WOLVERHAMPTON, BILSTON + DISTRICT TRADES UNION COUNCIL

MINUTES of Delegate MEETING 15th December 2011

1 Welcome & Introductions
Present: Sis: Elson & son (PCS) Taylor (CYWU/Unite) Lele (Iranian sister)
Bros: Purchase & Marris (Unite 5/836), Rahimi (UNITE 0758), Kelleher, Turner, Deacon, Everall, (Unison General), J.Grant (UCU), Sohan (Iranian brother)

Apologies: Sis: Sebastian, Petford (Unite) Kelsey CWU) Halfpenny(NUT), Ceresa, Brearley (Unison) Bro: S.Grant (NUT), Thomas (Community), Halestrap(UCU), Cole(NUT) Childs(CWU), Fraser(Unison General), Juss (GMB), Johnston (TUC)

2 Minutes of last meeting agreed, no matters arising

3 Executive Committee Report - no decisions could be taken as inquorate
Correspondence actioned:
a) 2012 Affiliations from Community 17000, NUT, UNITE 5/998, CWU(W.Mids)
b) Responses from McFadden & Reynolds MPs re our request for support for strike – reply to EReynolds
c) Cuba solidarity £40 re-affiliation request agreed
d) Hazards 2012 sponsorship appeal £25 agreed
e) TUC – how to organise a demo was received a couple of days before event! Had done all it suggested. – CIRCULATE TO BRANCH SECRETARIES
f) new model rules for Trades Union Councils
g) reply from Cashman MEP re Mode 4
h) spent: £225 on 12,000 flyers (in 2 orders, could have saved money if had been ordered at same time – UNISON paid part), £150 Dhol players, £4,200 on four half page Ex&Star adverts in lead up to Nov30 plus full page Chronicle advert. £1150 donated so far
To send
a) Thanks letters re organising of demo & stewards – NK
b) Any response to Invoice to Workers Beer Company re low allocation of workers to trade union councils; also invoices for Glastonbury (£214.50) and Leeds (£999.37)? half is sent each year to Morning Star. – JG
c) Approach UCU College re screening of Sylvia Pankhurst film. – NK, Bro.Dwight
Sent
a) Letter to Ex&Star re pensions – published 29-11-11
b) News release re Nov 30th
c) TUC Development Grant application £300 for pensions rally/demo
d) 2012 WB&DTUC affiliation forms sent to affiliated unions plus to additional unions UCATT, GMB, UNISON Health & 8 small regional branches, UNITE Banks, TSSA, FDA. Musicians’ union, Need contact for NAPO
e) TUC - trades union councils audit
f) Abortion Rights re-affiliation £40
g) Civic room bookings 2012 confirmed
h) Anti-EDL pamphlets

 

4 NOVEMBER 30th Pensions strike Wolverhampton

2,000 people, the biggest rally and demonstration in Wolverhampton in living memory.
A testament to the work of the unions involved in the trades union council. This trades union council has shown once again that the power of a collective is greater than it’s constituent parts. Turnout was over three times our predicted size based on our June 30th strike and rally. Nine speakers delivered sharp addresses to the crowd which almost completely surrounded them.

Public work pre-Nov30 - Leafleting of public took place before in Bilston High St, Wednesfield High St, and twice at railway & bus stations. 10,000 rally leaflets distributed, plus several thousand TUC and other union leaflets.
Two UNISON branches put on a Banner Theatre production and stall was run there.
Over 500 strike placards were put up by about 16 stewards on Nov 29th at all schools and council workplaces around Wolverhampton & Bilston.

Express & Star adverts agreed to be placed on behalf of the unions; four half page ads in each day before and up to Nov 30th, plus full page Chronicle ad. Adverts spelt out link between private and public sector pensions and the need for decent pensions for all.
Cost of adverts proved expensive though price was negotiated down from over £7k to £4k – the unprecedented turnout does not show this was necessarily a mistake. Smaller adverts booked further in advance may work in future.
£4,200 spent; donations received from: NUT, UCU (College), UCU(University), UNISON(University) and UNISON (General) who have underwritten the cost
with PCS(West Mercia), UCATT & WB&DTUC pending.
Still seeking funds from branches to cover costs.

We were contacted by the police and council officials to enter into negotiations.
The Army marched on the same day in Wolverhampton and so our initial plans were rejected and the rally point and march route were not what we had wanted. The Army's march got no TV coverage and no media mention until the following day, as we eclipsed it. The civic piazza where we have smaller events before is out of bounds as we were told any more than 300 people there risks collapse into the car park below. It worked well in the end. We will need to inform the police of future events it seems from TUC guidance received just before the demo.

Risk assessments and route planning was a useful exercise to undertake. Council waste lots of time sending people who say nothing to the Safety Advisory Group meetings we had to attend.
Stewards’ briefings proved essential due to size of rally.
Thanks to PCS who provided all stewards.
It made big difference having stewards who knew each other and worked well together.

Press releases worked getting radio interviews on Radio Wolf News all day on 30th including a follow-up interview, Beacon Radio and Radio WM who broadcast live from the picket lines in Wolverhampton. Central TV showed a little of the demo too. A local UNISON steward was also featured in the Daily Mirror and one of our PCS delegates made C4.

Letters to Express & Star and other press. Some letters were sent and published but it is unclear whether this was co-ordinated by branches. Maybe letter writing sessions at the end of meetings might provide better results than mere general requests to members.

Portable PA system which we borrowed proved barely adequate due to unpredicted size of rally. I’ve spoken to our May day DJs who have outdoor equipment used at Carnivals which could be used if we hire a small generator in future.

400 somosas were provided at the rally by UNISON which went in a matter of minutes which shows the size of the crowd, given most never even saw one!

Our website got a huge increase in traffic in the run up to Nov 30th. The Pensions Justice page was viewed 1800 times. We also advertised free on TUC Pension Justice website, Midlands TUC blog, UNISON General site, Skiddle and Best of Wolverhampton sites. See videos of rally on www.wolvestuc.org.uk unless you work for council as they blocked access!

Facebook event was set up 50 responded as attending about 150 failed to respond, maybe not regular users of Facebook? Lots of discussion afterwards though and sharing of photos and the videos on our site were from supporters we’d not come across, one of whom made contact via Facebook.
Emails were sent out to 140 people on our lists.

Unaffiliated branches – very good contact was made with UCATT, who are expected to affiliate. Info was sent to GMB, UNITE, NAPO, NAHT, UNISON Health and several regional UNISON branches covering the area – their members participated but no response came back from those branches. All branches have been contacted re affiliation to us.

Midlands TUC assigned organisers in each area to co-ordinate activity on November 30th. Our Trades Union Council had already held meetings with local union secretaries and made all arrangements. 2 of the 6 listed organisers were our delegates whom we worked with throughout. 3 others never responded to any contact including GMB and UNITE. We kept the TUC’s designated lead informed of our activities. They provided the Pensions Justice banner used at the front of the demo.

