Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council
Delegate Minutes: Thursday 21st December 2017
venue: Unite Office,Wolverhampton

 

1. Welcome & introductions to delegates & visitors – present Sis Taylor(UNITE) Dugmore(UNISON) Bro Kelleher, Deacon, Everall. & Pugh (UNISON Gen) Foxall, Marris, Rahimi, Baker (UNITE), Childs (CWU), Martin (MU) apologies Sis Simm (PCS), Weaver (UNISON Gen), Bro Juss (GMB) Turner (UNISON Gen) Simm (PCS)

2. Minutes of November Delegate Meeting agreed no Matters Arising

3. EC not held as would have been inquorate
(a) correspondence of note:
(b) union branches 2018 affiliation received ASLEF, Community Craft, Musicians Union, UNISON General. Forms sent out again by post to remaining branches. EC nominations received from Unison General.
(c) Tues 16 January: meeting on community cohesion in the West Midlands 50 years since 'Rivers of Blood' www.britishfuture.org Novotel, W'ton 3-30-5pm Bro. Kelleher & Rahimi to attend. To raise doubts about highlighting anniversary.
(d) From TUC re Heart Unions Week, 12-18 February 2018 -This year we are focusing on the TUC’s Great Jobs Campaign. Our activity expected 10/11 February. (https://www.tuc.org.uk/campaigns/great-jobs-agenda) and in particular the case for workers having an independent voice at work, achieved through recognising trade unions. TUC working with the BFAWU to specifically support their McDonalds campaign, calling upon McDonalds to support recognition of the Bakers Union, fair pay for food workers and decent contracts for staff. organise a street stall outside a McDonalds W'ton town centre during the week. invite sent for booking Tim/Martin/Clarion for sometime during Heart Unions week. Seek TUC Development Fund grant £300.
(e) Midlands TUC Pensioners Network (Bro Deacon nominated)
(f) Reclaim Photography West Midlands – Industrial Might photography exhibition seeking pictures https://reclaimphotographyfestival.org/whats-on/rpf18-black-country-project-open-call/
(g) new TUC registration form 2018 to be sent by 23-3-18. includes £10 fee and reference to CATUCs
(h) Shrewsbury 24 campaign, thanks for our “£200 donation towards legal costs.Now received final statement of reasons from CCRC why not referring to Court of Appeal. The campaign has taken further legal advice and a letter of claim was sent this month challenging their decision.reply due early January. Judicial Review in Court of Appeal could follow.
(i) Battersea & Wandsworth TUC re Workers Beer Company payment £7/hour and NMW - “considered by our Executive Committee. Since the Political Committee of Workers Beer Company have responsibility for setting policy on the matters you raise we are referring the matter to that committee ….. We will therefore respond fully to your letter.”
(j) local BASW event 12 dec – non-TUC so did not publicise
(k) BMA seeking contact New Cross unions -directed to regional contacts
(l) Peaky Blinders & The Real Jessie Eden, Saturday, 13 January 2018 The Cherry Reds Cafe-Bar in Birmingham, Meal from 1.00pm; Panel discussion 2.30pm
(m) 23,000 UK page views on our website this month, www.wolvestuc.org.uk; reach of about 300 on our facebook page in last month
(n) to send: Reply to Police Crime Commissioner re meeting august Britain First demo; to send: Hazards 2018 sponsorship appeal £30; Leftspace invoice for hosting our website annual £120; to bro Kelleher bought: new duplex laser printer/scanner £119 + 2 toners £13.99; stamps £20.16; ream paper £3.50; Tim Martin MU rate of £132; Bob Deacon £23.10 travel TUC Pensioners
4. Reports:
a) delegate reports: PCS pay campaign (no one present),
UNISON – Birmingham ballot of 370 home care workers 54% turnout 99% for strike – send solidarity message
b) WBDTUC Secretary's written report spoken to briefly by Bro Kelleher. RMT had been contacted offering local support for 2nd Jan national action – o response. No mention of Action for Rail activity early Jan as usual – their website out of date.
c) Midlands TUC Pensioners Network written report by Bro Deacon circulated and spoken to along with useful legal update – both added to website. Threat of pensioners bedroom tax backed off by government but those in sheltered and supported accommodation still under attack.
NHS STP plans will affect here dramatically but no local campaign still.
Wed 11 April 18 activity on the buses in Wolverhampton to Skegness around English bus pass 10th anniversary keep as universal benefit oppose rural bus cuts
d) Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign – Bro Deacon reported 20 attended Olive picking talk £180 raised. £40 ten olive tree saplings to “Zaytoun CIC “ still to be paid by us. – possible future speaker. UK arms sales and HSBC campaign 3rd Sat each month until April Qu Sq 11am 20 Jan. 26 Jan Film night Friends Meeting House – Where should the birds fly? Fri 16 March NUT speker Emily Davis on Palestine visit – possible joint meeting
e) Latin America conference – Sis Taylor attended along with over 1,000 delegates, very intense. Recommended future attendance. Bro Beuno ran TU Fiends of Bolivia workshop; a socialist government nationalising and redistributing wealth – possible future speaker.
f) Trump visit – Bro Kelleher had attended local meeting of 18 SW CLP LP/Momentum, SWP, and Dudley TUC also attended. Trump expected in UK Mon 26/7 Feb 2018. TUC demo expected Sat 24 Feb but not announced. The two trades union councils had raised prioritising support for any national TUC demo over local 'protest' in this instance. Others planning events for Jan 20th day & evening on large scale Celebrate Diversity Stand Up to Trump – no money, seeking via Black Country Stand up to Racism funds from TU – none expected from LP. Delegates concluded little local support expected – lack of any focus for a protest of a visiting Present going to London, not on a state visit. Agreed to fund a third of transport agreed for any TUC demo.

5. any other business

Seasonal refreshments
& socialist music performed by Musicians Union Tim Martin. He is currently producing an album and will mention WB&DTUC in the credits.

 

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council
Delegate Minutes
Thursday 16th November 2017 @Unite Office Wolverhampton

1. Welcome & introductions to delegates & visitors Present Sis Simm (PCS), LP sister, Bro Kelleher & Pugh (UNISON Gen), Bueno (Sandwell UNISON), Brackenridge (LP/FBU), Simm (PCS), Coates & Rahimi (UNITE), Childs (CWU), Apologies: Sis Taylor (UNITE) Bro Grant (NUT), Grant (UCU), Juss (GMB), Deacon(UNISON Gen). Sis Simm in chair.

