WB&D TUC Delegate Meeting MINUTES Thursday 16th December 04

Attendance: Sister V Meachin Brothers: J Grant, N Kelleher, B Deacon, S Evans, W Juss, P Davis, D Ash, T Lowe, R Tinsley, D Cole (Chair),
1. Welcome to new delegates/visitors & Apologies: Brothers: K Purchase, N Brackenridge P Goalby, K Farmer, Sis. S Sagoo, M Taylor

2. Minutes of November delegate meeting agreed correct
matters arising:

3. December EC meeting was cancelled. Correspondence:

4. Reports:
a) Secretary - written report circulated.

TGWU - SAVE JAGUAR IN COVENTRY update

Other workplace reports (notify Chairperson at meeting)

West Midlands County Association of TUCs

New Wolverhampton Race Equality Agency conference report

Holocaust Memorial Day 2005

5. Resolutions - none

6.Speaker/discussion:
The Great Pensions Debate
Bro. Halestrap from Wolverhampton National Pensioners Convention will lead the discussion.
Government attacks on Civil Service pensions. The future of public service pensions. Private pension insecurity. Final salary or average earnings?


7. Any Other Business - none

WB&D TUC Delegate Meeting MINUTES Thursday 18th November 04

Attendance: Brothers: J Grant, N Kelleher, B Deacon, S Evans, W Juss, P Davis, D Ash, T Lowe, R Tinsley, D Cole (Chair), Sister V Meachin
1. Welcome to new delegates/visitors & Apologies: Brothers: K Purchase, N Brackenridge P Goalby, K Farmer, Sis. S Sagoo, M Taylor

2. Minutes of October delegate meeting agreed correct with following addition:
matters arising:
2.3.21 PSC model letter for MEPs. Sec to write to the two new Labour MEPs.
2.3.1 invite Wm. Cook strikers to AGM - unable to attend AGM but could attend future meeting £50 AGREED for Hardship Fund
2.3.2 Sec written to Bridgewater TUC re their help in gaining CWU affiliation - to write to CWU branch seeking affiliation
2.3.32 Secretary written to welcome Roger McKenzie and offered future invite
2.4e ALMO - ballot 40% turnout 80% in favour. £42million offered after ballot from government, not £287 stated by council. MPs' opposition to council criticised. UNISON defended their stance. Bro. Davis, whose job is due to be transferred to ALMO (1-4-05) reported that under TUPE there was no long term guarantee of terms and conditions. Pension to remain in Super-Annuation scheme but hours of work to increase.
2.5. Venezuela resolution sent to CATUC but clarification required on term "UNT" in motion - awaiting response still from Bro. Goodall. The threat of a CIA backed coup was reported again as a very real threat and continued support for Venezuelan trade unions was AGREED.

3. November EC meeting was cancelled. Correspondence:
3.1) CATUC re-affiliation request £32.50 AGREED
3.2) W'ton NPC re-affiliation request £6 AGREED
3.3) TU Friends of Palestine re-affiliation request £20 AGREED
3.4) TUC Women's conference 9-11 March 05 Scarborough - take observer nomination at AGM
3.5) TUC Employment Rights campaign event Walsall Football club 2nd Dec
3.6) TUC appeal for TUs in Iraq £50 donation agreed
3.7) TUC Transgender Rights in the Workplace education Wed 8 Dec 6.30pm B'ham free - details sent out
3.8) TUC report of how TUs improve H&S
3.9) NATFHE (University) 2004 affiliation
3.10) Rob Marris signed EDMs on TU rights in Zimbabwe & TU rights in Iraq. He attended Iraqi free TU meeting. Copy of letter to Foreign Secretary re UK training & military assistance to Colombian armed forces.
3.11) Wolverhampton Race Agency "Moving On" conference Sat 20 Nov
3.12) Palestine Solidarity Campaign mailing
3.13) B'ham TUC minutes & mailing
3.14) Workers Beer Co. invite to server debriefing London, Cardiff or Sheffield
3.15) PCS campaign/strike material
3.16) Fascist letter re Searchlight sent to our PO Box - copy info to Searchlight
3.17) Ken Purchase apologies for meeting
3.18) Newsletters (available at meeting and can be taken away): Justice for Columbia, TU Friends of Palestine, Searchlight, Voice of the Unions, Cuba Si, Unite Against Fascism, TUC Publications, Reclaim Our Rights, Liberty, Voices (Iraq)

sent
3.19) ALMO news release - covered in Morning Star
3.20) Council Leader re Holocaust Memorial Day 2005 - copy letter to Bishop
3.21) Response to email request from refugee
3.22) PSC £25 donation - letter of thanks received
3.23) PPFF £422-10 donation - letter of thanks received
3.24) Post Office £106 PO Box annual renewal
3.25) Request to MPs to sign EDM on Israel's arrest of Mr Vanunu (at request of WMCND)
3.26) Branch Secretaries - 2005 affiliation & WB&DTUC officer & nomination forms
3.27) TGWU DAF Electricians ET victory congratulations
3.28) May Day Committee organising notes - to WB&DTUC EC for comment
3.29) Bridgewater TUC re Wolverhampton CWU affiliation


4. Reports:
a) Secretary - written report circulated.
b) Treasurer - £1960 in account

c) CYWU national pay dispute - Sis. Taylor not present - latest details are on CYWU website

d) PCS - Fight to Save Civil Service Jobs & Services - Wolverhampton rally on 5th November national strike attended by WB&D TUC delegates and several local union branches were represented. 2 local PCS branches.

e) GMB - Landrover - Bro. Evans reported "Roadmap" changes agreed by workforce, but Ford playing plants off against each other. Not issue of quality, profit or sales - he believed that it was the same situation at Jaguar. Ford parent company linked to US economy. Works Councils route linking up with Volvo unions in Ford group could be worth trying. UK government not supporting industry as other European governments do.

f) GPMU - Europackaging dispute - Bro. Lowe reported that recognition won. 92 redundant, 74 appeals, 65 ET claims, unfair dismissal, sex and race discrimination and failure to consult. Strike called off, new negotiations. Consultation not real. Weaknesses in current TU laws highlighted by company use of agency staff. Government is currently looking into employment law issues. TU Committee re-established, courses and education being run. Use of multi-lingual leaflets, interpreters and involvement of families. Progress expected in January.

