West Midlands Combined Authority
Following recent developments a further briefing to keep trades union councils up to date with information on the TUC engagement with the WMCA.
TUC Meeting on the WMCA
Saturday 25th March 2017, 11.00am
Osborne Room, Unison West Midlands Regional Centre
Livery Street, Birmingham B3 2PA
Abortion is a Workplace Issue
Abortion is a Workplace Issue (by West Midlands UCU)
Saturday 25 March at 1:30pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute in Birmingham
Action For Rail
Thursday 30th March 2017
7-9am @ Wolverhampton railway station
Join the RMT & Wolverhampton TUC leafletting commuters as part of the Save Our Guards campaign
Wolverhampton Workers' Memorial Day
FRIDAY 28th April 2017 Wolverhampton Workers' Memorial Day
12.30pm at the Workers' Memorial Day Tree, Cenotaph, St Peters Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1TS
Jackie Marshall Prison Officers Association NEC - cuts in officer numbers = increase in attacks on prison officers
Roger Lawrence Wolverhampton Council Leader - Dying to Work
Rob Marris MP Wolverhampton South West
Nick Kelleher Secretary Wolverhampton TUC
Black Country Urban Industrial Mission Chaplain
+ wreath laying ceremony
The theme is Good health and safety for all workers whoever they are and will focus on inequalities in occupational health and the role unions play in narrowing the inequalities gap.
The TUC will particularly want to focus on the hidden and new "gig economies", the risks faced by migrant workers and the issues of gender and class.
Monday 1st May 2017 May Day Wolverhampton Workers' Day
annual May Day celebrations
Monday 1st May 2017 from 6-45pm
@Pegasus, Whitmore Reans WV6 0QQ
Headline Act: The Bricklin Delta Blues Band - blues with attitude
plus Tim Martin Black Country protest singer songwriter
+ Reckless bboy crew
One Love International reggae sound system
doors open 6-45pm bouncy castle, mehndi hand-painting, bar and stalls, later free food
+ Workers' Day speakers
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.
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.
Glastonbury and Latitude Deadline to apply passed
Allocations for Glastonbury and Latitude will be known on Friday 31st March.
Education cuts campaigning
Request from Kevin Courtney, General Secretary, National Union of Teachers to support campaign against education cuts
National Minimum Wage rates increase
- adult hourly rate of the national minimum wage 25 years+ is £7.20. From 1st April 2017, the hourly rate of the national minimum wage for those of 25 years and over only will increase to £7.50. It will rise again 1st April 2018.
- adult hourly rate of the national minimum wage 21-24 years is £6.95
- development rate (which covers workers aged 18-20 years) is £5.30
- rate for 16 to 17-year-olds is £4/hour
- 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 £3.40 per hour
- For those working aged 16-24, their rates are due a rise 1st October 2017
Trade union courses locally 2017
We had confirmation recently from the Skills Funding Agency that we will receive 50% funding for the TUC programme. After a very positive meeting with Shrewsbury Colleges’ senior management team, I can confirm that we are open for business. 50% funding is a cut on what we received last year so it’s important that we maintain viable classes. We cannot let the collective resource, capacity, knowledge and experience that is found in the college trade union studies disappear. Nothing can substitute for the classroom experience of representatives coming together and learning from each other, facilitated by a tutor. The message is ‘Use us or lose us’! Once we have gone there is no going back.
Thanks for your continued support, please do all that you can to send your representatives on our courses.
In solidarity Mike Edwards - Trade Union Studies
Union Reps Stage 1 10 x Mondays from 24 April 2017 at Shrewsbury College & GMB Offices, Hanley, Stoke on Trent
Health & Safety Stage 1 ten weeks 9 am – 4 pm 10 x Tuesdays from 25 April 2017 at Shrewsbury College & GMB Offices, Hanley,Stoke on Trent
courses will take place in Wolverhampton if sufficient demand
Midlands TUC Pensioners’ Network
report of meeting of 22nd March 2017 - due at WBDTUC 20th April delegate meeting
next meeting: 12th July 2017 – 12.30 for 1pm – at Unite, Pride Park, Derby.
+ Report to Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council of latest meeting
Midlands Region Trades Union Councils' Conference
Saturday, 13th May 2017
Unison West Midlands Regional Centre, Livery Street
Birmingham B3 2PA
Guest speakers include:
Steve Turner, Unite Assistant General Secretary
Louise Regan, President, NUT
TUC Women Chainmakers' Festival of Cradley Heath
- The iconic heart of the famous struggle where the Chainmakers worked, lived - and fought their successful ten week dispute to secure a minimum wage for their sector.
A family friendly street festival involving market stalls, fun fair rides, speeches, street theatre, music and debate, the 2017 festival promises to be a hugely successful and enjoyable day. The bigest annual celebration of women's history in Britain.
"The NHS will last as long as there are folk with the faith to fight for it" Nye Bevan, Founder of the NHS
Police and press estimated 250,000 marched on Saturday 4 March 2017 in defence of our National Health Service.
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.