2. Minutes of last Delegate Meeting agreed, no Matters Arising

3. EC Report -points of note:
a) union branches 2018 affiliation forms sent by post and email. Sis Whyte to contact Unison Acute (New Cross). NASUWT region to be contacted as no local contact. Affiliation received by Community Craft branch.
b) future speakers discussed to invite Howard Beckett new WM UNITE leader, NHS campaign via contact from Bro Deacon; Mike Edwards speaking Feb West Park Class of 68 anti-racism project.
c) £300 TUC Development grant avaiable to be sought – suggestions – glossy print run of annual report or general Wolves TUC leaflet for stalls; Love Unions campaign Feb – book Clarion singers/Tim Martin Bilston/Wednesfield/W'ton too?; maybe for WMDay too?; Action for Rail
d) Jane Nellist – new West Mids TUCJCC rep - invite sent and added to mailing list
e) TUCJCC next year's programme of work – now on website
f) contacted Cnllr Hodgkiss re tinplate worker plaque overdue re-fitting at Civic centre – she has chased up. Cnllr Lawrence contacted re joint invite to Frances O'Grady to unveil – letter sent to him
g) Hazards 2018 sponsorship appeal agreed £30 Bro Pugh attended this year, 44% delegates were from Unison.
h) Midlands TUC AGM 24-2-18 Derby – appears we ineligible to nominate again.
i) Morning Star report of our donation; also thanks from Cuba Solidarity £55k raised for Hurricaine Irma appeal.
j) sent: Battersea & Wandsworth TUC re Workers Beer Company payment £7/hour and NMW
k) paid: £100 donation to Labour Land Campaign; Nicaragua Solidarity £30 to afffiliate + £30 Appeal for health union FETSALUD and public sector union UNE following Storm Nate; Working Class Movement Library appeal £30; stamps bought £20.16 – NK; Palestine Soldarity national demo 4 Nov, £100 coach sponsorship to Z.Ali who booked coach – invoice via Bro Deacon
l) a record 52,000 UK page views on our website this month, mostly via NMWage article, 8xmore than last month www.wolvestuc.org.uk; reach of about 500 again on our facebook page in last month
m) to send: Reply via council leader from Police Crime Commissioner re Britain First demo – request meeting with Roger Lawrence.
n) to send: £40 ten olive tree saplings via PSC

4. Reports:
a) delegate reports: PCS strike ballot – Sis Simm reported 49% turnout 79% to strike 99% action to end pay cap action expected from December. 120,000 early deaths linked to Tory Austerity – new report. Trades Union Council support offered and to help co-ordinate if joint union.
b) FBU Bro Brackenridge reported national withdrawal from emergency falls response due to lack of clinical training – firefighters do first aid and are not paramedics
c) UNISON – increased use of volunteers to undertake council jobs eg West Park -exotic plants in historic Conservatory now dying.
d) Midlands TUC Equalities conference – Bro Childs attended no report
e) WBDTUC Secretary's written report spoken to by Bro Kelleher. PSC event Sat 9 Dec. Discussion of possible bands for May 1st – Bro Coates & Brackenridge suggested mods Savannah from Telford and ska Beat goes Bang
f) LP Bro Simm now campaign organiser 12-1pm 25 Nov meeting Lych Gate

5. any other business

6. Public Meeting@8pm with social media Blogger “The Lonely Trade Unionist” aka Bro Bob Simm.
Yoo Recruit, set up a year ago by Wolverhampton Council offering temporary public service contracts – worked very well compared to other agencies. Taken over by Adecco who moved office from walk-in site without telling some of own staff and users. New office inaccessible and out of sight. Mug presented to speaker.
Cnllr Brackenridge said there had been no consultation with Labour Group or cabinet members done by officers.

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council

delegate minutes Thursday 19th October 2017

held at Unite Office, 6 Victoria Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1LD

  1. Welcome & introductions to delegates & visitors. Present Sis Taylor (UNITE) Simm (PCS) Bro Kelleher, Cooper, Deacon, Pugh (UNISON Gen), Simm (PCS), Grant (UCU), Hanspal, Rahimi (UNITE), Childs (CWU), Martin (MU), Molloy (speaker) Apologies: Sis Weaver, Dixon (UNISON Gen) Bro Brackenridge (LP/FBU) Baker, Foxall (UNITE), Grant (NUT), Juss (GMB)
  1. Minutes of September Delegate Meeting agreed; no matters arising.
  1. EC Report discussed; correspondence of note:
  1. union branches 2018 affiliation forms to be sent – available at delegate meeting
  2. TUCJCC West Midlands rep elected Jane Nellist Coventry TUC unopposed although George Hickman Sandwell TUC now complained his nomination was sent.
  3. Reply via council leader from Police Crime Commissioner also from Pat McFadden MP; no reply Chief Superintendant, Eleanor Smith, Emma Reynolds MPs re treatment of protestors of Britain First rally. Draft response by MT – request meeting with Roger Lawrence. Responded to Pat McFadden. To send out to email list
  4. Palestine Soldarity national demo 4 Nov, £100 coach sponsorship to be paid locally– no bank account so awaiting invoice via Bro Deacon
  5. Working Class Movement Library appeal agreed £30
  6. Nicaragua Solidarity £50 or less to afffiliate agreed £30 plus £30 appeal for health union FETSALUD and public sector union UNE following Storm Nate. Bro Cooper now UNISON International officer, doing work around Nicaragua.
  7. contacted Cnllr Hodgkiss re tinplate worker plaque overdue re-fitting at Civic centre – she has chased up
  8. Belonging, the Truth Behind the Headlines documentary film trailer: www.belonging4us.com, The film focuses on three disputes: News International (1986), Wapping, Royal Mail (2007) and Ineos, Grangemouth (2013) £9 dvd or £108 for public showing, length unknown. Bro Simm to make recommendation
  9. sent to Morning Star £800 PPFF, £241.25 to PPPS (for adverts) half of payment for festivals £2,082.50 raised; Cuba Solidarity Hurricaine Irma appeal £100; Shrewsbury 24 campaign £200 donation; N.Kelleher £29.48 stamps +£3.50 ream paper; £10 cuba solidarity raffle tickets
  10. 6,000 UK page views on our website this month www.wolvestuc.org.uk; reach of 500 on our facebook page in last month
  11. to send: Workers Beer Company letter re Payment £7/hour – issue was raised verbally with Battersea & Wandsworth TUC and WBC at Glastonbury
  12. sent to Midllands TUC details of affiliation, officers, rules etc as requested
  13. Wolverhampton Amnesty Write for Rights event 7-30pm Sunday December 10th, United Reform Church, Lea Road WV3 0LW
  1. Reports:
  1. a) delegate report: PCS – national pay campaign ballots begun results by 9 Nov.
  2. b) WBDTUC Secretary's report – Bro Kelleher's written report discussed; several delegates attended the lecture on resistance to Enoch Powell earlier; all examples were organised by trade unions and IWA; the anti-fascist campaigning of WB&DTUC had been pointed out by Bro Grant. Sis Taylor reported on Peoples Assembly anti-Tory demo in Manchester – 50,000 crowd held 2 hours prior to marching and then speaker area full so not heard speeches; 20 from Wolverhampton. Little coverage except by Morning Star.
  3. c) TUC Pensioners' Network - Bro Deacon - info on www.wolvestuc.org.uk
  4. d) Palestine Solidarity - Bro. Deacon November 4th coach London demo; 22 Nov lobby of Eleanor Smith in Parliament; 9 Dec Zahtoon evening report on olive picking Friends Meeting House agreed to donate £40 for 10 olive saplings.
  5. any other business - none
  6. Public Meeting@8pm with Anthony Molloy, Chair of the Labour Land Campaign, who spoke on Land Value Taxation.

