"The NHS will last as long as there are folk with the faith to fight for it" Nye Bevan, Founder of the NHS
On Saturday 4 March 2017 The People's Assembly is be teaming up with Health Campaigns Together to organise a major national demonstration in defence of our National Health Service.
Fancy free entry to music festivals - volunteer 2017?
Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council organises teams of local trade unionists to work on bars at music festivals to raise our funds for our campaigning work. Our volunteers have raised £36,000 over the last 18 summers at festivals at around sixty festivals; £1,000 was raised last summer.
2017 registration is now open. Deadline to apply 20 March 2017
Justice for the Shrewsbury 24 Pickets
Dudley TUC is proud to welcome TERRY RENSHAW from The Shrewsbury 24 Campaign
Tuesday 14th March 7pm for 7.30pm speech - all welcome
Lamp Tavern 116 High Street Dudley DY1 1QT
Heart Unions week
UNISON, UNITE, UCU and GMB members joined Wolverhampton & Bilston TUC's campaigning; six came out in the snow in Wednesfield and seven in the rain in Bilston to hand out out Valentine flowers and spread the trade union message as part of a national campaigning week.
Dying to Work campaign
The Midlands TUC's Dying to Work Campaign is being taken up nationally.
SUCCESS - Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council and Wolverhampton General UNISON branch called on Wolverhampton Council to sign up and incorporate the campaign's recommendations into it's employment practice. A report went Cabinet in February 2017 and this was agreed.
WOMEN AT WORK WEEK
Midlands TUC's 2017 Mary Macarthur lecture on
Friday 17 March 7pm at St Michael's School, Curral Rd, Rowley Regis. B65 9AN
Campaigning journalist Ros Wynne-Jones will be giving the lecture this year.
Ros writes the weekly 'Real Britain' column in the Daily Mirror each week, shining a light on the reality of poverty and austerity across the UK. The column is sponsored by Unite the Union and appears every Friday in the paper, Ros was the first national journalist to pick up the Midlands TUC's Dying to Work campaign.
2016 Annual Report & 2017 Plan of Action
Understanding Size Diversity and Size Awareness free course
Understanding Size Diversity and Size Awareness, personal responsibility or a diversity Issue?
A free course designed for Trade Union representatives, branch officers, activists and people who aspire to be!
now Friday 30th June and 7th July 2017 9am till 3 30pm
First Friday of every month. 8pm-12midnight, join the party !!
The Anti Austerity Club presents Funky Fridays at the Hole in the wall Shrewsbury.
Organised by the Shropshire and Telford Trade Union Council in a great venue, music and a welcoming friendly crowd, this is a not to missed night for everyone involved in the trade union and wider labour movement.
Trade union courses in Wolverhampton 2017
Union Reps Stage 1 10 x Mondays from April at Shrewsbury College & GMB Offices, Hanley, Stoke on Trent
Health & Safety Stage 1 ten weeks 9 am – 4 pm 10 x Tuesdays from April 2017 at Shrewsbury College & GMB Offices, Hanley,Stoke on Trent
courses will take place in Wolverhampton if sufficient demand
Funding for the academic year 2017/18 is still uncertain
Since 2001 Shrewsbury College Trade Union Studies has been proud to work with the Trade Union movement to delivery training to meet the changing needs of workplace representatives. You have responded by supporting us and working in solidarity to overcome the pressures of austerity Britain.
Courses are run fromJanuary, Apriland September each year
All representatives can benefit from training. Industrial relations, employment law and health and safety regulations are constantly changing. We need to be up to date. So please consider signing up today for one of our courses. Talk to other reps; raise the issue of training at the next branch or committee meeting. Let’s make sure that our members are represented by the best informed, knowledgeable and skilled reps possible. If we can do anything to support your branch/committee’s training, organising and campaigning please get in touch. Also, if your employer is consulting your union regarding apprenticeships we have experience in working with local unionised companies to ensure fair and good quality training for young and adult apprentices.
You can access our Facebook group by following this link http://www.facebook.com/groups/136286023183794/
All representatives can benefit from training. Industrial relations, employment law and health and safety regulations are constantly changing. We need to be up to date. So please consider signing up today for one of our courses.
Talk to other reps; raise the issue of training at the next branch or committee meeting. Let’s make sure that our members are represented by the best informed, most knowledgeable and skilled reps possible.
If we can do anything to support your branch/committee’s training, organising and campaigning please get in touch and thanks for your continued support. Please do all that you can to send your representatives on our courses.
