Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council
Delegate Minutes Thursday 21st June 2018

1. Present:Sis Taylor(UNITE), Jones (RMT), Simm (PCS) Bro Smith (RMT), Grant (UCU), Kelleher, Foxall, Baker (Unite WM6150) Rahimi (UNITEWM5103), Childs (CWU), Brackenridge LP/FBU, 

Apologies Martin (MU) Simm (PCS), Marris (UNITE WM6150), Deacon, Pugh, Cooper (UNISON City) Sis Ceresa, Whyte, Dixon (UNISON City)

2. Delegates stood for a minute silence in memory of Bro Stuart Grant of NEU-NUT followed by tributes; Stuart had been delegate from NUT for around 15 years and had always stood up against incidences of racism as well as our anti-bnp campaigns.

3. Minutes of May delegate Meeting agreed; Matters Arising: letter to be drafted to police for use if far-right come to Wolverhampton again.

4. EC report discussed with correspondence of note:
a) 2018 affiliation RMT received and two new delegates were welcomed and thanked for moving their meeting date to encourage attendance as previously clashed.
b) from UNITE WM Reg Sec re intention to affiliate en bloc at £500/yr – awaiting lists of branch delegates. BACS details supplied
c) NHS demo Sat 30 June UNITE the union are offering FREE coach seats
d) UNITE - “Tackling the Housing Crisis with publicly owned construction direct labour organisations” - book and author Tony O'Brien (UNITE) agreed to speak Thurs 19 Jul, flyer produced – agreed to purchase 15 books to distribute at meeting. Bro Brackenridge to invite councillors. Could delegates circulate please?
e) Workers Beer company – no places for Labour Live due to collapse of ticket sales
f) WMCND re-affiliation £7+£8 donation agreed
g) Evening with Dennis Skinner – @Lighthouse 23 June tickets available from WBDTUC
h) Midlands TUC Chainmakers' (7 July) stall volunteers needed
i) LP organising NHS stall in Qu sq and Wednesfield also 7 July
j) Together Against Trump Wed 27 June 7.30pm Darlington Methodist Church School St WV14LF; Qu Sq 'protest' Thurs 12 July 5.30pm; national demo on Friday 13th July 2pm BBC, Portland Place London W1A 1AA coach from Unite 9.30 Faukland St Coach Pk WV1 1JN This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book
k) Tolpuddle festival weekend 20-22 July for 4 people,1 car, 2 tents =£65ea go Fri return Mon + beach visit, no work! – anyone interested?
l) 1,400 UK page views on our website this month, www.wolvestuc.org.uk; 200 reach on Facebook
m) sent: Institute of Employment rights £50 re-affiliation; CSW Waspi £50 donation + £15 travel expenses ; Midlands TUC £100 donation towards Chainmakers' festival
n) WBDTUC new GDPR Privacy Policy http://wolvestuc.org.uk/index.php/wbdtuc/908-privacy-policy

5. Reports/discussions:
a) delegate reports:
UNITE – W'ton Homes terms & conditions review announced -fight expected; demo at Smethwick Midland Met hospital site where work stopped due to Carillion collapse, 5-30 5th July
PCS - strike ballot started for action over 5% pay claim ends 23 July
RMT -Oxley Sidings maintenance yard, Alstom Traincare Centre, closure announced this week will be a loss of 92 jobs; also four other sites, 200 jobs total. Trains currently terminate at Wolverhampton and are fixed overnight. Safety concerns for future. Support pledged for any campaign. Write to Cnllr Roger Lawrence. Negotiations due for Save the Guard campaign.
UNISON - delegates at conference
LP – reported that officers being challenged more often by councillors. Most cuts already made 40% reduction in gov.grant here only 7% in Oxford. Beaties potential of residential housing/hotel conversion after closure. Retail decline, redevelopment plans locally put on hold after financial crash and developers have sat on future compulsory purchase plots.
b) Midlands Trades Union Councils conference – Bros. Kelleher and Simm attended. 15 delegates, 2 visitors and 7 on panel; no introductions or reports from TUCs only one out of date motion with nowhere for it to go. Redundant conference without purpose or use.
c) WBDTUC Secretary's report – written report discussed
d) Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity – garden party on 8 July

