21 May 2016, Derby - WB&DTUC delegate's report

 

Midlands TUC Regional Council

 

Less than 40 delegates attended.

 

USDAW, the shopworkers' union thanked trade unions for helping their successful campaign to prevent longer opening hours on Sundays. A 31-vote government defeat in parliament was recorded. 2016 is the 125th anniversary of USDAW and there is an exhibition in Dudley Archives currently.

 

PCS speaker from the Welsh National Museums two and a half year dispute over threatened pay reductions for weekend rates. Average wages of £15,000 yet the director general had a £27,000 taxi bill last year. They were on the third week of indefinite strike and the Welsh government is now involved. Collection was taken and donations from unions encouraged.

 

Plans for the 2nd July Chainmakers' festival were announced although no leaflets were available.

 

Speaker on the EU the TUC European officer segway safe for under EU rules on under Tories or Labour. She blamed Tata for the steel industry and TTIP on the Tories, not Europe.

 

The new Derby Council Jobs and Fair Employment cabinet member, explained how Derby had adopted the Employment Charter, agreeing to pay the Living Wage and freezing zero hours contract on new recruitment jobs. It's use had saved the council money. See https://www.tuc.org.uk/about-tuc/regions/derby-city-council-emploment-charter There was a dispute however with Derby's school support staff over single status.

 

UNISON put forward a People's Assembly motion supporting the national demonstration in Birmingham at the Tory conference on the 2nd of October under the banner: Austerity has failed.

 

The Midlands TUC's Dying to Work campaign has been adopted as a national TUC campaign and Sandwell was the first local authority to sign up.

 

A BMA speaker from the Junior Doctors dispute failed to attend.

 

 

next meeting - Saturday 15 October 2016 at CWU, Birmingham

 

N.Kelleher