Other outcomes:
• £300 agreed to be donated to UNISON towards adverts
• Request Risk Assessment for Piazza outside Civic
• Letter of thanks to PCS & Thompsons
• Complain to regional TUC re lack of support from two of five of regional leads for Wolverhampton for Nov 30th.
Union FTOs who were paid that day have been asked to donate a day’s pay to union funds.
Bro. Turner: Key to success was that all unions sat down together and agreed plan and worked together – all public sector unions should continue joint industrial action.
Bro. Purchase said people all stood up in Beaties café to watch the march which was the best he could remember; elsewhere shoppers had also applauded. Millions have no pension at all, need to campaign for private sector. We need next dates for industrial action.

5 Delegates Workplace Reports
PCS held walkouts last week over sickness monitoring as part of industrial action campaign.
CYWU – Youth service – cabinet report on youth service in February.
UNISON expects threats to remaining older people’s homes and possible attacks on national terms and conditions.
WMCATUC – MT now Chair, D Jewell is Secretary. Our Chainmakers motion deadlines for action were amended and delayed due to delay in process to be put to Regional TUC

6 Speaker Rob Johnston (TUC) unable to attend due to illness will book for future

7 Secretary’s Report
Bookings for 1st May to be followed up. Meeting to be arranged in new year
NK & MT had attended Trades Union Councils’ Peoples Charter conference in Derby 10th Dec. Not very inspired. We should use the Peoples Charter as a basis for The Alternative in our future leaflets.

8 Palestine Solidarity
Fund raising activity – 10th December.
Lobby of parliament 23rd November, W’ton MPs were lobbied.
5 Jan meeting at Great Western. National AGM 21 Jan - report to follow.
28 Jan 10.30-12.30 Morrisons leafleting. Have had hassle from police last time

 9 AOB Bro.Rahimi provided seasonal refreshments as thanks to delegates for their support.

 

 

WOLVERHAMPTON, BILSTON + DISTRICT TRADES UNION COUNCIL

 

MINUTES of Delegate MEETING  17th November 2011

 

1

Welcome & Introductions

Present:  Sis: Taylor (CYWU/Unite)  Halfpenny (NUT)

Bros:Kelleher, Turner, Deacon, Everall, Fraser (Unison General),Rahimi, Dodd, Purchase (Unite), S.Grant (NUT), Woodstock (PCS), Juss (GMB), Childs (CWU), J.Grant (UCU)

 

Apologies:  Sis: Sebastian, Petford (Unite)  Elson, (PCS)  Kelsey (CWU)  Ceresa, Brearley (Unison)  Gibson (TUC Pension lead) Bro: Halestrap, Dwight (UCU)  Marris (Unite) Cole (NUT)  Bechler (ATL)

 

 

2

Minutes of last meeting

 

Bro.J.Grant (UCU) – present. Bro.S.Grant (NUT) – apologies. Agreed correct.

Matters Arising:

Rob Marris will speak at Wolverhampton rally from NUT.  Delegates need to sign up to event on Facebook on November 30th.

New contact for FDA – First Division Association.

Executive meeting not quorate.  NK and MT due to go on 10th December Trades Council meeting Derby, for using Peoples Charter. 

 

 

3

Executive Committee Report

 

a)  Anti EDL pamphlets were sent out to Council, Police and Wolverhampton Together.

b)  TUC - Doing audit but not sending monthly reports.

c)  Next meeting of WMATUC 3rd December so motion regarding Chainmakers will be late to arrive at next meeting which is 22nd November.

d)  WMCATUC affiliation 2012 – need to do as in rules.

e)  Agreed re-affiliation to Abortion Rights - £40.

g)  Census non-register in court protest against Lockhead Martin – arms dealer.  Should support effort to bring wider audience.  Need to vote that this is an important campaign in civil rights.  Report noted.  KP moved that help given if needed.

 

 

4

November 30th Strike Action

 

27 Unions nationally including 2 balloting in Northern Ireland.  Biggest strike since 1926.  Most unions have come out with 80% support.  Information has been sent to branch contacts of striking unions.  Report presented.

The police approached Trades Council regarding our demonstration, our rally due to be on North St outside Civic although troops returning from Afghanistan on same day.  This has limited march and demonstration.  Discussion about using Dhol band more in Queens Square.

Thanks to Nick and Adrian for liaising with police and council officials etc.

The numbers that will demonstrate are unknown, estimated 600, four times June 30th.  Organisation on slogans for rally.  Various routes and extension of routes was discussed as it is limited by the forces march.  Risks assessments were discussed.  Stewards briefing will be done.

Could something happen in Queens Square prior to rally?  Several delegates agreed to this so about 10am in Queens Square.

Activity and public stalls, leafleting on Saturday 26th November.

10.30 – 12.30am– Bilston

10.30 – 12.30am– Wednesfield

Leaflets available for rally.  Own union leaflets for store plus 100 or so of the general November 30th leaflets.

7.30am – 28 & 29th November.  Railway, Bus station leafleting.

Placards to be placed on buildings that are closed.  Presence needed at North East Academy.  Bro. Kelleher needs details of where picket lines will be.

Adverts for Express and Star  4 - ½ page adverts on 26/28/29/30th November.  Final one will not mention rally.  Including 3 articles is a good idea.  Need to mention Private as well as Public pensions.

There has been an apparent lack of support from our local Labour MPs.

Photographs needed for website.  Need to plan what comes after 30th November strike action.  Need private sector to be involved next time.

We need a Publicity Officer.  Unions to include mention of rally in their press release.  Local radio also discussed.  Need to keep each other appraised of the situation.

 

 

5

WolverhamptonAgainst Cuts

No report

 

 

6

Delegates Workplace Reports

Consultation of closure of Police stations at night.  Budget meeting regarding savings at City Council is forth coming.  Money from reserves will be spent.  More section 188 notices.

Savings on Youth Services to be “run” by voluntary sector. Lobby in February.

 

 

7

MidlandsTUC Report

Meeting was little over ½ hour long.  Bro. Kelleher asked why Chainmakers’ and March for Alternative publicity so late.  Public leafleting in Derby Town Centre, 5000 distributed.

 

 

8

Secretary’s Report

Thank you card to K. Purchase from Bro. Rahimi after receiving compensation from the Home Office.  Bro Rahimi will provide the beer for the Christmas celebrations.

£50 May Day cheque from Unite 5/836 located. Bookings for 1st May to be followed up.

 

 

9

PalestineSolidarity

Fund raising activity – 10th December.  Lobby of parliament 23rd November.