Tax on unimproved land value; efficient easy to collect, would stop developers sitting on derelict land or speculating on massive land price increases due to major public sector infrastucture improvements. Could replace other unfair taxes. Existing tax systems have been drawn up by large landowners. Land Value Tax is in Labour's manifesto – the press's misnamed Garden Tax. The Labour Land Campaign advocates a more equitable distribution of the Land Values that are created by the whole community. They are a voluntary group working for land reform within the Labour Movement. http://www.labourland.org £100 donation agreed, our History book presented to speaker; secretary put up for night and showed him around the area.

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council
Delegate Minutes 21 September 2017
@Unite Office, 6 Victoria Square, Wolverhampton

1. Present Sis Taylor (UNITE) Simm (PCS) Weaver (UNISON Gen) Gregory (visitor) Bro Kelleher, Turner, Deacon, Pugh (UNISON Gen), Royale, Stoll (UNISON) Brackenridge (LP/FBU) Simm (PCS), Baker, Foxall, Coates, Renshaw, Chadwick, Rahimi (UNITE), Childs (CWU). Welcome & introductions to delegates & visitors
2. Minutes of July Delegate Minutesagreed with correction £100 agreed towards Palestine demo transport 4 November. Matters Arising - follow up with Cnllr Hodgkiss re Tinplate workers' plaque re-siting now overdue.
3. EC Report & Correspondence
(a) venue needed for Oct 19th public meeting with Anthony Molloy, Chair of the Labour Land Campaign to speak on Land Value Taxation Clarendon/LP offices? – requested via Bro.Marris LP joint meeting – response from LP; UNITE confirmed for Nov & Dec meetings
(b) union branches not affiliated this year that previously affiliated are no longer being sent paper mailings: UCU college, NASUWT, PCS West Mercia and CV branches, UNITE-CYW, UNISON Acute, Black Country Health branches. NK & MT to follow up with regional offices.
(c) Correspondence of note
1. TUCJCC Midlands rep nomination deadline 22 September -noted
2. coach Tory conf demo by UNITE 9-45am Sun 1st October Pipers Row – need to book
3. Cuba solidarity raffle tickets £10 sold, Hurricaine Irma appeal agreed £100 donation
4. Workers Beer Company – notification of BACS payment for festivals £2,082.50 raised; to send half to Morning Star £800 PPFF, £241.25 to PPPS (for adverts)
5. to send: Workers Beer Company letter re Payment £7/hour – issue was raised verbally with Battersea & Wandsworth TUC and WBC at Glastonbury
6. 24,900 UK page views on our website this month and 6,400 last month www.wolvestuc.org.uk; reach of just 200 on our facebook page in last month
7. sent: National Conversation on Immigration - outcome from meeting
8. Bob Deacon – re Wolverhampton Pride, corporate takeover this year, not LGBT organisation led, agreed not to publicise
9. Bob Deacon – re online hate crime advice from GALOP - add to website
10. Midlands TUC social media masterclass Thurs 2 Nov 10-30am TUC office, Summer La, Birmingham, booking online – have put on our Facebook page
11. to pay N.Kelleher £29.48 stamps

4. Reports:
a) delegate reports
UNISON – Bro Turner reported council seeking more vo;untary redundancies, further 500 job losses announced. More TUPE and restructures, very few services likely to be provided by council in future. TUC policy to have sprinklers in every school. New schools are often on two or more levels. Council H&S committees not performing well – new head of Safety appointed.
UNITE – Wolverhampton Homes H&S Committee working well.
FBU – Bro Brackenridge on post-Grenfell Scrutiny panel along with Bro Deacon. Only 2 of 18 tower blocks tested for cladding. New I10 building failed. Few tests done on schools.
PCS – Bro Simm Thompson solicitors preparing ET case; he was wished happy birthday.
b) anti-fascist demo follow up – Front page Ex & Star report. sent:Chief Superintendant, Council Leader, 3 local MPs re treatment of protestors of Britain First rally. Our actions and leadership had reduced tension but police action split counter demo which allowed increased tension with shoppers and then police had allowed Britain First back into centre of town. No responses so far except initial support from council leader. Bro Brackenridge followed up with council leader seeking Police Crime Commissioner response.
c) WBDTUC Secretary's report – Bro Kelleher produced written report
d) TUC Pensioners' Network - Bro Deacon bulletin being produced to go on our website
e) Palestine Solidarity - Bro. Deacon Wolverhampton meeting 14 Oct; national demo 4 Nov, £100 sponsorship to be paid
5. any other business -none

6. Public Meeting@7-30pm Shrewsbury 24 Campaign.
Speakers: Terry Renshaw (UCATT and youngest of the convicted pickets) & Harry Chadwick (UCATT) Shrewsbury 24 Campaign Chairperson reporting on.
£200 donation agreed for campaign, speakers paid own expenses. Books and badges were presented.
The initial plan to picket in the first and only national building strike was now 45 years ago and still no justice. The strike was sucessful but the state instigated a criminal trial with over 2,000 police and army guarding the court, more than needed for terrorists.
The Chief of Police Meredith cogratulated them on a “good days picket, safe journey home”; 5 months later come the arrests.
Successsive governments have extended the 30 year rule to deny access to crucial documents. The Labour Manifesto includes justie for the Shrewsbury 24 now.
Final statement of outcome of pickets' appplication to the Criminal Cases Review Commission still awaited then decision to take to Judicial Review needs to be raised along with £150,000 guarantee.