 

6. speaker at 8pm: FBU West Midlands strike mandate – Cnllr Greg Brackenridge FBU, on WMids Fire Authority and National Fire Safety Scrutiny Group spoke.
9:1 in favour of strike over 5 key points, 80% turnout - FBU says the new contracts are exploitative of the newest employees in the fire and rescue service. It would mean firefighters entering the service would have to take on any work the service dictates outside the agreed role of a firefighter and the employer would make these changes without negotiation with the union. The contracts would allow the employer to unilaterally change the work of firefighters at any time breaching nationally negotiated agreements with the union.
Ancillary staff trained online to cover fall response that FBU refusing; some cleaners paid £47k last year.
1947 Act specified levels of fire appliances which should attend each type of fire and in what time; removed by Tories. Since 2010 40% cut, 250 less firefighters in Wmids, 1150 remain; only 350 on duty at any one time across region. Increased use of retained firefighters without a station meaning call times can be 20 not 5 minutes. Non attendance at suspected false alarms; inspections cut; smoke alarm campaign cut; advice to government on building safety such as Grenfell now with a private company. Non-fire retardant cladding would not have been fitted to New Cross Heart & Lung Centre if Fire Brigade involved.
Since election new LP councillors on Fire Authority change of political direction and expected that FBU campaign could be successful. Suspensions and 2 dismissals of FBU activists still outstanding. Write offering support to Andrew Scattergood.

 

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council

Delegate Meeting Minutes Thursday 17th May 2018

 

Delegates welcomed & introductions made by delegates & visitors.

1. Present:Sis Taylor(UNITE), Whyte, Dixon (UNISON City) Simm (PCS) Bro Deacon, Pugh (UNISON City) Beuno (Sandwell UNISON), Marris, Taylor, Kelleher Foxall, Baker, (Unite WM6150) Rahimi (UNITEWM5103), Simm (PCS), Childs (CWU), Brackenridge LP/FBU, Chaffer (UNISON B'ham MH Trust)

Apologies Bro Grant (NEU-NUT), Grant (UCU), Juss GMB, Martin (MU) D Cross

2. Minutes of April delegate Meeting agreed. Matters Arising 2.10 no progress with Helen Pankhurst 2.11 no meeting yet arranged with police re last summer's anti-fascist counter demo. 4a Sis Simm PCS Bro Brackenridge FBU elected as Labour councillors along with Sis Hibbert UNITE non-attending delegate. Congratulations made to all.

3. Correspondence of note

  1. 2018 affiliation still only 14 branch affiliations received GMB X13 and UNISON Police staff this week plus ASLEF, Community W'ton Craft, CWU, FBU, Musicians Union, NEU-NUT, UCU University,UNISON Sandwell General, City of Wolverhampton UNISON, UNISON Acute (New Cross), UNITE Faith workers, UNITE WM6150.
  2. no further response from: NASUWT, PCS, RMT, UCU College, UNISON University, UNISON WM Community, UNITE-CYW, Unite Community(WM5103) nor WM6151 branches.
  3. TUC March and Rally 12th May 2018 income £55 for 6 of 9 train tickets
  4. May Day Committee donation from WBDTUC £250 agreed Latest donations received £100 UNISON West Midlands and TUC Development grant £300 from Midlands TUC £1,800 final cost raised now
  5. Institute of Employment rights £50 re-affiliation agreed
  6. 18 May this Friday Palestine rally – Stop Gaza Massacre 4-30pm-6pm Qu Sq
  7. TUC Midlands Region Trades Council Conference, to be held on Saturday 19 May. Bro Kelleher delegate, Bro Simm visitor
  8. Birmingham Pride sat 26 May TUC contingent
  9. 2 June Midlands TUC/SUTR anti racism conference 47 summer lane Birmingham b19 3th
  10. Amnesty Garden party June 9th 2-5pm 202 Henwood Rd
  11. annual Orgreave rally sat 16 June
  12. Amnesty film June 18 Lighthouse Human flow 6pm £7/£4.50
  13. Evening with Dennis Skinner – lighthouse 23 June
  14. Saturday 30 June 2018 – another NHS national demo by Peoples Assembly
  15. Midlands TUC Chainmakers (7 July) £100 donation agreed – free stall agreed
  16. Hazards 2018 27-29 July @ Keele
  17. UNITE - “Tackling the Housing Crisis with publicly owned construction direct labour organisations” - book and author invite to speak.
  18. Venezeula Solidarity – current situations FAQ
  19. £5 WBDTUC History book order paid by Nielsen Books. Bought: WMDay wreath £35 parking £5.50
  20. 1,600 UK page views on our website this month,www.wolvestuc.org.uk ; 3,500 reach on Facebook, £19 advertising campaign in last week for 1st May event 2,700 saw advert and 222 made likes/comments/shares etc also done for WMDay 635 saw, 38 engaged for £5
  21. to send CSW Waspi £50 +travel expense