 

 

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AOB

None

 

 

 

 

 


WOLVERHAMPTON, BILSTON + DISTRICT TRADES UNION COUNCIL

MINUTES of 20th October 2011 Delegate meeting

 

1

Welcome & Introductions

Present:  Sis. Taylor (NUT), Kelsey (CWU)

Bro. Kelleher, Fraser, Deacon, (UNISON Gen)  Rahimi (UNITE 0758M)  J Grant (NUT)  Marris (UNITE 5/836) Smith (Thompsons), Sourani (UNITE)

Apologies:  Sis. Halfpenny (NUT), Elson (PCS), Sharkey, Ceresa (UNISON Gen), Petford, Sebastian (UNITE 0758M), 

Bro.  Juss (GMB), Thomas (Community),  Turner & Marriott (UNISON Gen)  S.Grant (UCU), Brackenridge (FBU), Cole (NUT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACTION BY:

 

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Minutes of last meeting agreed correct

Matters arising:

FOI request re Chief Exec pay as election agent

List of local tenants groups to be sought

Sylvia Pankhurst film, chase up

Not applied for TUC grant

National Express 50% concessionary fare scheme withdrawn for older people. Write to MPs.

To send Anti-EDL pamphlets

 

 

 

 

BC

RM

PW

NK

 

NK

NK

 

3

 

Executive Committee Report

  1. Bob Crow - Invite to trades union councils’ Peoples Charter conference Derby – Saturday 10 Dec 1-3pm
  2. Palestine Solidarity TU conference Sat 29 October –POSTPONED TO JAN 2012
  3. Written to WMCATUC re inquorate meeting held with just two delegates yet they passed a motion to Midlands TUC AGM next year. Response received was that it was held anyway.  Secretary instructed to write stronger formal letter.
  4. Invited new TUC Midlands secretary to speak Nov or Dec no reply yet - email
  5. Future speakers suggested: Youth Council – chair Hannah Scrogg, Wolverhampton Law Society re legal Aid cuts, a GP re NHS changes
  6. 2012 Affiliation letter to be sent - contacts from Chainmakers to be followed up: Cheryl Pidgeon – UCATT, Musicians’ union, GMB

 

MT

NK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NK

 

4

 

Wolverhampton Against Cuts – new banner unveiled. 

Stall to be run from 7.30pm November 11th @Fight the Cuts show booked by UNISON @ Arena Theatre ring 554095 for tickets

Discussion of trade union response to council cuts – no proposals to come from unions for cuts involving workers or conditions only assets. The Art Gallery has Warhol, Lichtenstein, Lowry & Turner etc

 

 

MT

NK

MJ

 

5

November 30th strike  agreed action:

Joint union meeting held 18-10-11, all unions invited.  PCS, UNISONx2, NUT, UCUx2, WB&DTUC attended. UCATT’s ballot is taking place. No contacts for FDA and NAHT.

 

Wolverhampton rally and demo agreed for November 30th:

  • after morning picketing, assemble outside civic centre 11am

Short speeches - speakers from local leaders of striking unions from about 11.15 to 11.30am

Short demo around town from civic, past university, along Princess St, down Queen St past Ex & Star, towards bus station and return for about 15 minutes for speeches - use sheltered area by steps for rally if raining – until about midday.

  • Seek legal observers from Thompsons to assist on our demo.
  • Book Azaad Dhol players for demo and march
  • Invite Ken Purchase, Rob Marris to speak too
  • Need better PA system (non-mains) than WB&DTUC’s megaphone
  • Do unions have supplies of whistles?
  • Leaflet advertising W’ton strike rally – also use for pickets on strike day

 

Discussion of whether to take part in regional demo in Birmingham. Agreed unlikely many people would want to travel to Birmingham in cold weather; also problems with venue for demo and rally in Birmingham due to German market. Likely to be afternoon event now so should be time to travel across too. Priority is our own local demo.

 

Where will main picket lines be held by each union? – details to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and circulated amongst unions and on www.wolvestuc.org.uk

 

Agreed a joint exemption policy – if work Xmas day normally then maybe exempt, but all have right to strike         

 

Simultaneous TU stalls on Saturday 26th November 10.30am til 12.30

 on Bilston High St AND Wednesfield High St

  • Use union leaflets for public & use a letter/petition for MPs/councillors to engage public
  • Railway/Bus station – 7.30am Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th (& Wed 30th?)

 

Tuesday 29th November - meet on/outside civic centre outside car park

 Stewards/activists meet at 5pm and 6.30pm to put up strike placards on workplace gates in readiness for morning in places where picket lines not needed.

 

Unions organising members’ meetings on pensions should invite speakers from other striking union branches to show to members the broader nature of dispute.

 

Unions to do own press releases for: stalls, meetings & November 30th and circulate to unions via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. WB&DTUC has no Publicity Officer at present – on agenda next meeting

 

Agreed to place adverts in Express & Star prior to Nov 30th once all unions have successful ballot results (after 3 Nov). Four half pages cost £3,000 seek funding from individual branches. UNISON Gen placed similar adverts already this month.  Use all union logos under banner of WB&DTUC – to agree content between unions, advertise rally.

Encourage members to write letters to editor using own personal examples of low pensions.

 

set up Facebook event and make others admin so they can invite other people

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NKelleher

SGrant

KFraser
NKellehe

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Need lead for each stall
 
 
Stewards & activists
 
 
 
 
All branch secretaries
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All branch secretaries
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NK/ATurner
 
 
 

 

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Delegates Workplace Reports

CWU input into EU Commissionon future of Royal Mail. Privatisation will be hard with complex pension scheme

CYWU Youth Service £½million cuts from £3million budget and privatisation threatened

NUT lobby of Parliament next week

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

Secretary’s Report

Anti-EDL demo Birmingham noon Saturday 29 Oct

Chainmakers to be discussed at Midlands TUC EC 22nd November

Midlands TUC meeting cut to half hour to be followed by publicity stunt in Derby.

Write letter of complaint re curtailment of democratic process; not against additional publicity work.

 

 

 

 

8

 

Resolution, from EC:  Chainmakers

 

We are disappointed that difficulties with organisation, as well as the change of venue, contributed to the very low turnout for the historic Chainmakers’ Festival held this year in Cradley Heath on 17 September, and we regret that most of the publicity and the tickets were only available only a few days before the event, resulting in these materials not being circulated nearly as widely or as promptly as in previous years, and therefore we urge Regional TUC to:

  1. announce before 15 December 2011 a date and venue for the 2012 Festival; and
  2. to ensure that publicity materials are circulated to affiliates and other interested parties before 1 February 2012; and
  3. to lobby hard, especially urban West Midlands municipal council representatives on the Board of the Black Country Museum, for that venue to be made available for the 2012 Festival; and
  4. if the Black Country Museum is not to be the 2012 venue, then to make entry free

passed unanimously- to be sent to West Midlands County Assoc. of TUCouncils

 

 

 

 

9

 

May Day Committee

No other meeting held. All £1800 now raised covering full 2011 costs, £200 so far for 2012, initial budget £1400. Artists bookings to be followed up

 

 

 

 

BPetford

SSebastian

10

 Palestine Solidarity – local newsletter distributed

 

 

 

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Speaker: Agency Workers Regulations

Rob Smith,Thompsons Solicitors’ Employment Rights Manager delivered excellent address on the implementation of the Agency Workers Regulations which came into effect this month; and provided documents specifically produced for our meeting.