g) Midlands TUC - Bro. Kelleher gave report. Motion passed in support of trade union speakers in schools. Smoking at work issues discussed.

h) TUC Pensions Lobby - Bro. Lowe gave report - few young workers involved yet this is likely to be key trade union issue.

i) Palestine group - Bro. Deacon reported group at low ebb - help requested. Next meeting Thursday 6th January, Great Western pub, Sun Street. Discussion of President Arrafat's death. He was elected in 1996 with 70% of vote and won Nobel Peace Prize. Press reports were largely anti-Palestinian. 9 January elections face great difficulties: assassination of candidates by Israel, E Jerusalem voter registration stopped by Israel, travel restrictions, military occupation. Write to MPs and MEPs to put on political pressure and respect result.

j) Unions For Cuba conference report - Bro. Cole reported on conference. Largest contingent of Cuba trade unionists ever. Almost all British trade unions affiliated to campaign. Reported on massive gains of revolution despite 45 years of illegal US blockade Latest UN vote: 179 for Cuba, 4 against - USA, US Marshall Islands, Palau & Israel. Teacher ratio 20:1 primary, 15:1 secondary, (30:1 UK). Change in education system comes from bottom up. New methods being pioneered. System best in world. Join CSC. Go to Cuba.
Bro. Cole very willing to attend branches to speak on Cuba - has Power Point presentation.

5. Resolutions - none

6.Speaker: TGWU - SAVE JAGUAR IN COVENTRY - written report from Amicus no.7 Coventry. Call for support for demo 27th November. Wolverhampton jobs linked to Coventry plant.

7. Any Other Business - none

WB&D TUC Delegate Meeting MINUTES Thursday 21st October 04

Attendance: Brothers: J Grant, N Kelleher, B Deacon, G Baynham, S Evans, A Turner, A Goodall, M Sahota, K Purchase, R Marris, D Turner, Sister: M Taylor, T Morgan
1. Welcome to new delegates/visitors & Apologies: Brothers: N Brackenridge P Goalby, R Tinsley, K Farmer, Sis. S Sagoo, GMB sister

2. Minutes of September delegate meeting agreed correct with following addition:
6. speakers expenses paid. Movement For Justice £45 donation (including £20 donated at meeting)
matters arising:
2.3.21 PSC model letter for MEPs - Bro. Deacon has redrafted response. Sec to write to the two new Labour MEPs. Others not responding to PSC letters.
3.1 invite Wm.Cook strikers to AGM
3.2 Sec to write to CWU branch seeking affiliation
3.14 CSC conference report on next agenda Bro.Cole & ask Sis.Morgan
3.23 Secretary to write and welcome Roger McKenzie and offer future invite
3.27 Cuba quiz made money but poor attendance
5. Venezuela resolution sent to CATUC but clarification required on term "UNT" in motion - ask Bro.Goodall

3.Correspondence
3.1) Midlands TUC - new regional Sec Roger McKenzie news release-
3.2) Material for 20 Nov demo, Lambeth - themes anti racism and for the reinstatement of a shop steward who won his job back at tribunal - circulated. Bro.Sahota reported that a UNISON minibus was due to be hired and that places are available. Contact him on 554004
3.3) £844.20 Workers Beer Co. - Leeds festival - half to MStar
3.4) Unite Against fascism re ESF
3.5) Pensioners TU Assoc. request support for EDM 1625
3.6) TUC - Mon 8 Nov Future of H&S Commission conference, London £25 fee
3.7) TUC - seeking info on Trades Councils' H&S initiatives
3.8) Hazards 2005 sponsorship appeal
3.9) Low Pay Unit - seminar & AGM Wed 20 Oct, Coventry daytime
3.10) MStar invoice for notice of Kamaljit's death - paid from WBCo. Money
3.11) B'ham TUC minutes & mailing - Secretary job vacant
3.12) Midlands TUC Womens committee - Domestic Violence a workplace issue Thurs 25th Nov daytime, free lunch, Jennie Lee Centre, Wolverhampton - details on website
3.13) CATUC re-affiliation request £30
3.14) Bro.Barnsby, copy of correspondence sent re Blair
3.15) Euro safety week 18-24 October
3.16) ACTSA AGM Sat 6 Nov, London
3.17) CSC Unions for Cuba conference London 6 Nov
3.18) United Campaign to Repeal anti TU laws - national rally Sat 13 Nov 04, Conway Hall, London, briefing from John Hendy - put on website
3.19) NUJournalists seeking support for BBC petition circulated at meeting - details on website
3.20) Socialist Health Assoc. "Is the NHS free at point of delivery?" 10-12-30pm Sat 30th Oct Oldbury
3.21) Liberty - ID cards pamphlet
3.22) Lighthouse invite to West Indian cultural performance Living Under One Roof 6.45pm for 7.30pm Wed 3 Nov
3.23) Dennis Turner MP & Ken Purchase voted for Civil Partnership Bill 2nd Reading
3.24) Trainline account offer and discount until January
3.25) TGWU DAF Electricians ET victory press cuttings - put info on website - send letter
3.26) London Joint Sites Committee Channel Tunnel workers in dispute - no mention of which unions involved
3.27) PSC mailing - copies available
3.28) Request from refugee by email - polite refusal to be sent
3.29) Bro.Halestrap W'ton NPC Annual Report AGREED re-affiliation £6
3.30) Remembrance Day invite
3.31) Newsletters (available at meeting and can be taken away): ACTSA, Searchlight, Voice of the Unions, Reclaim Our Rights, Liberty, Voices (Iraq), Abortion Rights,

WB&DTUC minutes October 21st 2004 continued.....
Correspondence sent
3.32) Condolences of Kamaljit's death from WB&DTUC & Banner Theatre sent to family
3.33) £25 PSC donation
3.34) Bro.Juss expenses paid for TUC Black Workers conference

4. Reports:
a) Secretary. Bro.Kamaljit Singh's death was reported (night of last trades council). Condolences to family, card was sent and notice in Morning Star.
b) Treasurer approx £2k in account
c) CYWU national pay dispute - Sis.Taylor reported that ACAS were involved and that negotiations with employers were taking place over the next month to resolve the 03/04 pay rise.
d) GMB - Landrover - Bro.Evans reported that 67% had voted to accept the 18-point Road Map introducing more flexible working conditions. Ford is playing plants off against each other and wanting to reduce numbers of shop stewards and safety reps. They sold off 600 driver jobs to an agency and want 12% productivity increase.
e) Defend Wolverhampton Council Housing - UNISON delegates reported that ballot began today after announcement to union day before. MPs said Government had written to council stating that no money had been allocated to any Wolverhampton ALMO. UNISON had written to councillors urging them to respect labour conference decision for a moratorium on ALMOs. AGREED SECRETARY TO DO NEWS RELEASE.

f) Midlands TUC LGBT Network - Bro.Deacon gave report. Regional TUC Education courses being run on new legislation.
g) Palestine group - leaflet on latest activity was circulated.
h) European Social Forum - no report
i) Venezuela Solidarity Campaign - Bro.Goodall reported on recent referendum victory for President Chavez. Need for support for trade unions. CIA sponsored coup a possibility if Bush wins.