 

4. Reports/discussions: Delegate reports:

PCS Update: Bob Simm gave a general update on his tribunal case with MOJ and that it seems to be moving on albeit slowly.

Labour: Councillor Brakenbridge Gave an update on the Local elections in the city and both he and Clare Simm were congratulated on being elected. There was a general discussion about the poor results in Dudley and Walsall. Bob D commented on how Wolverhampton has seen off the likes of the BNP and UKIP and congratulated the hard work of the TUC.

FBU: Councillor Brackenbridge went on to talk about the upcoming strike ballot within the FBU and the meeting agreed to send the FBU a message of support.

WBDTUC Secretary's report
Nick Kelleher addressed the meeting. TUC Women in leadership was discussed. Congratulations were also made for Unison as many were now talking about stress in the workplace. The meeting discussed stress and how to talk about it in the future. Chris suggested a larger cross union meeting to discuss it.

Nick attended the Mayday event in Handsworth and said it had been a good event however the Birmingham one was poorly put together and poorly attended. Their leaflets were also confusing at best.

Wolverhampton May Day Committee
There was a large and general discussion about the May Day event WBDTUC held at the Pegasus. Well attended and a great success. Music speakers and food all well received.

Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity - Bro Deacon
Bro Deacon spoke about upcoming demonstrations in Queens Square Wolverhampton and an excellent meeting with the Muslim Network. It was also mentioned that there would be further demonstrations outside HSBC Wolverhampton on the first Saturday of each month.

The PSC would be having a stall at the Dennis Skinner event in Wolverhampton as well as a stall with the TUC at the Chain makers event and a Garden party on the 8th of June.

Bro Deacon spoke about the dozens injured and killed on the March Home in Gaza that coincided with the opening of the new US Embassy in Jerusalem. He spoke about the fact the BBC actually reported on it and the juxtaposition of Washington and the protests.

He signposted us to the Palestine Solidarity Website and the email MP feature to get these issues discussed in Parliament.

 

5. speaker at 8pm - Andy Chaffer, leading gay rights campaigner explained terms which cover the different ways people define their gender and sexuality and how shop stewards can help with particular issues that affect LGBTQIAP trade unionists.

6. any other business - Bob Deacon spoke about the Windrush issues and Paula Wilson and mentioned a March happening soon in Wolverhampton.

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council

Delegate Minutes Thursday 19th April 2018



  1. Present:Sis Taylor(UNITE), Whyte (UNISON City) Simm (PCS) Bro Deacon, Everall, Cooper, Pugh (UNISON City) Beuno (Sandwell UNISON), Marris, Kelleher Foxall, Baker, (Unite WM6150) Rahimi (UNITEWM5103), Childs (CWU), Grant (UCU) Brackenridge LP/FBU Clarke (POA ret) + L.Trannah plus 3 WASPI. All introduced and welcomed.