Day 1 rights: collective facilities, information on permanent jobs @ hirer’s expense.

After 12weeks continuous in same role for hirer (sickness and annual leave put qualification period on hold): same pay, hours, annual leave but not; sick, maternity or redundancy pay, nor pension, nor time off for trade union activity.

If worker is re-engaged within 6 weeks then it counts as continuous work

Some employers by-passing Regulations by creating in-house agencies e.g. Sandwell Council & Post Office.

If a detriment suffered, worker should ask agency to explain difference within 28 days else ask hirer then approach Employment Tribunal. It is a statutory right to make these requests.

 

 

 

 

 


WOLVERHAMPTON, BILSTON + DISTRICT TRADES UNION COUNCIL

 

MINUTES of Delegate meeting     15th September 2011

 

1

Welcome & Introductions

Present:  Sis. Sharkey UNISON)  Halfpenny (NUT)

Bro. Kelleher, Everall, Deacon, Turner (UNISON Gen)  Rahimi (UNITE 0758M)  Grant (NUT)  Juss (GMB)  J.Grant (UCU)

 

Apologies:  Sis. Taylor (NUT), Elson (PCS), Ceresa (UNISON Gen), Petford (UNITE),  Kelsey (CWU)

Bro.  Bostock & Clarke (POA), Juss (GMB), Thomas (Community), Marris & Purchase (UNITE 5/836) 

 

In the absence of Chair & Vice Chair it was agreed Bro. J Grant would chair meeting.

 

 

 

2

 

Minutes of last meeting agreed correct

Matters arising:

FOI request re Chief Exec pay as election agent

List of local tenants groups to be sought

Emma Reynolds will not support Morning Star on BBC despite 100 MPs supporting it.

Campaign against anti TU laws.  Speaker from Thompson’s regarding agency workers.  Will try to publicise this.

PSC £50 sent off

Not applied for TUC grant

Sylvia Pankhurst film, chase up

Mode 4 letter to Euro MPs circulated – need to send

 

 

 

BC

RM

 

 

NK

 

NK

PW

NK

 

 

3

 

Executive Committee Report

No meeting but list of correspondence

Web links re job advets done

Donation to Burston strike school rally £25

a)  22/9/11 Shropshire UNISON demonstration against pay deductions.

New branch officials taking decisive action.

GMB in Shropshire have agreed to 5% cuts.  Threat of UNISON losing facilities time.  Letters of solidarity to branch needed.  All allowances for non standard hours of work being cut, this affects lowest paid.  This would end national bargaining.

Letter of support and email.

e)  Re affiliation to Shrewsbury 24 – agreed.

f)  Justice for Columbia want affiliation of £60 but agreed donation of £25

w)  Chain makers – discussion about lateness and lack of publicity.  Need to have a committee to pull it all together.  Black Country Museum let off too lightly. (not booked for TU meetings).  Through our unions motions about continuation of Chain makers.  To be raised at Regional Executive.

x)  Adverts for Chain makers and B’ham march placed in Morning Star @£8.

 

 

JG

 

 

 

 

 

 

NK

 

MH

 

4

 

Wolverhampton Against Cuts

Picnic – only 5 turned up.  No Trade Union stalls in Summer, nothing much happened. New banner has beenordered.

 


 

 

5

 

Delegates Workplace Reports

Lobby of Parliament – 26th October 2011 by teacher unions.  1 teacher from every school in Country down to London to lobby MPs and demonstrate outside Parliament.  Ask every teacher to donate £1 to travel fund.  Need to contact NASUWT to liaise across Black Country.  Unions need meaningful consultation.  Final warning to Government. Will give Bro. Kelleher more details.

UNISON – continuing issues with Wolverhampton LA regarding budget cuts.  £65ml over 4 years.  Further section 188 notices and redundancies.  Single status, job evaluation, privatisation.

Pensions – no details on local government scheme announced yet.  UNISON coach booked October 2nd 2011 to Manchester – Wolverhampton & Dudley NUT – Falkland Street 9:30am.  (Tory conference).  Banner Theatre booked for Arena Theatre November 11th 2011

 

SG

 

 

 

6

 

Midlands TUC Report

Rob Johnson is the new Regional TUC Secretary from UNISON.  Sending letter of congratulations and request to attend meetings.

 

 

 

NK

 

 

7

 

Secretary’s Report

Searchlight anti EDL booklet obtained.  To be sent to Roger Lawrence, Methodists, Bob Jones, Wolverhampton Together, police

Demonstration against Bombardier 10,000 mobilised 50,000 petitions.  Due to pressure may win another contract.

Maps available for ‘March for Alternative’.

Legal guidance from Thompson’s.

RMT, UCU (university) have both re-affiliated to WB&DTUC

National Express 50% concessionary fare scheme withdrawn for older people. Write to MPs.

 

 

NK

 

 

 

 

 

NK

 

8

 

May Day Committee

No other meeting held.

Bob Crow cannot make May Day – no speakers confirmed.

Venue seems will not be sold before May.

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

AOB

Palestine Solidarity– stall at Mark Thomas event went well.

Write to Emma Reynolds regarding new settlements being built again.  Going to UN for a state within diplomatic borders.

Cuba Solidarity– garden party went ahead.  Possible publicity mix up.

Sis Sebastian has resigned from EC as now working in Stoke.

Sis Petford future apologies as doing evening class.

The meeting noted with sadness the deaths of four miners in Swansea.

 

BD

 

 

 

 

 

 

minutes of Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council  delegate meeting

 

Thursday 21st July 2011                               www.wolvestuc.org.uk

 

 

1

Welcome & introductions

Present:  Sis Petford (UNITE), Taylor(CYWU-Unite),

Bro. Everall, Turner, Kelleher & Deacon (UNISON Gen), Grant (NUT) Bostock (POA), Baynham & Rahimi (UNITE 5/0758), Purchase & Marris(UNITE 5/836)

apologies: Bro. Grant (UCU) Juss(GMB), Cole (NUT) Marriott (UNISON), Bechler (ATL)

Sis Halfpenny (NUT), Brealey, Sharkey & Ceresa(UNISON)  Sebastian (UNITE), Kelsey(CWU), Halfpenny(NUT), Brealey(UNISON)

 

 

2

Minutes of last meetingagreed; matters arising 

Written to Emma Reynolds re Morning Star

Campaign Against anti-TU laws - Invite speaker future meeting arrange as public meeting.