5. Resolution- UNISON General - ALEX OLOWADE - MOVEMENT FOR JUSTICE

WB&D TUC congratulates the Movement for Justice for building a movement of workers and community which has been demonstrating over the last three years the capacity we collectively have to win actual changes and deal a blow to institutional racism.
Following the unlawful sacking of UNISON steward Alex Olowade - accused of gross misconduct for campaigning against racism in the workplace - thousands have taken a stand, circulated petitions, and last year compelled Lambeth Council to hold an historic public inquiry into institutional racism and the degrading effect on services.
At the heart of this campaign is the assertion of the right to name racism and speak out; making equality and statements a reality.
The ability of collective action to win change has been expressed through the Public Inquiry and a ground breaking victory at the Employment Tribunal, including the rare order for reinstatement of Alex Olowade.
WB&D TUC welcomes the decision of the Employment Tribunal to order the re-instatement of Alex Olowade, UNISON Shop Steward and leading member of the Movement for Justice.
WB&D TUC believes that this decision is significant for the whole union since the tribunal found that:
i) The principal reason for Alex Olowade's dismissal was trades union activity.
ii) The dismissal amounted to victimisation in breach of the Race Relations Act
WB&D TUC therefore agrees to:
a) Write to Lambeth Council calling on them to re-instate Alex Olowade
(subject first to seeking up to date information and advice from Lambeth Branch)
b) Publicise & support the demonstration called by the Movement for Justice in Lambeth 20 November.

6.Speaker: PCS speaker was ill so Bro.Kelleher gave report received from PCS Regional Office on their campaign to save 104,000 jobs and their strike on November 5th.

7. Any Other Business - none

WB&D TUC Delegate Meeting MINUTES Thursday 16th Septemer 04

Attendance: Brothers: J Grant, K Purchase, N Kelleher, D Cole, B Deacon, C Stoll, A Owolade Sister: M Taylor, A Bright
1. Welcome to new delegates/visitors & Apologies: Brothers: G Baynham, S Evans, W Juss, R Marris, D Turner, K Farmer, D Ash, Sis. S Sagoo

2. Minutes of July delegate meeting agreed correct, matters arising:
2.3.21 PSC model letter for MEPs partially redrafted before writing TO NEW MEPs. Bro.Deacon to check it.
2.3.1 Bro. Deacon LGBT conference report - expenses paid
2.6 The future of council housing in Wolverhampton. Defend Council Housing newspapers to be purchased for distribution to branches. WB&D TUC will assist with any local trade union campaigns organised to defend council housing. 6 Nov Council putting pullout in Ex & Star. UNISON has started being invited to tenants' groups. Report at next delegate meeting.

3. Executive Committee Report 9-10-04, matters arising:
3.1) Wm. Cook week 172 newsletter - put on website - AGM invite?
3.2) Bridgewater TUC - copy of letter To CWU Gen. Sec requesting affiliations to us. - Secretary to write
3.3) Coventry TUC Cuba day Sat 18 Sept - put on website
3.4) Sunderland TUC re civil service low pay campaign - written letter to MPs - copy to be sent to Bro. Hart CATUC
3.5) Midlands TUC Sexual orientation/belief Regs 2003 seminars 18th B'ham & 25th Sept Nottingham - free
3.6) TUC Transgender equality advice notes - link or copy to website
3.7)
3.8) ACTSA AGM Sat 6 Nov, London
3.9)
3.10)
3.11) Euro safety week 18-24 October
3.12) United Campaign to Repeal anti TU laws - national rally Sat 13 Nov 04, Conway Hall, London - put on website
3.13) Unite Against Fascism offer of literature and request for donation.
3.14) CSC Unions for Cuba conference London 6th Nov - Bro. Cole will report to November delegate meeting
3.15)
3.16) B'ham Unite Against Fascism rally with Billy Hayes Gen. Sec. CWU , 7.30pm Wed 6th Oct Carrs Lane Church centre B'ham - put on website
3.17)
3.18)
3.19) Midlands TUC LGTB network report 22-7-04 - Bro.Deacon
3.20) Venezuelasolidarity.org.uk - website launch and seeking support.
3.21)
3.22)
3.23) Midlands TUC - re Christine Wood retirement - new regional Sec Roger McKenzie 1st October - send welcome letter and future invite
3.24)
3.25)
3.26)
3.27) W'ton Cuba Solidarity Quiz Sat 2 October 7.30pm Newhampton
3.28) Appeal from sacked Wembley workers was received the day after dispute was won. Letter did not come from any TU though.

4. Reports:
a) Secretary - written report circulated. Details of Kamaljit Singh's illness was reported. He is in QE hospital. Card to be sent.
b) Treasurer - no report
c) workplace reports - Landrover - Bro.Evans sent apologies
CYWU pay campaign - 1st national strike - Oct 1st ruling expected from ACAS
d) Palestine group - next meeting Mon 20th Sept. Alliance & Leicester has unexpectedly closed the national PSC bank account. Has changed to Co-op. Bro. Purchase to write to treasury. AGREED £25 donation to help cover expenses.
e) European Social Forum - garden party had been held but no outcomes had been communicated to Secretary.
f) corporate killing law is no.1 priority for TU Group of Labour MPs

5. Resolutions- UNISON General - Venezuela Solidarity Agreed, send to CATUC
WBDTUC recognises that a social revolution is happening in Venezuela. Since the election of Chavez in 1998, as head of the popular coalition of political parties and community groups, massive social progress has been made.