    Apologies Bro Simm (PCS), Grant (NEU-NUT), Juss GMB, Martin (MU) Turner (UNISON City) Sis. Dixon (UNISON City)

2. Minutes of April delegate Meeting agreed. Matters Arising – no application for a blue plaque was formally registered despite national petitions and widespread publicity generated by elements of left inconsistent with trades council's position. UCU Keele sent thanks for £100 hardship fund donation; thanks received – many part time members on low pay; dispute settled after 2 weeks strike.

  1. Correspondence of note

  2. EC followed up with regional offices and contact made with union branches yet to re-affiliate: NASUWT, PCS, RMT, UCU College, UNISON University, UNISON WM Community, UNISON Police, GMB, UNITE-CYW, Unite Community(WM5103) and WM6151 branches.

  3. 2018 affiliation only 12 branch affiliations received CWU, UCU University, UNITE WM6150 this week plus ASLEF, Community W'ton Craft, FBU, Musicians Union, NEU-NUT, UNISON Sandwell General, City of Wolverhampton UNISON, UNISON Acute (New Cross), UNITE Faith workers.

  4. New Deal for Working People - TUC March and Rally Saturday 12th May 2018 London - we have 8 train tickets left and UNISON 12 left,

  5. Battersea & Wandsworth TUC formal reply to our complaint that was resolved.

  6. 5 places requested from Workers Beer Company Labour Live June 16 festival – no places for Tolpuddle (6 had volunteered) – some other festivals still available to volunteer at until 26 April see website

  7. Tinplate workers – response from Co Leader's office – Frances O'Grady declined offer for unveiling of plaque – council waiting until after elections – agreed as 200th anniversary is next year so plan something for then. Maybe invite Gen Sec Community or Len McClusky.

  8. Helen Pankhurst (gr.grand-daughter) +book signing – Fri 6 July suggested eve of Chainmakers –Sis Whyte @ Bob Jones centre. need to report progress back to Midlands TUC – Sis Whyte

  9. Sis Taylor written to arrange meeting with Police Superintendent re last August Britain First rally

  10. TUC re compliance with new General Data Protection Regulations by 25 May – EC to look at.

  11. British Future – report published from W'ton stakeholder meeting – concerns raised; response given

  12. £5 WBDTUC History book order from Nielsen Books - book+invoice sent – check if BACS paid -JG; bought: 2 reams paper £5.98, 48x2nd stamps £27.84, inkstamp £1.19; £330 PO Box renewal to Royal Mail Group Ltd

  13. sent Venezuela Solidarity re affiliation £40 - Bro Marris sought a future debate before next re-affiliation – agreed and speaker to be invited.

    3,500 UK page views on our website this month, www.wolvestuc.org.uk ; 1,900 reach on Facebook, plus £1/day advertising campaign in last week for 1st May event 1,500 saw advert and 105 made likes/comments/shares etc



  1. Reports/discussions:

  1. delegate reports:

    UNITE – very few Carillion claims come in from members; some TUPE, some taken up by new contractors eg prisons and public sector. Ex-UCATT branch now a branch again in UNITE. Local govt. UNITE not accepted pay deal.

    Local govt. UNISON accepted pay deal (Green Book).

    PCS – awaiting May conference to determine further action over pay claim of 5%. Bro Simm ET still awaiting.

    LP – council elections on 3rd May. Delegates Sis Simm and Bro Brackenridge both standing for Labour. Parliamentary selections ongoing.

    FBU – trade dispute with fire authority flexible contracts for new recruits must be withdrawn. 24 April ballot.

  2. WBDTUC Secretary's report – written report circulated.

  3. TUC Pensioners Network Bus Tour campaign - Bro Deacon reported on tour which he is taking part in Skegness to Hereford by bus over 2 weeks. Trade unions representing bus workers given little response. Over 1,000 postcards filled in. In Britain people take more bus than train journeys, yet nationally 1/3rd of funding cut to subsidise half of routes. Most public transport subsidy in London 6x that of NE. Govt. agreed bus pass concessions permanent - was being renewed every 5years.