Minutes of Delegate Meeting WB&DTUC - Thursday 20th July 2017

  1. Welcome & introductions to delegates & visitors. Present: Taylor(UNITE-CYW), Bro. Brackenridge (LP/FBU), J.Grant (UCU), Kelleher, Pugh, Deacon (UNISON Gen), B. Simm (PCS), Bueno (Sandwell UNISON)

Apologies Bro S.Grant (NUT), Marris (UNITE), Juss (GMB), Sis Weaver (UNISON Gen) C. Simm (PCS),

  1. Minutes of June Delegate Meeting agreed no matters arising
  2. EC Report
  1. Civic unavailable due to refurbishment - new venue needed for Sept 21st public meeting Shrews 24; also Oct 19th, Nov 16th, Dec 21st, AGM Jan, Feb & Mar meetings – Clarendon pub suggested for Sept meeting also UNITE office (no Thurs Wolves home games planned)
  2. union branches not affiliated this year that previously affiliated are no longer being sent paper mailings: UCU college, NASUWT, PCS West Mercia and CV branches, UNITE-CYW, UNISON Acute & Black Country Health branches. EC follow up with regional offices.
  3. Bro Grant reported Bro Stuart Grant (NUT) had new cancer treatment which has helped him feel better. Sis Whyte reported that UNISON Gen delegate Bro Shabir Hussain was recovering and soon back to work.
  4. Correspondence of note
  1. affiliation fees received £46 from UNISON University, £20 GMB x13
  2. Midlands TUC new address 47, Summer Lane, Birmingham B19 3TH telephone number 0121 262 6380
  3. Workers Beer Company – over £1,000 raised by 9 volunteers at Latitude festival. Delegates expressed their thanks. To send: Workers Beer Company letter re Payment £7/hour – issue was raised verbally with Battersea & Wandsworth TUC and WBC at Glastonbury
  4. Gatelodge POA magazine feature on Wolverhampton Workers' Memorial Day
  5. Anthony Molloy, Chair of the Labour Land Campaign to speak on Land Value Taxation Oct 19 – requested via Bro.Marris LP joint meeting – no response from LP, but officers have changed recently send to new ones
  6. £11 sales on Chainmakers stall, £19 also made for Morning Star
  7. 3,250 UK page views on our website last month www.wolvestuc.org.uk; reach of 1,500 on our facebook page in last month
  8. paid: Institute of Employment Rights affiliation renewal £70; Campaign for TU Freedom reaffiliation £35; “SERTUC(Sylvia Pankhurst)” statue appeal £25; £25.25 travel expense request WASPI speaker “Lynn Trannah”; N.Kelleher £52.37 (last month exp +500 envelopes+ream paper +stamps) + £12.99 upgrade to computer system windows 10, currently XP
  9. Burford strike school rally coach tickets sponsor 3 from Coventry via BPTUAA@ £36

 

 

4. Reports:

  1. delegate reports – UNISON - Bro Pugh reported Amey's threat of redundancies shelved on waste and recycling. An Academy trust had introduced performance related pay to on-teaching staff against national condiions. 5 out of 7 day working to be forced on social workers in childrens services.
  2. Bro Brackenridge FBU/LP Council Scrutiny Review of impact of Grenfell disaster locally. 18 blocks with cladding, 6 tested, other public buildings, university accommodation; Heart & Lung centre at New Cross failed.
  3. Bro. Simm, sacked W'ton PCS rep - update on campaign ACAS conciliation ended PCS to take to ET. Meagre offer by civil service. Union Learning rep trained now, national union support continues ad Bro Simm spoken to all sections of PCS. PCS petition re Bob Simm circulated
  4. WBDTUC Secretary's written report spoken to by Bro Kelleher. Demo at Tory conference Sunday 1st Oct – check with UNISPON & UNITE to see if they are putting on coaches then check out transport if needed. Tinplate Workers' plaque to go back up in Civic early September
  5. TUC Pensioners' Network - Bro Deacon circulated written report. Pheonix House, Barrow Tax office saved after campaign as the centre for mesiolothemelia claims. Pension age increased to 68 for those born 1970-76
  6. Palestine Solidarity - Bro. Deacon £290 raised at biggest ever garden party 40+. 4Nov national demo against Balfor Declaration. Local Govt pension funds able to divest from Israel/Occupied Territories going to appeal. Government has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-semitism. UCU has said that this definition conflates anti-semitism with criticism of the state of Israel and has been used to intimidate academics who are engaged in activities that are critical of the policies of the Israeli government but that are not anti-semitic. Noted sad passing of activist Mick Szydlowski who had been doing a sponsored walk for Palestine. Bus driver had one right to wear kefta, active at Shenston stop arming israel. 14 October David Cronin meeting £100 sponsorship agreed.

 

5. NATIONAL CONVERSATION ON IMMIGRATION structured discussion – the results of which will feed into the national debate http://nationalconversation.uk/

  • Diverse local population has grown up together. Integration in schools is key. Academy chains based on religion will cause future harm. Northern Ireland has changed their future based on school integration
  • Wolverhampton & Bilston TUC anti fascist campaign has assisted over the last 17 years to ongoing community relations along with council initiatives in Wolverhampton.
  • Cutbacks and all public services due to austerity means to former support for communities is now hard to meet - meeting places are closed
  • Competition for social housing and school places but immigration used to fill unwanted homes and empty school places
  • Employment rights should include anti exploitation, unscrupulous employers paying below minimum wage and driving down wages; agency employment uses immigration
  • Asylum seekers need the right to work many lose their skills after years of waiting for a decision
  • The effect of immigration on the NHS has been positive; lack of training, no incentive to train when we have immigration for nurses Greece now, before it was the Philippines.
  • Migration is not new always happened; birth rate has lowered, a falling population will need carers in the future. Need planned net immigration to the country, numbers do matter.
  • Term immigration has confused the debate nationally and in media. Often migrants only considered as such if from Eastern Europe or Africa those from USA, Australia, Canada not treated the same or as badly. EU Fortress Europe policy prioritised predominantly white EU citizens over those from the rest of world.
  • Negative remarks from the past that died out before are now being reused
  • Need to reverse reasons for forced migration due to wars that Britain has been involved with. Most migration in the world is due to war and most people move to camps in neighbouring countries with no life.
  1.  any other business Emily Davis Sandwell NUT futures possible speaker

Minutes of Delegate Meeting WB&DTUC - Thursday 15th June 2017

1. Present: Sis Welch & Lamand (UCU), Taylor(UNITE-CYW), C. Simm (PCS), Dugmore (UNISON), Beaumont
Bro. Brackenridge (LP/FBU), Kelleher, Deacon (UNISON Gen), Juss (GMB), Beaumont (NUT), Rahimi (UNITE), Childs (CWU), B. Simm (PCS)
Apologies Bro S.Grant (NUT), J.Grant (UCU), Marris (UNITE), Cole (NUT), Pugh, (UNISON Gen) Sis Weaver (UNISON Gen)

2. Minutes of May Delegate Meeting: agreed, matters arising. 4.11) Bro Marris considering his delegate status since recent retirement. 5b) Sis Heath from Walsall card sent still unwell. 5c) Abortion is a Workplace issue and West Midlands Combined Authority Trades Co meetings - Sis Welch lost notes.