UNION REPRESENTATIVES STAGE 1
10 x Mondays course
This course is for new union representatives and union representatives. It will assist you to develop the skills you need to be an effective rep.
This course will cover:
The job of the union rep
Building union membership
Making the union work
Using and making agreements
Grievance and discipline
Your rights and negotiating at work
Equal opportunities at work
Developing your skills and confidence
HEALTH & SAFETY REPRESENTATIVES STAGE 1
10 x Tuesdays course
The course focuses on four key areas:
The role and functions of a trade union health and safety representative
Organising for health and safety
Preventing accidents and ill health
Key skills for a trade union health and safety representative
an application form needs to be completed and signed by a branch official for any course.
These are available for all courses from Trade Union Studies at Shrewsbury College, London Road, Shrewsbury SY2 6PR
the union must be recognised by the employer for the purpose of collective bargaining
the training must be approved by your union or the TUC
the training must be relevant to your duties as a representative
if time off is unreasonably refused, or your employer does not pay you, then you can complain to an employment tribunal
Other TUC courses, will only take place in Wolverhampton if there is demand but they are available at Shrewsbury see below
for courses elsewhere logon to www.unionlearn.org.uk for details
HEALTH & SAFETY REPRESENTATIVES
STAGE 2 10 x Thursdays
The course will focus on further developing confidence, experience, knowledge and skills:
Identifying, preventing and controlling risks to build a safer and healthier workplace
Involving members more in health and safety issues and developing a collective approach to health and safety
Ensuring that an equal opportunities approach to health and safety at work is adopted
Finding out information about the law and using it more effectively
Keeping up to date on health and safety law and information
Getting things done and effecting changes in health and safety in the workplace
COMPUTER COURSES FOR TRADE UNION MEMBERS – FREE*
Progress from basic beginner’s course through to our advanced programme:
Introduction to in internet
SKILLS FOR LIFE – FREE*
Brush up on your maths or English skills
Gain a qualification
Improve your CV and employability
Help children with their homework
99% success rate so far
*Courses open to all trade union members, family and friends and are held at Shrewsbury College and the Construction Centre, Stafford Park, Telford and also in Wolverhampton if enough demand.
CERTIFICATE IN EMPLOYMENT LAW 10 Mondays
Employment law in the UK is changing. TUC Education has introduced a new Certificate course to enable union reps to prepare for these changes in the best way possible.
The new course is designed for union reps who have already completed the TUC Stage 1 Union Reps course or its union equivalent. It is a practical training course that approaches the law, including the 2013–14 changes, from a workplace perspective and its principal concern is how knowledge and confidence in using employment law can improve workplace bargaining. The course will develop your ability to use the law in representational, organising and collective bargaining situations.
Courses being run locally by the WEA finished. Mike Edwards of Shrewsbury TU Studies Centre, who spoke at our delegate meeting is attempting to re-establish a permanent TU studies centre in Wolverhampton/Black Country. Mike will be running TUC Shop Stewards and Health & Safety Reps courses here.
Attendance Allowance campaign
Campaign by Midlands TUC Pensioners Network - SUCCESS!
Right to strike under threat
The Tories have confirmed that their anti-union laws, incorporated in the Trade Union Act, including new undemocratic industrial action ballot thresholds will come into force on March 1st 2017.
The Wolverhampton Worker
This new archive provides a unique and interesting portrait of the lives and struggles of working class people in Wolverhampton in the lead up and into the First World War.
monthly newspaper of Wolverhampton Trades and Labour Council (now known as Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council), circulation 17,000.
Working class newspaper first published May 1913, ceased April 1915 due to First World War efforts.
Organising newspaper of trade union and housing campaigns and the fledgling local Labour Party and promoted the Womens' Labour League and Daily Citizen newspaper.
Action For Rail
Under the Tories, rail fares have risen by a third. Fares are rising three times faster than wages and West Midland commuters have been hit with price increases of up to £840 for their annual season tickets. Virgin Train’s Birmingham to London route has seen the fifth highest rise of any in the country over the period, going up 27% from £8,028 to £10,200.
videos of interviews of Rob Marris MP & Nick Kelleher Sec, Wolverhampton Bilston & District Trades Union Council
Long commutes in the West Midlands up by a quarter
The number of employees in the West Midlands with daily commutes of two hours or more has shot up by a quarter (25.6%) over the past five years, according to new analysis published by the TUC.