  4. Workers Memorial Day 28 April – delegates to bring empty shoes to symbolise those whose lives lost.

  5. 1st May Committee report – Donation not yet agreed from WBDTUC. Latest donations received £200 GMB x13, £500 UNITE WM6150, £25 Dorothy Clarke nee Heath (Walsall TUC) £1,285 of £1,943 raised so far. Sent TUC Development grant £300 application to Midlands TUC for May day event. 5,000 homes to be leafleted by volunteers this Sat/Sun at 10-15am Pegasus. Still seeking funds

  6. TUC’s Great Jobs Campaign demo 12 May 2018 train transport WBDTUC train tickets still available.

  7. Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity - Bro Deacon campaigning outside HSBC prior to WMDay.

5. speaker at 8pm Lynn Trannah - latest update from WASPI Wolverhampton, Cannock & Staffs - Women Against State Pension Inequality. Agreed £50 donation plus travel expenses.

  1. any other business - none



Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council
Delegate Meeting Thursday 22nd March 2018 held at Unite Office, Wolverhampton

 

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council

Delegate Meeting Thursday 22nd March 2018 held at Unite Office, Wolverhampton

 

  1. Present:Sis Taylor(UNITE), Aujla (Keele UCU) Welch + visitor(W'ton Uni UCU), Whyte, Dixon (UNISON City) Bro Deacon, Everall, Cooper, Pugh (UNISON City) Marris, Kelleher Foxall, Baker, Taylor(Unite WM6150) Rahimi (UNITEWM5103), Childs (CWU), Simm (PCS) Grant (UCU) Brackenridge LP/FBU all introduced and welcomed Apologies Bro Grant (NEU-NUT), Juss GMB, Martin (MU)

  1. Minutes of delegate meeting 15th February 2018 Approved. Rob Marris updated re Blue Plaque for Enoch Powell. Stated that amongst other things plaques would only be put up to commemorate people who had made positive contributions.

 

 

  1. EC Report and Correspondence.

Nick Kelleher and Bob Simm chosen to attend Midlands Trades Co Council on 19th of May in Birmingham. Possible motion on the Workers Beer Company discussed. To be decided at April meeting.

Paulette White is attempting to make further contact with Helen Pankhurst about speaking at trades council Women's Event. Event date may have to move into the Autumn due to busy summer schedule.

Nick Kelleher reminded members to organise branch affiliations. 9 branches have affiliated in 2018 compared to 25 in 2017. More affiliations mean more delegates and more that trades council can be involved in.

Marie Taylor has been unable to get further contact from Police re the Britain First demo in Wolverhampton last year.

The new computer bought by trades council for use by secretary is up and running with no issues.

Regarding TUC march for New Deal for Working People. Nick has spoken with Adrian Turner from Unison. 9 tickets have been secured at £10 pounds each for people travelling down.

Copies of report from TUCJCC have been printed. It was noted this was the first time a report has actually been put together.

 

  1. Reports / Discussions

Update from Unite of Carillion situation. Unite are trying to get together enough affected members to make a claim for compensation.

Report on the joint meeting between PCS, Unite held at Britannia Hotel Wolverhampton. The meeting was positive but poorly advertised by both Unite and PCS.

Greg Brackenridge updated on behalf of Wolves Labour Group. Council are taking refuse collection back in house and general discussion about effects of Tory cuts on council services.

Secretary Report: Nick addressed meeting. 7500 Leaflets for May Day event ready to print. In mid April leaflets 4000 will need to be delivered throughout Whitmore Reans. May Day event and Workers Memorial Day discussed. Workers Beer Company events also discussed. Volunteers to contact Nick by 28th of March.

Bob Deacon updated the meeting on TUC Pensioners Network Bus Tour. It marks the 10th anniversary of the bus pass scheme and celebrates how good the scheme is. No response yet from any Bus Unions.

Bob Deacon spoke about Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity. Meeting with Emily Davies of Sandwell TUC. Protest outside HSBC went well, another protest is organised for 28th April. HSBC are now talking to the campaign about the issues.

 

  1. AOB No matters arising.

6. Speaker Harjinder Kaur from Keele UCU on pension Strikes and picket line activity at the University.

The Meeting proposed and agreed £100 donation to Keele UCU Hardship fund campaign.