WBDTUC further recognises:

1) The government has faced an illegal coup, condemned by the world except America that was overthrown after 2 days, by massive popular uprising.
2) Massive oil and economic sabotage by the opposition billionaire media and business owners costing $10 billions.
3) Massive media lies and distortions including forgery. The daily paper Tal Cual printed a front-page photo-shopped image of him waving a revolver around, under the headline, "A Nation at Gunpoint." In the original picture, Chavez was, in fact, holding a rose.
4) Massive Racism in media, including called everything from a "monkey" (due to his mixed race).
5) Fascist terrorists have been brought in by elements of the opposition to attempt a military takeover and impose fascism.

However, despite these illegal and undemocratic attacks, WBDTUC, applauds the progressive developments which include:

1) The govt. Employing 10,000's of both Cuban and Venezuelan doctors to provide free health care for the poorest 80%, for the first time ever.
2) Workers establishing fully democratic and independent trade unions, under the UNT, who have expressed support for the Constitution.
3) Started a massive house-building project aimed at ridding the existence of the slums that millions live in.
4) Eliminated illiteracy
5) Outlawed all discrimination
6) Massive investments in developing universal free health and education.
7) Redistributed land

In addition, the overwhelming ratification of his Presidency in a 2004 referendum, demonstrates the massive support for the reforms.

This TUC therefore resolves to:

1) Express its solidarity to the trade unionists of the UNT.
2) Support the Venezuelan people in their effort to extend social and economic freedom
3) Support and promote Solidarity campaigns within Britain that support the popular reforms.
4) Encourage solidarity activities to be co-ordinated via the newly established Venezuela Solidarity Campaign at www.venezuelasolidarity.org.uk.

 

6.Speakers: Antonia Bright (Movement For Justice and Alex Owolade, sacked Lambeth UNISON steward on SUCCESSFUL LOCAL CAMPAIGNING. Details of 20 Nov demo to be circulated. Expenses paid & £25 donation

7. Any Other Business - CSC seeking help at Lighthouse for stalls during showings of Che Motorcycle diaries

 

WB&D TUC Delegate Meeting MINUTES Thursday 15th July 04

Attendance: Brothers: A Turner, G Baynham, W Juss, N Kelleher, B Deacon, C Smith, G Dodd Sisters: M Taylor, S Sagoo
1. Welcome to new delegates/visitors & Apologies: Brothers: J Grant, K Purchase, R Marris, D Cole, D Ash, P Kalinauekas

2. Minutes of June delegate meeting agreed correct, matters arising: all items actioned by Secretary. Guantanamo Human Rights Commission not available to speak - invite to future meeting if prisoners not released.
2.3.21 PSC model letter for MEPs needs redrafting before WRITE TO NEW MEPs. Bro.Deacon to supply Secretary with correspondence from Michael Cashman MEP.
2.3.22 Birmingham TUC no news of new club although they have been looking at premises. Operating from their Unemployed Workers' Centre in Sparkbrook.
2.4c Bro.Baynham (Amicus) updated on threatened redundancies at Alvis-Vickers, Telford 375 workforce, 262 redundancies were announced for January, prior to expected take-over bids for company. 100 have taken redundancy but now the company has halted further redundancies and there will be a take-over on August 9th.

3. EC was canceled, Correspondence:
3.1) TUC - Trades union councils directory (passed to Bro.Deacon) & 04/05 Programme of Work (to be put on website)
3.2) Rob Marris MP signed EDM 1316 - protection for workers of bankrupt companies also EDM 1265 - support for firefighters
3.3) Ken Purchase MP Dept.W&P letter re assistance for workers whose pension schemes are wound up by employers. Secretary to write enquiring where rest of money is coming from.
3.4) Birmingham TUC mailing - FETE De l'HUMANITE trip 9-13 Sept £170 tel:0121 643 8668 now
3.5) Coventry TUC mailing
3.6) W'ton Cuba Solidarity Quiz Sat 2 October 7.30pm Newhampton
3.7) CSC Unions for Cuba conference London 6 Nov. - take to September meeting
3.8) Bro. Deacon LGBT conference report - expenses to be paid still
3.9) W'ton City Council City Centre action plan - Bro.Baynham to look at and comment if appropriate by 6 Aug.
3.10) ISTC Hall Palm - only response to Secretary's letter re PSC group - passed to group
3.11) RMT lobby Parliament 20 July - for a publicly owned railway - put info on website, write to MPs then contact RMT, TSSA & ASLEF branches to see what can be done next.
3.12) TUC regional shop stewards courses Sept-Dec - details available from Secretary.
3.13) Newsletters (available at meeting): Cuba Solidarity, Walsall WEA H&S, Searchlight, Voice of the Unions, Abortion Rights
3.14) WB&D TUC History sold @£2
Sent
3.15) WBC invoice for Glastonbury £890
3.16) Unite Against Fascism £105 invoice for unsent merchandise
3.17) Liberty re-affiliation £21 & questionnaire
3.18) Voice of the Unions re-affiliation £7.60
3.19) Birmingham TUC printing bill £22.32
3.20) Midlands TUC Directory - re address listed wrongly

4. Reports:
a) Secretary - written report circulated. Call for branches to attempt to recruit workers for music festivals for our teams.
b) Treasurer - not present
c) Fire Brigades Union - no delegates present
d) Other reports - Bro.Juss reported a GMB coach to Tolpuddle as well as possible Coventry coach.
e) Palestine group - poor attendances lately. Public meeting planned for late September. PSC/CSC garden party went well but low attendance and bad weather meant not much money raised.
f) TUC LGB&T conference report - Bro.Deacon circulated written report. He spoke to the report highlighting pensions issues and training courses on new sexual orientation and religion legislation that are available via Midlands TUC. He had been only Trades Union Council observer at conference again.
g) Institutional Racism in Wolverhampton Council - report not circulated as not been checked legally yet. Put on September agenda. Brief discussion ensued, it was argued that new equality regulations were being ignored by the council already. There seemed little real seriousness to the council's actions and recruitment was now a problem for the council. It was agreed to hold a meeting of the anti-racist sub-Committee to discuss post-election follow-up work.