3. no Executive Committee held, correspondence of note:
a) affiliation fees received £200 from UNITE WM/6150. Union branches not affiliated this year that previously affiliated UCU college, NASUWT, PCS West Mercia and CV branches, UNITE-CYW, UNISON Acute, Black Country Health and UNISON University branches. Awaiting fees GMB
b) 19th June 2017 the Midlands TUC moves to 47, Summer Lane, Birmingham B19 3TH temporary telephone number will be: 07824 698383
c) National Conversation on Immigration run by Home Affairs Committee. Thursday 6 July 2017 meeting with local stakeholders Hope not Hate/British Future involvement – Sec to attend.
d) Thompsons photography competition to submit a photograph which shows the human side of why health and safety is important, photos that illustrate why the legislation to uphold health and safety should not be considered a burden or “red tape”, but an essential protection for all. The competition runs until 28 June. Winning entries will be exhibited at the People’s History Museum and share a £5,000 prize. Information at www.thompsons.law/focus open to all with entrants
e) PCS petition re HMRC closures circulated
f) Refugee Week Monday 19 June 6pm Wolverhampton Amnesty are putting on the film Fire at Sea. tickets from Lighthouse WV1 1HT only. Amnesty Garden Party on Sunday 9 July 2-5pm 23 Newbridge Street, WV6 0EE
g) Workers Beer Company – Glastonbury arrangements – meeting has been held with volunteers. Payment is £7/hour again this year. Sec to write to Battersea & Wandsworth TUC re NMW
h) Labour Land Campaign – agreed to invite speaker
i) 1,600 UK page views on our website last month www.wolvestuc.org.uk; reach of 2,400 on our facebook page in last month
j) To pay: Campaign for TU Freedom reaffiliation £35 “SERTUC(Sylvia Pankhurst)” statue appeal £25 ; £25.25 travel expense request WASPI speaker “Lynn Trannah”. N.Kelleher £22.49 (last month exp +500 envelopes)

4. Reports:
a) delegate reports – Bro Brackenridge (member of our local fire authority) spoke on the Grenfell Tower fire in Britain's richest borough Kensington. Significant loss of life yet to be fully determined. Extraordinary damage to flat. Cladding should have had self-contained areas. Fire Service advice to stay in flats as they should withstand 3 hours fire, communal areas should be free from any flammable material; paint in communal areas should be non flammable; communal staircases enclosed with non-flammable building structure. Stairwells not suitable for mass evacuation. Cladding has been heavily criticised by the Fire Brigades Union for many years the worry for this block is that wood and polystyrene behind zinc(turned out that aluminium was used) may have acted as a chimney on the external cladding that had been put in. Retrofitting of water sprinklers does not seem to be a priority in tower blocks where there are poor and vulnerable residents in Kensington.
Government is responsible for slashing the fire service budget by 50% in 7 years; inspections and checks down, often taken over by councils who are also under severe cuts; firefighters no longer test dry riser water main valve on each landing in a communal block physically instead a visual inspection is done and the water main not tested. It is possible that builders may cut corners as they know they'll be no checks. There had been so many warnings regarding the management of the building by residents that were documented prior to the fire. Wolverhampton homes has done the same tests as Kensington did prior to the fire. Risk Assessments by private companies not fire service. No concierges. Councils unable to spend sales monies on repairs. Bro Brackenridge to speak to Wolverhampton Tenants Federation.
b) Bro.Simm PCS – his appeal against sacking was lost but there was a superb demo outside which could be heard in hearing. Tribunal on DDA grounds about 3 strikes and out policy to follow, national campaign in support he'd spoken to all PCS groups.
c) Secretary report – Bro Kelleher written report circulated.
d) TUC Pensioners' Network - Bro Deacon, next meeting 12 July.
e) Palestine Solidarity - Bro Deacon 30+ at Queen Sq vigil about hunger strike which won concessions and was ended but had no BBC coverage. Garden party Sun 16 July. Local Government Pensions Fund ethical investment court case ongoing. Israel are witholding taxes taken on behalf of Palestinian Authority.

5. General Election discussion Eleanor Smith from UNISON was elected in SW, 3 Labour MPs in Wolverhampton. Nationally it felt like a victory for Corbyn and Labour is already significantly ahead in the polls just weeks after the election. DUP heavily criticised as homophobic, anti abortionist, right wing. Notably Emma Reynolds and Pat McFadden's majorities dropped but neither mentioned Corbyn their leader. 40% for Labour; biggest swing since the 1945 Attlee government.
Labour won thanks to Jeremy Corbyn's campaigning during the election period; youth vote; Labour's manifesto was at last different to the Tories it meant something and it took the public's imagination - demonstrates the Labour Party's been out of touch with the working class for many years as suspected. Campaigning info was sent out by trades council when info was found but hard to find.

6. AOB : none

Minutes of Delegate Meeting WB&DTUC

Thursday 18th May 2017

 

1. Present: Sis Taylor(UNITE-CYW), Weaver (UNISON), Lowe (UNITE), Simm (PCS), Smith (UNISON/LP PPC) Bro.Kelleher, Pugh, Turner, Deacon (UNISON Gen), Juss (GMB), Marris, Rahimi (UNITE), Childs (CWU), B. Simm (PCS)

Apologies Bro S.Grant (NUT), J Grant (UCU), Brackenridge (LP/FBU) , Dodd (Community) Sis Welch (UCU) Dixon & Whyte (UNISON Gen),

2. Elections: to Executive Committee no nominations

3. Minutes of April Delegate Meeting: agreed, no matters arising.

4. no Executive Committee held, correspondence of note:

  1. re Newcastle TUC threat of de-registration by TUCJCC; Newcastle TUC thanks for support, resolution of issues expected soon they said. - TUCJCC statement confirming initial response.