PSC financial appeal agreed £50 to be sent

Apply for TUC Development grant

FOI request re Chief Exec pay as election agent

List of local tenants groups to be sought

Sylvia Pankhurst possible film showing

Mode 4 letter to euro MPs

 

 

NK

NK

 

JG

NK

BC

RM

PW

JG

3

Executive Committee Report

weblink exchange with jobs agency – check with PCS branch

Burston strike school rally £25 donation agreed to Coventry BPTUAA seats £7.50

Invite speaker on new Agency Worker laws

 

 

NK

 

NK

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Wolverhampton Against Cuts   replaces Wolverhampton Public Services Union Alliance - agreed at open meeting (minutes circulated and agreed) in order to begin to develop a wider anti cuts campaign - order a new banner

UCU branches re-affiliated

UCU, PCS, NUT and ATL strike over pensions, pay, cuts on 30th June - successful local joint action by unions. Numerous pickets were held, an impromptu march and 200 strong rally. In a half hour rally there were speeches from Gail Cartmail, Assistant General Secretary of UNITE the union, Tony Tonks national executive and local trade unionists: Debra Elson PCS, Stuart Grant NUT, Brenda Walters & Sam Bechler ATL, John Grant UCU, Nick Kelleher WB&DTUC, Adrian Turner UNISON and Dave Jones CWU.  70 letters sent to MPs from pensions street stall

 

street stalls to be led by individual union branches, with WB&DTUC support over summer

 

A Save our Services Picnic. West Park September 3rd around the bandstand, bring a picnic. Possibly leaflet in the area, few speeches and have our lunch.

 

 

 

 

NK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exec


 

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delegates' workplace reports:

  1. UNISON – no strike expected until next year due to ballot process delays. September 6th Pensions Day. £27million cuts feared in autumn
  2. POA 97% rejection on 61% turnout to oppose pension cuts. 123 redundancies at Birmingham 8 prisons up for privatisation in NE. All Probation Service up for possible privatisation.
  3. UNITE, NUT, ATL expecting more industrial action
  4. NUT led discussion on Academy schools and campaigns against

 

       

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Midlands TUC report– all anti-cuts work reports were from various trades union councils rather than trade unions. Union levy agreed to fund regional TUC, new secretary expected soon.

 

 

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Secretary’s report

TUC Chainmakers Sept 17th & Midlands TUC demo against Lib Dems Sunday 18 Sept

Stewards needed for both events.  Leaflet produced by WB&DTUC advertising both events – 500 distributed @ Tolpuddle by NK,MT,SS,AR for: Our banner on biggest Tolpuddle march ever; up to 10,000 reported

 

 

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May Day Committee£270 short for this year – approach UNISON General.

3rd planning meeting next week. Press report of potential sale of Pegasus as care home to be checked

 

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Palestine Solidarity – Greek government prevented flotilla to Palestine. Now an offence in Israel to campaign for boycott of settlement goods.

 

 

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Speakers from Bombardier unions unable to attend due to negotiations. Report given on the fightback & demo (23 July, Derby) to stop the destruction of 13,000 related jobs.

Discussion on manufacturing. No research being done in UK

 

 

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Any other business:

  1. Searchlight’s anti-Edl booklet When Hate Comes to Town, agreed to purchase 7 copies @£5ea and send to: Roger Lawrence, Methodists, Bob Jones, Wolverhampton Together, police
  2. TUCJCC reportfrom Sis.Heath – it has been agreed to hold the national trades union councils’ conference in Coventry in 2012 and at Congress House, London in 2013
  3. £25 agreed to Defend Yunus Baksh Campaign who after winning ET for unfair dismissal on union grounds and has won his job back. NHS Employers ignoring ET ruling.
  4. £15 of our merchandise sold, £5 Shrewsbury 24 DVD purchased

 

 

 


 

 

minutes of Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council 

delegate meeting Thursday 16th June 2011                               www.wolvestuc.org.uk

 

1

Welcome & introductions

Present:  Sis Elson & Astley (PCS), Petford (UNITE), Taylor(CYWU-Unite), Sharkey & Ceresa(UNISON)  Bro. Fraser, Everall, Turner, Marriott, Kelleher & Deacon (UNISON Gen), Grant (UCU) Grant (NUT) Clarke (POA), Baynham (UNITE 5/0758), Marris (UNITE 5/836), Thomas (Community), Childs (CWU)

apologies: Bro. Bostock (POA), Juss(GMB), Purchase (UNITE), Woodstock (PCS), Cole (NUT)
Sis Sebastian (UNITE), Kelsey(CWU), Halfpenny(NUT), Brealey(UNISON)
 

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Minutes of last meeting agreed; matters arising 

Write to Workers Beer Company re low allocation of places this year

Write to Emma Reynolds re Morning Star

Sylvia Pankhurst new film – approached Sis Welch, UCU re possible screening at university

Campaign Against anti-TU laws - Invite speaker future meeting arrange as public meeting.

PSC financial appeal agreed £50 to be sent

Apply for TUC Development grant

Pheonix festival cancelled. One City marquee full.

 

 

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Executive Committee Report

  1. Peoples Charter affiliation @ £40 AGREED
  2. Campaign Against euro-Federalism Mode 4  - determine whether worth writing to MEPs again
  3. Bro.Marris re payments to Chief Exec in addition to salary for being a returning officer – seek FOI request
  4. Disabled People and the Cuts – TUC Disability Conference 2011 report from Telford & Shrops TUC – info on www.wolvestuc.org.uk
  5. Anti-cuts group regional meeting details circulated Sec. attended
  6. Sunday 18 Sept assemble noon Moor St station, Birmingham to Rage Against the Lib Dem conference!  Midlands TUC demo
  7. agreed WB&DTUC Chairperson would chair future EC meetings as a result of welcomed increased size of meetings

 

 

Anti-cuts- planning for June 30th strike -  meeting between striking unions & WBDTUC was held 14 June to decide on arrangements

reports from: NUT & PCS and our President, Sis Taylor of EC discussion about Future of local Anti-cuts campaigning:

discussion about how to progress this work in Wolverhampton focussed on two areas:

  1. June 30th Industrial action
  2. Developing a wider anti cuts movement

Consensus that we need to work together to build the struggle, to build the confidence of workers as we prepare for action and to support each other to ensure members are informed about the reality of the cuts agenda and what this will mean to service providers and users - support each other in this task.

There was a view that unions taking Industrial action should take a lead on organising action on 30th June and Trades Council should support. It was agreed that it would be good to have some kind of showing in Wolverhampton.

Agreed: STRIKE RALLY pay more, work longer, get less – no thanks!                  

