to music festivals - volunteer 2018?
2018 festivals - The deadline for submitting your name to volunteer for these festivals was 18th May
Bus Pass - on tour
Celebrate the Bus - Help Keep the Bus Pass
April 2018 saw the tenth anniversary of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme, a long-fought–for benefit that brings financial, health and social benefits to older people and disabled people, helps keep bus services viable and reduces congestion and pollution.
But a bus pass is no use unless there are some buses. England saw 500 bus routes withdrawn or reduced in 2016/17. English councils have cut funding for buses by a third since 2010.
National Minimum Wage rates increase
- adult hourly rate of the national minimum wage 25 years+ is £7.83 from 1st April 2018
- adult hourly rate of the national minimum wage 21-24 years is £7.38 from 1st April 2018
- development rate (which covers workers aged 18-20 years) is £5.90 from 1st April 2018
- rate for 16 to 17-year-olds is £4.20/hour from 1st April 2018
- for apprentices under the age of 19 and those aged 19 and over in the first 12 months of their apprenticeship, the apprentice minimum wage rate is £3.70 per hour, from 1st April 2018