  2. Local Waspi Demo' Day on Friday 26/5/17, W'ton 11-1pm

  3. Chainmakers stall confirmed & £100 donation to Midlands TUC received

  4. affiliation fees received £43 from UCU University, £23.70 from Community

  5. re-affiliation forms sent out for final time: UCU college, NASUWT, PCS West Mercia and CV branches, UNITE-CYW, UNITE 6150, UNISON Acute, Black Country Health and University branches. Awaiting fees GMB. Bro Turner agreed to contact UNISON branches. Reported that GMB and UNITE were proving hard to get funds from by other organisations too.

  6. Trades Union Councils national conference preliminary agenda

  7. Amnesty Garden Party on Sunday 9 July 2-5pm 23 Newbridge St, WV6 0EE

  8. Unison Derby branch thanks for our donation for teaching assistants

  9. Sylvia Pankhurst Memorial Committee statue appeal £25 donation agreed

  10. Midlands TUC cultural manifesto; also needs to find a number of workplaces where we can gain access for our commissioned photographers to take pictures of people at work, to create a library of images with real workers not actors.

  11. sent letter of thanks to Rob Marris as MP. Rob thanked delegates.

  12. 2,400 UK page views on our website last month www.wolvestuc.org.uk ; reach of 3,600 on our facebook page in last month (519 people linked). The 1st May facebook page (157 people linked) had 30,000 reach, (paying £27 for adverts over 2 weeks which generated 23,000)

  13. Cyber attack on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stopped after a week, Leftspace assisted

  14. £25.25 travel expense request WASPI speaker Lynn Trannah; Sold £11 our merchandise on May Day stall; Paid: £3 ream paper; £5.50 & £4 parking WMDay

5. Reports:

  1. delegate reports – UNISON 25% cut, 40 jobs in Waste & Recylig announced due to cuts to food and garden waste collections and to weekly services. Wednesfield High School 15 FTE jobs and 5 teachers to go, school still full and in special measures already. Debts had been paid by council so it could Academise. www.schoolcuts.org shows affect of Tory staff funding formula cuts.

  2. Midlands TUCs conference Sis Dixon & Sis Taylor attended. Sis Taylor reported there had also been a Wolverhampton visitor from NUT though NUT national speaker did not come. 16 delegates not all adhering to proportionality rules, motions passed had nowhere to go to. Sis Heath from Walsall TUC was ill – card sent to her from delegates.

  3. Abortion is a Workplace issue and West Midlands Combined Authority Trades Co meeting - Sis Welch not present to give reports, will put written reports on website

  4. Secretary report – Bro Kelleher written report circulated. Bro Juss reported that Workers Memorial Day got good Ex & Star coverage but a couple of days later – see video on www.wolvestuc.org.uk

  5. TUC Pensioners' Network - Bro Deacon. Cridland report raising pension age to 68 by 2030s and 70 by 2050s. Lack of TU response so far. Bro Marris reported that life expectancy had dropped in Britain for first time in modern years, people may not reach pension age in future.

  6. Palestine Solidarity - Bro. Deacon – 30 attended meeting on 12 May. PSC event 19 May in solidarity with hunger strikers 5-6pm Qu Sq, WBDTUC bringing PA. Garden Party Sat 15 July. PSC letters to candidates via their website.

    h) General Election 8 June – Eleanor Smith Labour candidate for Wolverhampton SW (UNISON) was welcomed by delegates. She addressed meeting and

  7. sought help for voter registration campaigning following weekend.

    6. at 8pm: speaker Bob Simm sacked senior W'ton PCS rep from Civil Service and member of PCS Ministry of Justice Exec. New inflexible attendance procedures being used to penalise staff and especially reps. Petition to re-instate and change policy. Forthcoming appeal hearing – offers of support from delegates of different unions. Book and badge presented.

    7. AOB : none

Minutes of Delegate Meeting WB&DTUC

Thursday 20th April 2017

1. Present: Sis Taylor(UNITE-CYW), Dixon, Dugmore & Whyte (UNISON Gen), Lowe (UNITE), Kirkpatrick (UNISON W.Mids Community) Bro.Kelleher, Deacon (UNISON Gen), J Grant (UCU), Rahimi (UNITE), Childs (CWU), J.Goodall (UNISON Walsall), Brackenridge (LP/FBU)

Apologies Bro S.Grant (NUT), Pugh, Turner (UNISON), Juss (GMB) Marris, Page, Boodis (UNITE), Grant (NUT) Sis Welch (UCU)

2. Elections: to Executive Committee no nominations

3. Minutes of March Delegate Meeting: agreed. Matters Arising: 3) TUC Dying to Work launch believed to be 25 April at Civic but we have not been invited. 4h) Birmingham Keep NHS Public speaker re local STP to contact.

4. Executive Committee inquorate, correspondence of note:

  1. Newcastle TUC re threat of de-registration by TUCJCC - letter wrtiten to TUCJCC rep

  2. Chainmakers stall & donation to Midlands TUC £100 agreed and sent; stall booked Sat 1 July Cradl;ey High St 11-5pm

  3. Shrewsbury 24 affiliation received speaker confirmed for our 21 Sept meeting announcing result of Criminal Case Review Commission

  4. 2017 Affiliations to WBDTUC: fee £50 from CWU, £432.40 Unison Gen, UCU University form received. Awaiting fees GMB, UCU University, Community Craft. Visited UNISON University and Unite office re ex-Ucatt branch also their office. Unison W.Mids Community (ex-CVS) is branch of our speaker this month.

  5. 10 branches still to affiliate – forms continue to be sent out: UCU college, NASUWT, PCS West Mercia and CV branches, Community Region 4 associates, UNITE-CYW, UNITE 6150, UNISON Acute, UNISON Black Country Health and UNISON University

  6. Questions answered and help offered to potential Aberystwyth TUC

  7. Trades Union Councils development fund 2017 £300 available. Proposal for computer training - survey to be designed and sent

  8. Morning Star online offer to TUCs of 10 annual subscriptions £500 instead of £2000 – to contact re potential use in libraries

  9. Workers Beer Co 7 places@ Glastonbury & 13 Latuitude (1 vacant)

  10. Paid: Leftspace invoice for webhosting – £70; WM CND £15 reaffiliation; £24.91 spent on stamps; £44.77 for 1,000 A4 colour flyers Workers Memorial Day £82.88 spent on stamps; £3.50 paper; £2 parking refunded to Action for Rail activity volunteer; POBox renewal £318

  11. sent £50 donation UNISON Derby City -teaching assistants dispute settled ten-month campaign of strike action over pay and working time. They voted none-to-one to accept the latest offer from Derby City Council and end the dispute which has led to school closures. Changes imposed by the council last June meant staff lost up to £6,000 a year as their contracts were reduced from 52 to 44.5 weeks a year, while weekly hours were also increased from 32.5 to 37 with no extra pay. The settlement involves compensation payments to some of the worst-hit workers from a £2m fund and a new flexible 52-week contract for all support staff.