10-45am to 11-15am outsideMetro ONE - short speeches from local trade unions and leafleting of the public - use striking unions’ national leaflets at rally to leaflet passers.  Then strikers will travel to Birmingham for the huge regional rally. PCS, NUT, ATL and UCU strikers joined by the 10,000 UNISON Birmingham manual workers also on strike on June 30th over cuts to weekend rates for low paid manual workers.  We can help with: news release, PA equipment, contact student groups at college and university, publicise main picket lines so mutual support can be offered

  • Get list of local tenants groups

Agreed to call an open meeting of affiliates and community organisations to begin to develop a wider anti cuts campaign 7pm 30th June, Whitmore Reans Advice Centre

A Save our Services Picnic. It was further proposed that we consider a solidarity action that should be simple to organise This was an idea borrowed from the NUT in Birmingham. Agreed we meet together in West Park September 3rd around the bandstand, bring a picnic. Possibly leaflet in the area, few speeches and have our lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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delegates' workplace reports:

CWUon postal privatisation Defeating privatisation was always going to be challenging for CWU but even though we didn’t defeat it we have gained good safeguards keeping the company intact securing the pensions maintaining the universal service.

Universal service provider (Royal Mail) not being changed for at least 10years and the minimum requirements of the universal postal service will be maintained for the lifetime of this parliament. Network of 11,500 post offices maintained till at least 2015

OfCom to have powers to stop excessive debt of any new owner.

Govt to take on pension deficit from March2012 as part of preparation for the sale

Royal Mail’s level of debt needs to be reduced and needs to be restructured Government has to get European Commission to approve this and informal discussions have begun.

UNISON– council cuts to be announced September. Breach of national conditions 5% pay cut threatened in Shropshire – ongoing strike in Southampton.

Potential TUPE of 1200 Wolverhampton staff to joint venture company (similar one went bust in Liverpool).

35 support staff at Moseley Park school threatened, since school not employing enough teachers plus merger with Heath Park into Academy, potential ballot.

POA – job threats at Winson Green due to privatisation.

       

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May Day CommitteeMinutes of planning meeting circulated. £100 received from CWU. Sis Sebastian has found two potential performers. £300 agreed donation from WB&DTUC. UNISON West Midlands still to respond. UNISON Wolverhampton has offered further help to cover costs in addition to donation already made.

 

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Palestine Solidarity- Pres. Obama now talking of 1967 border but with land swap, despite there being no Palestinian land to swap – so presumably means giving up land or Jerusalem.

Cuba Solidaritypublic meeting held in Bilston. £1500 donated to ICAP Cuba.

 

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Any Other Business – Sis Taylor picked out 4 names for the UCU/UNISON Learning Survey prize draw organised by Bro.Marriott – 180 replies and new recruits.

 

 

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council
Minutes 19th May 2011

1) Welcome & introductions. Present Sis Sebastian (UNITE), Taylor(CYWU-Unite), Bro. Fraser,
Everall, Kelleher & Deacon (UNISON Gen), Clarke (POA), Juss(GMB), Marris(UNITE 5/836), Cole (NUT), Thomas (Community), Rahimi (UNITE)
apologies: Bro. Bostock (POA), Grant (UCU) Grant (NUT) Brookfield (UNITE), Marriott (UNISON)
Sis Elson (PCS), Kelsey(CWU), Petford (UNITE), Halfpenny(NUT), Burth(UNISON) Ceresa(UNISON)

2) Minutes of April meeting agreed as correct. Matters arising:
BPTUAA AGM Bro Deacon unable to attend.
5,000+ on Hardest Hit – disabilities London demo.
Venezuela film – attendance poor but may be able to set up local group.
Write to Workers Beer Company re low allocation of places this year

3) Executive Committee Report items of note:
a. Sylvia Pankhurst new film – approach Sis Welch, UCU re possible screening at university, other options Lighthouse, Newhampton Arts Centre, own venue. Wanted to tap into new audiences by using new venue. Autumn? Copy to Midlands TUC to see if they want to do similar event.
b. May Day accounts 2011- shortfall £800 still for this year, after £250 NUT donation .
Next year’s planning meeting Thurs 26 May @ Pegasus. Excellent food served there. Unedited footage of event on website. No photos of event.
a. Bro.Thomas re Electoral Reform society spending £1m on pro-AV campaign – they are two companies – not a charity spending money on campaigning
b. Campaign Against anti-TU laws AGM 23 May London. Invite speaker to June or future meeting arrange as public meeting.
c. PSC financial appeal agreed £50
d. ASPECT affiliation received.
e. Sent: Re affiliation Pensioners TU Action Assoc. £20
f. Sent: Agent Orange & Vietnam EDM1366 and Morning Star EDM1334 direct questions to Pat McFadden. Still to respond to Emma Reynolds re MStar.
g. Delegate paper mailings cost us £5/delegate/year + effort. Of the 66 sent each month, 8 delegates identified as never having attended any of our events, despite receiving mailings for several years. Sec to write to them asking for emails and ending those mailings. All branches will still receive mailings.
h. Council election – Park ward; intimidation of voters by Tory supporters at a polling station – complaint was made.

4) Reports a) delegates' workplace reports:
POA – Bro.Clarke reported little news from G4S, their bid has been accepted but not announced – local TU reps excluded. Staff cuts expected. Featherstone2 built with public money due to open by G4S with 400 jobs. Poor training, pensions and ppe.
Council unions – voluntary redundancy scheme ends in August. 200 jobs announced for next year when cuts will hit harder.



b) Anti-cuts - what next?
Contact with university Labour Club suggested by Bro.Marris. Youth council, and students at Bilston & Paget Rd college sites should be more affected by fees.
Apply for TUC Development grant
Wolverhampton Public Service Union Alliance has been inactive as a group this year. Need broader based campaign.
Thurs 30 June UCU, PCS, NUT and ATL unions to strike over pensions – offer to assist with lunchtime rally/march – emailed out
Organising for Midlands TUC demo against Lib Dems 18 Sept; could produce postcards advertising assembly points.

c) Bro.Juss spoke to a written report from Black Workers TUC. He highlighted affect of ConDem cuts on BME community, given lower incomes, higher proportion of public service workers and ESOL cuts despite Cameron’s call for integration. He argued that it is multiculturalism which makes Britain great. Film about Grunwick dispute was shown which would be worth showing at a future trades union council meeting; details to be sought.

d) Secretary’s report- May 1st 2012 planning meetings to be week following trades union council meeting 7pm @Pegasus. £20 donation from Community 17000 received.
Anti-fascist campaign –
anti-EDL conference in Leicester postponed to Mon 27 June Bro.Kelleher and Sis.Taylor now unable to attend.
seek future weekend of action dates from Searchlight – continue our campaigns; national strategy debate expected.
Latest campaign again successful (separate report circulated). Tory Neville & BNP nephew Simon Patten commiserated together at count. Leaflets which we produced were well received; need more helpers.
Stall at Phoenix Park festival – check if going ahead
City Show 9/10 July – write to Mark Blackstock to see if we can get free stall or can leaflet(Sat lunch/Sun pm). One City Marquee? Face-painting or mehndi to attract people suggested. Anti-cuts petition. Make new banner for stall front – clear wording?
Letter to St Marys church vicar sent– already telephoned and spoke to him and sorted issue – also requested a personal quote for anti-fascist campaign.
NUT has political fund specifically for anti-fascist election campaigning.

e) Palestine Solidarity campaign meeting 23/3/11. President Obama had today announced that 1967 borders should be recognised, however it was thought to have little influence since Senate in control of foreign policy. Interested in joining with other groups to form a Left Film Club showing regular films – public viewing licence costs could prove prohibitive.

f) Cuba Solidarity public meeting 13 June 7pm Olde White Rose Bilston.