5. Resolutions - none received

6. Speaker/discussion: Bro.Turner, Branch Secretary UNISON General spoke on The future of council housing in Wolverhampton. Defend Council Housing & Council newspapers were distributed.
Main points arising:
• two days after a Parliamentary lobby Feb 03, New Labour took no notice and announced 3 options:
1. sell off all council houses
2. use PFI to "raise" money
3. transfer council housing workforce to an Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) - 700-900 workers in Wolverhampton UNISON & UCATT - the preferred option of Wolverhampton Council.
• A fourth option of direct council investment is being campaigned for.
• A ballot for tenants has been won but timing and wording unknown.
• Council newspaper headline stated £287million available. Paper gave no mention or reference to it. It is unknown whether any cash whatsoever will be forthcoming if an ALMO is forced through. MPs TO BE ASKED.
• Terms and conditions would be attacked.
• Council would technically own but in effect have no control over the housing stock.
• ALMO management committees will have only a third councillors but they will not represent the council only themselves and would legally have to operate "in the best interests of the company".
• Trade unions will not have financial backing for a campaign similar to that the council is already running.
• WB&D TUC will assist with any local trade union campaigns organised to defend council housing.

7. Any Other Business - none

 

WB&D TUC Delegate Meeting MINUTES Thursday 17th June 04

Attendance: Brothers: A Turner, G Baynham, C Stoll, A Goodall, W Juss, K Farmer, N Kelleher, J Grant, K Purchase
1. Welcome to new delegates/visitors & Apologies: Sisters: M Taylor, Brother B Deacon, D Turner
2. Minutes of May delegate meeting agreed correct, matters arising:
2.2.3.10 Cuba Solidarity Quiz night was booked for same evening as TUC delegate meeting
2.2.3.23 Secretary to contact Unite Against Fascism to return £105 sent for merchandise not supplied
2.2.5h) Sec to write to branches for financial support for May Day
2.3.2. Amicus/GMB/TGWU Fight for Manufacturing demo B'ham 22nd May - banner and several delegates attended
2.3.3 W'ton City Co.invite to WB&DTUC President to the Annual Council Meeting 6pm Wed. 23rd June, Wulfrun Hall - President & Secretary not available - details to Treasurer.

3. EC was cancelled due to election, Correspondence:
3.1) W'ton City Council city Centre action plan
3.2) Midlands TUC Directory - address listed wrongly - Sec to write re security
3.3) TUC - Pensions demo Sat 19th June, London - details of NUT coach circulated
3.4) Request to support fair Olympics Oxfam campaign
3.5) Midlands TUC Overcoming Barriers to Employment seminar MONDAY 24th May, Derby
3.6) Regional T&G office - affiliation fee of TGWU 5/748
3.7) Pensioners TU Action Assoc. mailing
3.8) Winston Churchill Travelling fellowship grant application
3.9) Voice of the Unions re-affiliation request £7.60 AGREED
3.10) Liberty questionnaire & re-affiliation request £21 AGREED
3.11) WB&D TUC 2004 registration with TUC confirmation
3.12) W'ton City Council - new Race Equality Agency put on hold
3.13) Bro.Deacon - copy of response from council to investigation of complaint into denial of facility time for LGB&T TUC conference - NOTED
3.14) W'ton CSC/PSC Garden party 10th July
3.15) TGWU 6/1400/7 branch - DAF Electricians receipt for donation
3.16) Working Class Movement Library £25 donation receipt
3.17) Diaspora music festival free 26/7 June & 3/4 July London
3.18) Guantanamo Human Rights Commission - request for support - INVITE SPEAKER
3.19) Troops Out delegation details Aug04
3.20) PSC/Israeli Committee Against House Demolition - B'ham public meeting Fri. 25th June
3.21) PSC model letter for MEPs - WRITE TO NEW MEPs
3.22) Birmingham TUC - Bread & Roses closed, investigation started, workers' terms agreed
3.23) Newsletters: Colombia, Liberty, Cuba Solidarity, Walsall WEA H&S, Searchlight, Voice of the Unions, BTUC & other TUC newsletters - distributed at meeting
3.24) Sent: Torbay TUC support for declaration of Int. campaign against Occupation of Iraq & for Labour Rights

4. Reports:
a) Secretary - written report circulated - Secretary to find out result of TGWU DAF Electricians' E.T.
b) Treasurer reported funds healthy
c) Bro.Baynham (Amicus) reported on threatened redundancies at Alvis-Vickers, Telford 375 workforce, 262 redundancies announced for January, prior to expected take-over bids for company. Expected to have large knock-on for sub-contractors in Wolverhampton and Bilston.
d) Anti-racist sub-committee - introduction and discussion on local and European election results. No fascists stood in Wolverhampton and they lost their 3 Black Country seats but gained one and were defeated elsewhere. However in the EU election the BNP got 7.1% of the vote in Wolverhampton, so there is no room for complacency. Stoke was the worst area with 15%.
5. Resolutions - none received
6. Speakers from GPMU Europackaging Ltd. dispute in Sparkbrook did not arrive. Secretary gave a brief report on the dispute that had been settled in the last few days defeating some of management proposals. Further problems may arise as further attempts are made to export jobs.
7. Discussion on the power relation of racism in the workplace. National Minimum Wage laws are still being flouted. In some factories, different racial groups predominate in different sections or shifts and so the workforce becomes racially separated and so mix less. Reports were given from the health service and local government of black workers being disproportionately disciplined. It was reported that the local high-tech manufacturing industries are almost entirely a white workforce.
8. Any Other Business - none

WB&D TUC Delegate Meeting MINUTES Thursday 20th May 04

Attendance: Sisters: M Taylor, P Welch Brothers: D Ash, N Kelleher, J Grant, R Tinsley, S Acheson plus 3 other TGWU pickets
1. Welcome to new delegates/visitors & Apologies: Sisters: S Sagoo Brother B Deacon, R Marris, P Goalby, A Millington, K Purchase

2. Minutes of April delegate meeting agreed correct, matters arising:
2.3.10 Cuba Solidarity Quiz night was booked for same evening as TUC delegate meeting
2.3.23 Secretary contacted Unite Against Fascism who said would send the £105 worth of merchandise ordered
2.5h) Sec to write to GMB B'ham for support for May Day