  12. 3,600 UK page views on our website last month www.wolvestuc.org.uk ; post reach of 3,900 on our facebook page in last month. Cyber attack - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. been receiving 100+ spam emails/minute since

5. Reports:

  1. delegate reports – FBU West Midlands fire Authotity consultation discussions concluded, government wants Police Commissioner to take over Fire Authority, staved off so far. Increasing Telecare non-fire-related work being taken on.

  2. West Midlands Combined Authority Trades Co meeting - Sis Welch to present at May meeting

  3. TUC Pensioners' Network - Bro Deacon. Cridland report raising pension age to 68 by 2030s and 70 by 2050s. Lack of TU response so far.

  4. Abortion is a Workplace issue - Sis Welch to present at May meeting

  5. Secretary report – written report circulated. Joint work with RMT Save our Gaurds campaign had drawn praise from Midlands RMT Sec Ken Usher. Workers Memorial Day on 28th fully organised. Midlands Annual Conference of Trades Union Councils Sis Taylor and Sis Dixon to attend.

  6. Wolverhampton May Day Committee - 1st May plans – Bro Kelleher. PCS Regional Sec requested speaker at May Day Bob Simm, local sacked rep. Was raised that no PCS affiliations this year from the 3 known local branches, Andrew Lloyd following up. 1st May - appeal for funds for May Day Committee £1,300 costs (£725 donated so far) 2,200 homes leafleted in 12 volunteer-hours so far 2,400 to go, Saturday 10am, Sunday 10-30am @Pegasus; help for setup needed. 2-week Facebook advert@£2/day planned to generate 2,000 views/day

  7. Palestine Solidarity - Bro. Deacon - Filmshow on 12 May. Boycott, Disinvest, Sanctions (BDS) campaigners deported at Israeli airport – no comment from UK government. Several thousand Palestinians on hunger strikes. Israel has moved many into solitary confinement.

    6. at 8pm: speaker Becca Kirkpatrick (UNISON West Midlands Community branch) on the hot topic of Universal Basic Income

    A universal basic income is an income paid to individuals, as a right of legal residence, without means testing or requirements to work. The payment is non taxable and should be sufficient to cover basic needs. Everyone who qualifies for the payment will receive it from birth till death. Having a basic income in place will provide a secure floor for people to build on rather than a safety net with holes so big many fall through. High housing costs main problem for low incomes, UBI may not address this. Would need to be set at least pesion rate for pensioners. UBI support from right wing based on abolition of benefits system. Lot still to be worked out, it would be a medium/long term policy development. Pilot projects taking place in Fife, Scotland and around the world. Donation of £50 made to Basic Income UK and copy of our history to speaker.

    7. AOB : DWP office in Barrow in Furness threat of closure – is national mesothelioma claim centre; Bro Deacon circulated model letters.

Minutes of Delegate Meeting WB&DTUC

Thursday 16th March 2017

1. Present: Sis Taylor(UNITE-CYW), Welch (UCU) Weaver & Whyte (UNISON Gen) L.Tranah & Barbara & Lynette from WASPI Bro.Kelleher, Pugh, Deacon (UNISON Gen), J Grant (UCU), Rahimi (UNITE), Tranah

Apologies Bro S.Grant (NUT), Turner (UNISON) Childs (CWU), Juss (GMB)

2. Elections: Paulette Whyte (UNISON Gen) elected to Executive Committee, other positions vacant – put on next agenda

3. Minutes of February Delegate Meeting: agreed. Matters Arising: 3) TUC Dying to Work was agreed at February Cabinet meeting of council. Launch believed to be 25 April at Civic but we have not been invited. 4d) Depositing Wolverhampton worker in Wolverhampton City Archives on permanent loan tomorrow. 4h) Birmingham Keep NHS Public speaker re local STP Bro Deacon to forward contact. 8) Wolverhampton University of 3rd Age https://u3asites.org.uk/wolverhampton/page/36722 8) deadline missed for input into Labour Industrial Strategy.

4. Executive Committee Report

  1. affiliation received from UNISON General Wolverhampton branch, 14 branches still to affiliate – forms continue to be sent out.

  2. NHS demo about £100 received from ticket sales and £319 from UNISON for half of tickets – cost to us around £200 to subsidise rail tickets.

  3. future speakers – Becca Kirkpatrick (UNISON CVS branch) will speak at April meeting on Universal Basic Income

  4. Correspondence of note

  1. national March against Racism March 18th

  2. Following recent developments a further briefing to keep trades union councils up to date with information on the TUC engagement with the WMCA. 25th March Birmingham – Sis Welch to attend and give reportback.

  3. NUT Gen Sec letter seeking support for education cuts campaign – see www.wolvestuc.org.uk 600 attended a demo in Shrewsbury earlier in month.

  4. Newcastle TUC re threat of de-registration by TUCJCC – agreed to write letter complaining of TUCJCC action taken without procedure, that de-recognition is an unhelpful threat and lack of right to present case/appeal.; may add to remarks later.

  5. Trades Union Councils development fund 2017 £300 available. Proposal for computer training from Leftspace suggested.

  6. UCATT UE 191 branch has closed due to merger with UNITE – no contact for new branch – copy to Bro Baker UNITE.

  7. 1st May appeal for funds for May Day Committee £1,300 costs (£200 pledged so far) £250 donation agreed.

  8. Morning Star online offer to TUCs of 10 annual subscriptions £500 instead of £2000- Bro Deacon suggested we ask if we can us to supply to local librarie since they no longer take newspapers.

  9. Liberating Art GFTU backed 3-5 Nov 17 not in Stone moved to Exeter – on www.wolvestuc.org.uk

  10. WM CND £7 reaffiliation request; £15 agreed; £24.91 spent on stamps; £44.77 for 1,000 A4 colour flyers Workers Memorial Day – awaiting councillor to speak confirmation before printing; Leftspace invoice for webhosting – queried as unclear

  11. 2,900 UK page views on our website last month www.wolvestuc.org.uk post reach of 1,150 on facebook in last month the #heartunions activity also reached 1,200.