5) Speaker: Bro.Kelleher on Trades Union Councils’ conference – spoke to written report and produced list of action points from conference. Agreed that it is us who should be putting forward an Alternative economic & political strategy since Labour’s view seems not too far, not too fast but cut all the same.
Bro.Deacon suggested redesign of EC and delegate minutes to include action column listing which delegate is responsible. (not reproduced online, only on printed minutes available at meeting)
 

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council
Minutes - Thursday 21st April 2011

  1. Introductions to delegates and visitors, new and old. Bro.Bostock in Chair.

Attendance: SISTER: Kelsey (CWU)    BROTHERS:  Rahimi (UNITE 0758M),Fraser, Everall, Deacon & Kelleher (UNISON Gen), Purchase & Marris (UNITE 5/836), Bostock & Clarke (POA), Thomas (Community) 

Apologies: Bro.Cole (NUT), Grant (UCU), Grant (NUT), Marriott (UNISON Gen), Juss (GMB)   Sis. Taylor (CYWU-UNITE), Petford & Sebastian (UNITE 0758M)

2) Minutes of February & March meetings – agreed correct and matters arising: to write re Agent Orange & Vietnam EDM1366 and Morning Star EDM1334 direct questions to Pat McFadden & response to Emma Reynolds

3) Executive Committee not held as leafleting on that night. Correspondence to be actioned:

  1. Abortion Rights briefing – model letters copied for delegates
  2. May 6th Venezuela Solidarity’s South of Border film showing 7pm Newhampton arts centre
  3. "Hardest hit March" May 11th - Assemble from 11.30am on the Embankment
  4. Various press reports of delegates’ activities
  5. Midlands TUC Pensioners conference April 14 – Bro.Deacon attended a third of last year’s attendance; details poorly circulated. Lacking purpose, no outcome to meeting. Sis Pidgeon spoke well. There is a need to link pensioner campaigning to TU issues.
  6. Pensioners TU Action Assoc – seeking delegate to next meeting 23rd March, details to Bro.Deacon
  7. Workers Beer Company just 2 places for Glastonbury allocated
  8. Xmas party final profit was £142.50
  9. Sent
  10. Re affiliation campaign to repeal anti-union laws £35
  11. Len Aldis responses from MPs re EDM1366
  12. POA thanks for £500 donation

 

4) Reports:

a)  Future of Chainmakers’ festival – Sis Kelsey gave report from Midlands TUC EC. Festival no longer to be at Black Country Museum, new venue still being sought, not cancelled.

b) delegates' workplace reports – UNISON. 250 announced redundancies were negotiated down to 26 only 8 of whom were their members.

c) POA  - Birmingham prison cheaper to run than many open prisons yet to be privatised. Av. Cost £21,500/yr/prisoner. Average is £28k yet private prisons are costing £35k/yr/prisoner.  It’s the central hub of prison transfer in country. Tenders on other prisons in June, all up for grabs – campaign and legal challenges running. Threats to brand new Featherstone2; built by taxpayers money to be handed over to G4S. Brinsford & Featherstone threatened to become part of private regional cluster group.

d) Anti-cuts No major loss of funds on coach organisation - national demo March 26th. Ex&Star coverage of our coach, also featured in music video, delegates on BBC radio and were organisers 8 of 10 local coaches.  Our online NHS campaign had a poor response

e) Anti-fascist campaign 5,000 leaflets for each of Bushbury N, Bilston N & Springvale linking with anti-cuts. Bushbury 95% complete, Bilston 40%, Springvale next weekend. Methodist church have offered use of venues for leafleting – very helpful. Wolverhampton Together March 17th report noted. To write to Vicar re picture of church on anti-fascist leaflet

f) Black Workers TUC report to be taken at next meeting

g) Secretary’s reports – amendment accepted: Wolverhampton’s LibDem mayor was recently arrested with regard to a cannabis farm.

May Day Sunday 1st May – help setting up needed.  £100 pledged from CWU plus stall booked.  Workers Memorial Day 28th April - wreath £25 to be delivered to venue. Sis Kelsey to read Womens’ TUC poem Empty Shoes.  Adverts for WMDay and 1st May in Morning Star

d)  Palestine Solidarity campaign – stall at Mark Thomas event next week. Boycott leafleting Friday 13 May 5-6.30pm @ASDA. Postcards to be distributed in next mailing, an initiative as a result of the motion passed at last TUCongress.

5) Debate: AV or not AV, that is the question.  Bro.Kelleher spoke against AV in favour of proportional STV system on behalf of the Communist Party. Bro.Purchase spoke in favour of FPTP and in favour of the recall of MPs. Bro. Deacon made point that absurd claims coming from both official campaigns; different electoral systems currently in use already for different types of elections. No points were made in favour of AV.

Minutes Wolverhampton & Bilston TUC Delegate meeting
Thurs 17 March 2011 at 7pm preceding the public meeting


1) Introductions to delegates & visitors, new & old
BROTHERS: Grant (UCU), Rahimi (UNITE 0758M), Deacon & Kelleher (UNISON Gen), Chadwick (UNISON CVS), Marris (UNITE 5/836), Ward (CWU), Grant (NUT)
SISTERS: Sagoo & Ceresa (UNISON Gen), Taylor (CYWU-UNITE), Petford & Sebastian (UNITE 0758M, Kelsey (CWU) plus 6 observers
APOLOGIES: Bro. Turner, Juss (GMB), Brackenridge (FBU). Sis. Halfpenny (NUT),
2) Minutes of February meeting – not available at meeting, take at next month’s meeting.
3) The Executive Committee had leafleted for the public meeting in lieu of its normal meeting. Correspondence discussed: response from Pat McFadden re not agreeing with principle of early Day motions – agreed to respond
4) Reports: a) March 2nd lobby against cuts organised by UNISON went well attracting new people
b) Secretary’s report:
March 26th anti-government demo – our coach is full, now trying to place enquiries on spare seats on the 10 coaches leaving from Wolverhampton. –agreed to buy travel cards for coach, due to exclusion zone imposed on coaches in London. Produce own flags for demo.
Thursday 28th April Workers’ Memorial Day 12.30pm at WMDay tree, St Peters Sq. A4 colour flyers still available to circulate to your members
Sunday 1st May Pegasus, Whitmore Reans, Workers’ Day celebration Attila the Stockbroker, Fargo band and Transit Trix breakers all confirmed to perform invite Cheryl Pidgeon flyers and posters to be printed
Anti-fascist campaign – run local campaigns as necessary if they stand in local elections. Lot of effort being needs to be put into Stoke too. 16/17 April weekend of action
5) Any Other Business – Workers Beer Company festival – bar volunteer applications sent;