1. EC was cancelled, Correspondence:
3.1) GMB B'ham general affiliation - receipt sent
3.2) Amicus/GMB/TGWU posters for Fight for Manufacturing demo Birmingham 11am Sat 22nd May - distributed and delegates urged to attend
3.3) W'ton City Co.invite to WB&DTUC President to the Annual Council Meeting 6pm Wed. 23rd June, Wulfrun Hall - President not available - details to Secretary.
3.4) CYWU Quiz night - Newhampton 7.30pm £2.50 Friday 28th May
3.5) TUC LGBT conference - Bro.Deacon's name submitted
3.6) TUC - Pensions demo Sat 19th June, London
3.7) United Campaign for repeal of Anti-TU Laws AGM Sat 12 June, London
3.8) Midlands TUC Overcoming Barriers to Employment seminar MONDAY 24th May, Derby 10am-1pm
3.9) W.Mids REC - document detailing history of British fascism & responses to it.
3.10) Seeds for Change - Oxford collective - free help with workshops - could utilise in future
3.11) Voices mailing - campaign against Occupation of Iraq
3.12) Torbay TUC request to support International campaign against Occupation of Iraq and for Labour Rights in Iraq and report of delegation - agreed to add WB&D TUC name
3.13) Birmingham TUC mailing, anti BNP rally Fri. 21st May Birmingham 7.30pm
3.14) Coventry TUC mailing
3.15) Fraternal Greetings for 10th May Day from the 3 MPs
3.16) £100 donation receipt and week 158 newsletter - Wm. Cook strikers - put on website
3.17) Wolverhampton National Pensioners' Convention report of work and their "manifesto" - copies available from WB&DTUC Secretary
3.18) Sinn Fein NI Assembly Member John O'Dowd - letter of thanks re May Day
3.19) Rev. Ian Houghton new job, thanks for links with trades council.
3.20) Unite Against Fascism - national Day of Action Sunday 6th June
3.21) Searchlight - Hope Not Hate broadsheets now available - 1.25million printed
3.22) CSC AGM, London Sat 5th June
3.23) Wolverhampton Unemployment "Claimant Count" March 2004 decreased by 152 to 6,513 over. The current rate of unemployment for the Borough is 6.4%, West Midlands County 5.9%, nationally 2.5%.
3.24) Newsletters (available at meeting): ACTSA, Cuba Solidarity, Walsall WEA H&S, Searchlight, Voice of the Unions
Sent
3.25) WB&D TUC registration with TUC 2004
3.26) TGWU 6/1400/7 branch - DAF Electricians dispute details - invite
3.27) TUCJCC ballot paper - voting for Jim Cessford
3.28) Working Class Movement Library £25 donation
3.29) Birmingham TUC printing WMDay & anti-fascism £61.75
3.30) ACTSA AIDS petition
3.31) 2nd invoice for affiliation TGWU 5/748 to Regional T&G office
3.32) Palestine Solidarity £25 affiliation, £75 donation
3.33) WMDay wreath invoices Rob Marris, UNISON, FBU - all paid
3.34) anti-BNP LGBT leaflet and Punjabi anti-BNP leaflet artwork produced

4. Reports:
a) Secretary - reprint of anti-fascist leaflets requested from the Bishop for churches. Anti-fascist leafletting in Dudley Gornal ward requested of us by Black Country Unite Against Fascism
b) CYWU- Sis. Taylor - strike successful, 2 offices closed, WB&D TUC banner present. Nationally, concessions won new ballot and 3.3% rise.
c) Fire Brigades Union report from Bro.Tinsley. After last year's strike pay rises agreed 4% then 7% Nov 03, 4.2% July04. Only 3.5% was paid last November. Audit Commission saying that modernisation was on track. Dispute emanating from Manchester due to Chief Fire Officer's bully tactics. Action in support of claim taken this week at Wolverhampton, Willenall, Bloxwich and Aldridge but not Bilston. Any information from FBU will be put on our website.
d) Euro Packaging - GPMU - information circulated, invite to next meeting. Agreed £100 if financial support sought. Send letter of support.
5. Resolutions - none received

6. Four speakers from TGWU 6/1400/7 branch, Manchester. Picket 1 year and 1 day old. Employers paying trade union dues seems widespread in industry. Construction the most dangerous industry. Young unskilled workers were being brought in to do skilled electrical work.
Tribunals June 7-11th. Secretary to write to Tony Woodley expressing our support for the strikers and to our affiliated branches seeking support. £100 donation, £90 train travel agreed.

7. AOB - none

WB&D TUC Delegate Meeting MINUTES Thursday 15th April 04


Attendance: Sisters: H Aujla, Brothers: A Turner, , N Kelleher, G Baynham, W Juss, J Grant, B Deacon(in the Chair), C Stoll, R Chumba, A Doyle.

1. Welcome to new delegates/visitors & Apologies: Sisters: S Sagoo M Taylor Brother: D Ash

2. Minutes of March delegate meeting, matters arising:
2.3.4 Wm. Cooks - LETTER OF SUPPORT & £100 sent
3.3.6 facility time for Bro.Deacon - await instruction after complaint

3. Correspondence
3.1) Wolverhampton Race Equality Agency draft report by consultants - noted
3.2) TGWU 6/1400/7 branch - DAF Electricians dispute details - 48th week - Sec to invite to future delegate meeting as speakers
3.3) TUC Organising against racism & fascism handbook - spare copy available
3.4) Birmingham TUC mailing, miners' event 6.30 Mon. 19th April, Bread & Roses
3.5) Bishop of Wolverhampton - anti-BNP church literature and leaflet copy
3.6) TUC - anti BNP rally 21 May Birmingham 7.30pm
3.7) Wolverhampton Unemployment "Claimant Count" Feb 2004 increased by 230 to 6,665 current rate of unemployment for Borough 6.5%. West Midlands 6% national rate 2.6%
3.8) TUCJCC ballot paper - agreed vote for J.Cessford
3.9) Working Class Movement Library appeal for funds - £25 agreed
3.10) Wolverhampton Cuba Solidarity affiliation agreed renewal £25, list of merchandise, next meeting Thurs 29th April. Cuba Quiz (Thurs 20 May - same night as WB&DTUC delegate meeting)
3.11) Cuba Solidarity AGM London June 5
3.12) ACTSA AIDS petition - circulated and names collected
3.13) TUC Tolpuddle weekend 16-18 July leaflets and youth camp 11-18 July
3.14) Birmingham TUC mailing - May Day 1st May 4pm-8pm Bread & Roses
3.15) Coventry TUC mailing
3.16) Bro.Marris signed EDM on Cuban science
3.17) Liberty AGM 24 April, London
3.18) N.Staffs Miners' Wives letter of thanks for our support & donation
3.19) Birmingham TUC invoice for printing WMDay & anti-fascism £61.75 1600xA4, 150xA3
3.20) Newsletters (available at meeting): ACTSA, Liberty, Walsall WEA H&S, Voice of the Unions, TU Friends of Searchlight,
Sent
3.21) Re-affiliation requests to unaffiliated TU branches
3.22) Invoice for affiliation TGWU 5/748
3.23) Materials from Unite Against Fascism £105
3.24) £100 cheque for Wm.Cooks strikers and letter of support
3.25) receipt to Amicus Bilston
3.26) Walsall WEA, BCUIM, Hazards - Workers Memorial Day leaflets & details
3.27) Workers Beer Company teams for Homelands (12 people) and Glastonbury (22 people recruited)