6. Reports:

a] delegate reports: UNISON newly elected degate Bro Shabir Hussain had been unfortunately been taken ill, best wishes for recovery and hope to see him as delegate in future. Send letter looking forward to active involvement when fit and well.

b] Midlands TUC AGM - Sis Welch spoke to written report which she had produced – see http://wolvestuc.org.uk/index.php/6-articles/general-documents/841-tuc-midlands-region-annual-conference. £50 agreed donation to Derby Teaching assistants – 9 days of strike ACAS required. She had not taken part in ballot and went as observer since our delegate place rejected verbally by Regional Secretary and motion rejected by MTUC EC but no written retraction of last correspondence which granted us delegate and right to submit motion. Sec to write to MTUC .

c] Secretary – written report circulated. Workers Memorial Day - Chris Pugh unable to speak due to UNISON H&S meeting at same time.

d] Palestine Solidarity – national chair of PSC barred from Israel – online letter protests

7. speaker: Lynn Tranah on behalf of new local group of Cannock, Stafford and Wolverhampton WASPI, Women Against State Pension Inequality. Raising the pension age was the fastest £500 billion ever raised by the governmentand paid for banks' economic crisis. 150 local groups formed in 2 years of the campaign that fights the injustice done to all women born in the 1950s affected by the changes to the state pension law (1995/2011 acts) riasing pension age for women from 60 to 68 and to achieve fair transitional state pension arrangements. They raise awareness and offer speakers. 3.5million affected, about 12,000 in Wolverhampton. Two Parliamentary debates and support from 120 MPs. Contributions below age of 21 were not counted. Pension ages can be checked on the www.waspi.co.uk website. Stall at May Day. £100 donation was agreed.

8. AOB : none

Minutes of Delegate Meeting WB&DTUC
Thursday 16th February 2017

1. Present: Sis Taylor(UNITE-CYW), Welch (UCU) Bro.Kelleher, Everall, Deacon (UNISON Gen), J Grant (UCU), Childs (CWU), Rahimi (UNITE), Juss (GMB)
Apologies Bro S.Grant (NUT), Turner, Pugh (UNISON) Sis Dixon, Whyte, Weaver (UNISON)

2. deferred.section 5a-5e of AGM Elections: Nominations received from Wolverhampton General UNISON and Sandwell General UNISON branches.
Elected Secretary - Nick Kelleher, President Marie Taylor Unite, Vice President Rob Marris Unite, Treasurer John Grant UCU.
Executive Committee positions vacant – put on next agenda

3. Minutes of December Delegate Meeting: agreed. Matters Arising: 3h) TUC Dying to Work report now to go to February Cabinet meeting of council.

4. Executive Committee Report
a) RMT, NUT, UNISON West Mids Police staff, FBU affiliations and cheques; only other affiliation forms received: ASLEF, Sandwell UNISON, UNITE Faith workers, UNITE WM 6151 NULMW, Community Craft and Musicians Union donation. 15 still to affiliate – forms continue to be sent out.
b) NHS demo 4 March 27xtrain tickets bought (7 sold), UNISON General to have half; paid £23.50 each - sell at £10 waged on website,
c) Bro Deacon congratulated on Attendance Allowance campaign victory – put on website
d) Wolverhampton Worker – spoke to Mayor's office who seem keen to have something on display. Archives approached with new proposal. will deposit after 11 March
e) 17th March - Mary Macarthur Lecture by campaigning, award-winning journalist, Ros Wynne-Jones 7pm @Theatre in St. Michael’s High School, Curral Rd, Rowley Regis, B65 9AN. A buffet will be served. Register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
f) Future of TUC Education Midlands Region Briefing 11am on 20th February at Maple House, 150 Corporation Street, Birmingham, B4 6TB.
g) Sun 12th March The MAC, Birmingham play 'Dare Devil Rides To Jarama' about 1930s fight for better wages in sport and joining the International Brigade to help the people of Spain fight fascism email going out to 435 of our contacts on 19 Feb
h) Ex&St report on possible future closure of West Park hospital – no more details contact UNISON Black Country Mental Health branch. STP for Black Country – seek future speaker. There may also be Patients' groups.
i) sent: Access Underwriting Ltd £190 our public liability insurance renewal

5. a) observer for each TUC conference no nominations –noted
b) Trades Union Councils Annual Conference delegate no nomination – noted

6. Reports:
a] urgent delegate reports: none
b] Secretary – written report circulated. Heart/love unions week big box of leaflets and freebies for stall received from Midlands TUC (asked to write and thank); posters made up, stalls given free: Sat 11 Feb @Wednesfield (6 volunteers UNISON, GMB, UNITE, UCU), Sun 12 Feb@Bilston market (7 volunteers UNISON, UNITE, UCU) 250 red carnations in holders (cost £115) given out with join a union leaflet. Photographs taken and put on Facebook and website. Snow and rain but went well engaged with all people.
There had been a small anti-Trump protest in Queen Sq last week by Black Country Stand Up to Racism and UNISON University, though no union speakers listed for rally. Discussion – Trumps politics not dissimilar to what Clinton would have been but very offensive against women, racist remarks, anti-Palestine emerging. Not Muslim ban but political ban of 7 Muslim countries not related to terrorism or ongoing warfare but countries that Trump did not have business links with.
c] TUC Pensioners report – none
d] Palestine Solidarity – no report

7. speaker: Warinder Juss GMB, Thompsons (trade union) Solicitors spoke on the latest attack by this Tory government on access to justice and the rights of working people who sustain injuries due to their employers’ negligence. Currently…If you are injured and it’s not your fault any legal fees, for a lawyer to fight for you to get back any wages you have lost and damages for your injuries, are paid by the person responsible for your injuries. This is your right. The government wants 95% of people injured at work and elsewhere (1 million per year) to be left with no funding for legal help. Personal injury claims only. The government plans to strip you of this right by increasing the small claims limit. To £5,000. If your injury claim falls below the new small claims limit, you will have to pay for your own legal fees. In future If you are a victim of injury – anywhere, including at work – you will have to pay for the legal help you need, and deserve, from your compensation or fight the insurers on your own in your own time. Result will be insurance companies get extra £200million annual profit and the NHS will lose a lot of income generated by insurance company claim backs. It is expected that accidents would also increase since employers may not see H&S improvements to be reasonably practicable unless they would prevent injuries costing £5k+. Whiplash claims to require 6month injury.
8. AOB : University of 3rd Age – is there a Wolverhampton group – check.
Bro Childs is Chair of Wolverhampton Pensioners Convention.
Labour industrial strategy consultation to trades union council deadline ends tonight. Comment on TU Education and personal injury claims.
Trades Union Council conference survey to send in