Followed by our Public meeting `against the cuts’ 7.30pm speaker Bro. Marris chaired by Sis Taylor

45 people attended

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council
Minutes - Thursday 17th February 2011


1) Introductions to delegates and visitors, new and old. ATTENDANCE and apologies:
BROTHERS: Cole (NUT), Grant (UCU), Fraser, Turner, Deacon & Kelleher (UNISON Gen), Chadwick (UNISON CVS), Purchase & Marris (UNITE 5/836), Baynham (UNITE 0758M), Childs (CWU), Bostock & Clarke (POA), Weaver (TUC)
SISTERS: Ceresa & Sharkey (UNISON Gen), Halfpenny (NUT), Taylor (CYWU-UNITE), Petford & Sebastian (UNITE 0758M), Elson (PCS)
APOLOGIES: Bro. Hartshorn (UNITE), Rahimi (UNITE 0758M), Grant (NUT), Marriott (UNISON Gen), Juss (GMB), Brackenridge (FBU). Sis. Brealey, Sagoo, & Burth (UNISON Gen), Kelsey (CWU)
2) Minutes of December meeting – agreed correct and matters arising none.
3) Executive Committee Report 10th February 2011 and correspondence
Urgent matters arising from December minutes & January Executive Committee – acted upon:
Designed and purchased 2 banners for local Palestine Solidarity campaign £47.98. This represents the donation of £50 agreed at a previous meeting.
Still need to contact Stoke Council regarding International Brigade. Bro Marris to liaise with Bro Kelleher. Motion also passed at WMCATUC meeting.

Correspondence
2.1 A report on branch re-affiliation was presented by the secretary.
2.3 Re- affiliations to Labour research, Cuba Solidarity and for the PO Box were agreed.
2.9 Early Day Motion 1334 For Morning Star to be included in Newsnight and other press reports headlines etc. on TV and radio. Also Vietnam Agent Orange Early Day Motion 1366 agreed by the meeting.
2.10 Bro Grant to report on TUC greening the workplace at March meeting.
2.11 Discussion on Alternative Vote system and agreed to invite speakers on the subject – suggestions needed.
2.14 Agreed Donation Asbestos support £25.
7. 2,500 Workers Memorial Day leaflets to shift before 28th April.

Anti Cuts
• Our next meeting will be a public meeting at Dunstall Community Centre against the cuts; leaflet to be printed, deliver in Whitmore Reans meet Pegasus 7pm 10-3-11.
• Wolverhampton public Services Alliance no meetings. Lobby of council budget setting meeting Wednesday 2nd March
• Labour has reversed some of the Tories increased service charges for the vulnerable in day centres and meals-on-wheels as a result of petitioning and campaigning.
• Leaflets for March 26th still available. 7 coaches currently booked from various local unions. Likelihood coaches will not be allowed to drop off at Embankment. TUC to negotiate with Transport for London on cheaper deal. Need to buy day Oyster cards from National Express Queen Street beforehand? Bro.Purchase suggested announcement of coach details/drop off arrangements via Midlands Today & Phil Bateman.

4) Speaker - Alan Weaver Midlands TUC on the Threatened Future of the Chainmakers’ Festival and examples of local anti –cuts campaigning.
a) The history of the festival was explained. A paper from the TUC executive 18.01.11 was also circulated concerning the current position. It is very unlikely that the festival will be at the Black Country Museum in 2011. It will have to move away! Whatever the TUC put on will be freer concerning content. A venue such as park or football ground or indoors. How many to cater for? As a fringe to congress? It could be reinvented as something completely different. It is the only festival that celebrates the achievements of women. The venue needs to be in Cradley Heath or Dudley. Bro Weaver will return to a future meeting to update on progress. Many thanks from TUC to all those Trades Union Councils and unions which have contributed.

Discussion followed – Blists Hill possible venue. It must keep going. Important to email museum to voice feelings. Lobby Wolverhampton and Sandwell councils re contributing to the Black Country Museum. 2012 is centenary of the Workers’ Institute. Need to invite museum to explain themselves. What is the museum’s status believed to be Charitable trust. Agreed to write to Wolverhampton Council Leader to seek their response.

b) Local anti-cuts campaigning has included marches, Valentine’s day cards presented to councillors, four areas want to re-establish Trades Councils – Nuneaton, Corby, Kettering, and Leamington. The TUC has offered very good opposition to cuts agenda. Nowhere is doing any better campaigning than Wolverhampton.

5) Elections:
a) the following were elected: Executive Committee – Dave Cole NUT, Brian Clarke POA
Treasurer - John Grant UCU
Assistant Secretary(minutes) - Marion Halfpenny NUT
Publicity Officer - Bobbie Petford & Sindu Sebastian UNITE 0758M
b) observers at TUC conferences still unfilled, deadlines passed by next meeting
c) 3 vacancies for WMCATUC still unfilled
d) Trades Union Council Annual Conference Peterborough 13-15 May 2011 Bro Kelleher will reluctantly attend.

6) Resolution from UNISON General
Phasing out cheques
We note that the banks intend to phase out cheques by 2018.
We believe this will have a particularly adverse impact upon:
Those who, like certain older people and people with disabilities, depend upon trades people and upon home deliveries and who need a safe and reliable way to pay; and many trades union and community groups for whom making payments by cheque which require more than one signature is central to their financial administration and key to preventing fraud.
We therefore oppose withdrawing cheques unless there is an alternative to address these concerns.

A friendly amendment had been accepted in which “older people and people with disabilities”, had replaced “elderly and disabled” and “who” added near start. Formally moved by Bro Kelleher. Passed unanimously as amended.
The purpose of the motion is to draw people’s attention to the issue and raise it through our own trade unions.
Unity Trust Bank has been approached for a speaker on the issue of cheques and also banking morality, to a future meeting.

7) Reports and Discussion
a) delegates' workplace reports: These arose during earlier parts of the meeting concerning the impact of cuts

b) Secretary’s report: Hope not Hate 5th March Manchester Bro Deacon available to go.
No further business due to lack of time.