4. No EC nominations received

5. Reports:
a) Secretary - written report circulated. WMDay, May Day, asylum facts & myths posters, anti-BNP posters, anti-BNP leaflets with quotes from Bishop & nurse - all produced and distributed at meeting. Anti-Le Pen demo 25 April
b) Treasurer - none
c) CYWU national strike - new strike dates due
d) W.Mids CATUC - planning for TUCs` conference & rally
f) Workers Memorial Day 28th April St Peters Sq. 12.30pm any TU branches who want a wreath send £20 to Secretary who will arrange if you require
g) Anti-Racist Sub-Committee - Will need people available on Thurs pm 13th May for declaration of candidates. - nominations of fascists need to be checked. Leafleting 2nd May Sandwell & Walsall. Stewards requested for April 19th Tipton meeting.
h) May Day - 1st May - Sinn Fein speaker 12 -4pm Victoria pub entry via Craddock St. Begging letters to TUs sent. Send to GMB B'ham.
i) Stop the War group - next meeting 19th April
j) Palestine group - national demo next meeting 6 May. Demo Sat. May 15th local transport being organised, contact Bro.Deacon. Agreed subsidy for transport. Agreed to circulate branches with material from group
k) Women's TUC conference report - Sis.Sagoo provided a written report
l) Midlands TUC LGBT - Bro.Deacon provided a written report.

6. Any Other Business - Sis.Aujla last meeting - going to Canada.

WB&D TUC Delegate Meeting
MINUTES Thursday 18th March 04


Attendance: Sisters: M Taylor (in the Chair), H Aujla, Brothers: A Turner, P Kalinauekas, R Tinsley, J Grant, B Deacon, P Davis, D Ash, R Marris, K Purchase, D Cole, P Sanchez, H Linder

1. Welcome to new delegates/visitors & Apologies:
Sister: S Sagoo Brothers: N Kelleher, D Turner, G Baynham, P Goalby

2. Minutes of February delegate meeting, matters arising:
2.3.4 Wm. Cooks - remedy meeting was unsuccessful. The appeal will go to Employment Tribunal. Dispute's 4th year begins in April. LETTER OF SUPPORT & £100 still to be sent
2.6 asylum leaflet - Secretary has drafted - circulated to EC for comment

3. WB&D TUC Executive Committee Report (11-03-04) matters arising:
3.1) Wm.Cooks strike latest - has been put on website
3.2) WB&D TUC affiliations 2004 ISTC (Hall Palm) NULMW (2003&2004) UNISON Healthcare
3.3)
3.4)
3.5) Searchlight - www.stopthebnp.com new website launch
3.6) UNISON General re denial of facility time for Bro.Deacon for LGBT conference - write to Roger Lawrence, after checking with Bro.Deacon pointing out usefulness of TUC conferences eg DV policy proposed to council
3.7)
3.8) Pensioners & Trade Union Action Association - demo Leicester Saturday 24th April - agreed to publicise and take banner if interest, Secretary has contacted Des Halestrap
3.9)
3.10) Wolverhampton Council - Race Equality Organisation - meeting invite 29th March 6pm Studio 5, Newhampton Arts Centre. Need delegate. Also consultation report and launch conference Wednesday 26th May Dunstall Race Course 9.30-4pm 554015 200 places only
3.11)
3.12) Wolverhampton Unemployment "Claimant Count" Jan 2004 increased by 417 to 6,435 current rate of unemployment for Borough 6.3%. West Midlands 6% national rate 2.6%
3.13)
3.14) Peace & Progress Guantanamo prisoners meeting B'ham Co. House March 31st

4. No EC nominations received

5. Reports:
c) CYWU national strike - Sis.Taylor gave report from CYWU executive. Strike was suspended after some concessions but further dates are planned from 26th March
d) FBU - W.Mids Fire Authority lobby 22nd March over Steve Godward - support requested
e) NATFHE Leicester - strike suspended on 1st march pending negotiations. Bro. Deacon to check with Sis. Welch on NATFHE national action.
g) Anti-Racist Sub-Committee - next meeting Thurs 25th March. Secretary spoke at SWCLP General Council meeting on anti-fascist work.
h) Regional TUC - Valerie Broom stood down as Chair, motions opposing BNP were passed unanimously with a workshop following.
i) Stop the War group - national demo 1st anniversary of war Sat. March 20th no local coach organised. STW members going by train 9.19am
j) Palestine group - Queens Square 27th March, next activity on "wall". Next meeting 1st April Blakenhall Community Centre
k) Womens TUC conference report - Sis.Sagoo will report at the next meeting

6. Speaker: Pablo Sanchez (NUJ) from Hands Off Venezuela campaign. Reported on US attempts to destabalise and formation of UNT trade union, which is looking for assistance from British unions. English language leaflets were requested from the campaign, £25 expenses and £25 donation agreed.

7. Any Other Business - Bro.Purchase proposed a discussion on TU support for Labour in the June 10th elections - this was agreed . Further discussion on council house stock. Councillors not connecting with tenants and local campaigns.

