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
Rev. John Welsby a chaplain on West Midlands Buses from 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
Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign
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
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.
The annual Midlands TUC Chainmakers Festival, held in Cradley Heath High Street on Saturday 1st July, is the largest celebration in Britain of women's political history.
It re-enacts the struggle and celebrates the achievements and strugle of the trade union movement both then and now.
West Midlands Combined Authority
Elections for Mayor are on thurs 4 May 2017
Following recent developments a further briefing was held to keep trades union councils up to date with information on the TUC engagement with the WMCA on Saturday 25th March 2017, a report will be given at our next delegate meeting on 20 April.
Action For Rail
Thursday 30th March 2017 - 9 volunteers came out campaigning for RMT Save Our Guards. Wolverhampton TUC joined RMT involving UNISON, Unite, FBU and NUT members.
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 and signed with UNISON and Midlands TUC secretaries Adrian Turner and Lee Barron in April.
Midlands TUC Pensioners’ Network
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
Education cuts campaigning
Request from Kevin Courtney, General Secretary, National Union of Teachers to support campaign against education cuts
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
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 increased 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
5 May - 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.
Justice for the Shrewsbury 24 Pickets
Thursday 21st September - Shrewsbury 24 campaign speaker reporting on trhe long awaited outcome of the Criminal Case Reveview Commission.
organised by Wolverhampton TUC Civic centre Wolverhampton 7-15pm
The Campaign fights for justice for the wrongful prosecution of 24 building workers following their strike in 1972.
“We were not guilty of any crime... Any fair-minded person looking at the evidence would conclude there has been a miscarriage of justice.” Terry Renshaw
The Shrewsbury 24 were not guilty of conspiracy. They were the victims of one
TUC Midlands Region Annual Conference
AGM report 25 February 2017