WB&D TUC Delegate Meeting
MINUTES Thursday 19th February 04


Attendance: Sisters: M Taylor (in the Chair), H Aujla, S Logan (Leicester NATFHE) & another sister
Brothers: N Kelleher, R Tinsley, J Grant, P Goalby, G Dodd, B Deacon, P Davis, K Farmer, D Ash, G Baynham, S Evans, R Marris, A Weaver, T Jones, I Mitchell, R Thomas (UNISON Health Leicester)

1. Welcome to new delegates/visitors & Apologies:
Sisters: S Sagoo, P Welch Brothers: P Kalinauekas, W Juss, N Brackenridge, D Joynson

2. Minutes of December delegate meeting
2.2a Motion "meetings involving lay members should be organised outside works time" was sent via W.Mids.CATUC to Midlands TUC but has not appeared on their agenda.
2.2.3.8 NUJ asked us to assist in demo at Stourbridge/Dudley News but it was called off day before.
2.3.4 Wm. Cooks - remedy meeting was unsuccessful. The appeal will go to Employment Tribunal. Dispute is 3 years long in April. LETTER OF SUPPORT & £100 AGREED

3. WB&D TUC Executive Committee Report (12-02-04) matters arising:
3.3 Midlands TUC LGB&T report from Bro. Deacon - circulated to branch secretaries & available at delegate meeting
3.4a Rob Marris has signed Early Day Motion (EDM) on Sylvia Pankhurst statue - Secretary written to Dennis Turner MP & Ken Purchase MP to sign (Sylvia Pankhurst Committee have contacted us - Lords refused siting of statue)
3.4b Bro. Marris spoke on the EDM on US Raids on Iraqi trade unions. The need for free trade unions in Iraq is vital. He encouraged local unions to assist where possible. It was reported that Bro. Sourani was due for a heart operation. BEST WISHES WERE CONVEYED BY DELEGATES.
3.4d Bro. Marris also signed EDM on Gangmasters prior to the Morecambe tragedy
3.5 Re-affiliations AGREED: TUCND £12, ACTSA £35, Abortion Rights £25, TU Friends of Searchlight £35, W.Mids Low Pay Unit £20, and W.MIDS CND £5
3.6 Midlands TUC: a) Monday 15th March daytime Bescott stadium "Fighting Racism through the ballot box" conference
3.6b International Women's Day event B'ham now 8th MAY - has been put on our website
3.7a AGREED affiliate to Unite Against Fascism, £20
3.11 Trinity Training Services - request for speaker raised with delegates
3.12 Birmingham TUC - Sat 6th March Women's reception 5-7pm & 7pm+ Cuba night Bread & Roses
3.14 All magazines & newsletters received, were circulated to delegates
3.21 Electoral Reform Society analysis of Burnley BNP results - Bro.Deacon to analyse.
3.22 BCUIM lunchtime talk-programme and invite to Bishop speaking on budget day 17th March on "Work and the Economy"
3.23 Wolverhampton Cuba Solidarity AGM Thurs 26th Feb Newhampton pub - Agreed re-affiliation
3.24 Hazards H&S conference 2004 16-18 July delegate form available
3.26 Wolverhampton Unemployment "Claimant Count" Dec 2003 down by 6 to 6,018 current rate of unemployment for Borough 5.9%. West Midlands 5.7%. national rate 2.4%

4. Elections:
Vice-President - Paul Kalinauekas Amicus 0758, nominated by Amicus Craft - ELECTED

5. Reports:
a) Secretary's written report was circulated. Verbal report of successful Holocaust Memorial Day. Workers for festivals needed this summer. We have been reliant on same people for last couple of seasons.

b) CYWU national strike update - 87% support for industrial action in national ballot for pay rise and opposing reduction in JNC qualifications for youth workers. Pickets planned March 5th Wolverhampton & Bilston. WB&DTUC banner to be taken. Need support on pickets as 1st strike for many. Info on our website. Will also text out info.

c) FBU - Steve Godward victory update - his final appeal at the Deputy PM's office was successful. No response on re-instatement from WM Fire Service - they appear to be questioning John Prescott's authority. There is now a threat of strike ballot since FBU Conference agreed to back sacked strikers. The Fire Authority refused the W.Mids CATUC nomination of Bro.Godward - appeal is awaited. Bro.Kelleher has passed on latest info to W.Mids CATUC.

d) GMB Landrover - Bro.Evans gave a report from the Stewards' Committee. Dispute running since October - parity sought with Jaguar workers. 6.5% over 2 years and joint statement rejected by 82%. Told final offer, 70% voted for overtime ban and withdrawal of flexi-work. Management refused to negotiate so 7,000 workers went out on two 1-day strikes.
Today's ballot received a 65% acceptance of a revised management offer. Problems are expected in the future.

e) NATFHE Leicester - a NATFHE striker and UNISON colleague came from Leicester to report on the 3 weeks of all out strike. Sis.Logan compared similar attempts to implement working practice agreements at her college to those reported at Landrover. New contracts were being issued to new starters and through restructures. 120 had been out together on pickets out of 180 strikers. Resisting attempts to suspend strikes before any negotiations. CWU is refusing to cross picket.
Mon. 23rd Day of Action. £100 AGREED and info to be circulated and put on website.

f) Stop the War group - national demo 20th march AGREED to book coach if enough interest.

g) Palestine group - AGREED send £100 to PSC as proceeds of last summer's garden party.

6. Speaker: ALAN WEAVER, MIDLANDS TUC ON THE UNITE AGAINST FASCISM CAMPAIGN & TUC is heavily involved, uniting groups under a broad umbrella, many activities will be in London.
Anti-BNP leafleting in Sandwell announced.
Conference in B'ham 3rd April, details not fully available yet. May 21st TUC rally B'ham.
Campaigning activity discussed. Need CRE Statement of Commitment for elections.
Ex-BNP national Chair now Freedom Party leader, chaired meeting at Ounsdale School recently. Labour, Lib Dem., Tories, Greens & Socialist Party believed to have shared platform.
BNP published election campaign for Walsall.
East Midlands now reliant on immigrant labour in low paid jobs, as in 50s & 60s.
Bro.Davis to supply Secretary with recent BNP leaflet received.
Racist letters are repeatedly appearing in the Ex&Star and need to be countered. Bigots are jamming radio phone-ins.
Need leaflet on asylum myths. Need to involve quickly "recruits" from HMDay.
Need to set date for anti-racist sub-committee

7. Any Other Business - none