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council

Delegate Meeting Thursday 15th February 2018 held at Unite Office, Wolverhampton

  1. Present: Sis Taylor(UNITE), Simm (PCS), Dugmore Whyte (UNISON Gen) Bro Deacon, Everall, Pugh (UNISON Gen) Marris, Kelleher (Unite WM6150) Foxall, Baker (UNITE), Childs (CWU), Simm (PCS) Edwards, Grant (UCU) all introduced and welcomed
  2. apologies Sis Welch (UCU) Bro Grant (NEU-NUT) Martin (MU) Brackenridge (FBU/LP), Bro Juss (GMB) Rahimi (UNITE Community)
  3. Minutes of December delegate meeting approved. No matters arising.
  4. EC Report and Correspondence.

Discussion about the TUC Great Jobs demo May 12th and whether to book train tickets for delegates. Bob Deacon said Unison would be booking coaches for the event - liaise.

A Discussion about the proposed 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage event. Paulette is in contact with Helen Pankhurst as a possible speaker. Suggested date July 6th, agreed with Midlands TUC as it is night before Chainmakers

The meeting agreed for Nick to use trades council funds to buy a new computer for general use as secretary (up to £400)

The meeting agreed payment for public liability insurance of £223.

Bob Deacon responded to British Future request for former Enoch Powell supporters to interview. Bob felt it was hard to put together, unhelpfully organised and it seemed British Future only wanted white people to respond.

Discussion about the Free Speech on Israel correspondence shared with Wolverhampton Council. The council offered support and the meeting agreed to send congratulations to Roger Lawrence, Council Leader.

  1. Reports / Discussions

Update on Carillion situation. Some contracts and pensions are being taken on by OCS. Stuart responded on behalf of Unite, there had been a low member response to the task force. BAM are re interviewing for posts. Only 5 responses made to the DWP Help line. No enquiries came from the main office in Wolverhampton.

Secretary Report: Discussion about the Express & Star debate on a Blue Plaque commemorating Enoch Powell and the response from Stand Up to Racism, Petition etc. Opinion was expressed that the issue was a non-starter to begin with since .

PCS & UNITE are holding an event with Mark Serwotka speaking in Wolverhampton on 15th of March. Suggested as a joint meeting with Trades Delegate meeting at 18:00, 30 minutes before public meeting. Venue is Britannia Hotel.

Update on Heart Unions event trades council organised. Good turnout from members and Labour Party on both days, flowers handed out, pictures taken with public and MP Emma Reynolds, Markets did not charge fees. Thanks were given to Tim Martin of Musicians Union. Marie moved to thank Nick and Ali for organising flowers. BFAWU not responded to our offer of future street stall after they were unavailable during heartunions week.

Discussion about costs and wages from the Workers Beer Company at festival Events and whether to continue attending. Glastonbury and other festivals charge WBCompany very large fee just for setting up which has increased costs and the re-enumeration for volunteers' work has now fallen below NMW rates.(£7/hr) Not had answer to our points formally from Battersea and Wandsworth TUC -agreed not to work for the WBC/EBC while the rate paid for volunteer work remains below the National Minimum Wage.

After 19 years of our trades union council sending teams to festivals via WBC, the income that have we received from our volunteers' work at festivals has been the main source of our income, over £38k.

Our work as a trades union council involves promoting trade union membership and highlighting illegal employment practices. We are not prepared to be involved in an industry that relies on illegal pay rates. Delegates also discussed their Terms and Conditions:

WBC offers a valuable package to the registered organisations to facilitate their fundraising – for each hour the volunteers work the value to organisations is £10.50,(this includes transport to/from the event, two meals per day and two drinks when their shift has ended and £7.00 directly back to the organisation”.

We believe that this statement may well breach the Employment Rights Act 1996 sections 13-27, the modern successor of the 19th Century Truck Acts.

 

Discussion about Workers Memorial Day on 28th of April. Empty shoes are to be placed for lost workers, Purple Ribbons to be ordered £30 from Gr. Manchester Hazards. Eleanor Smith MP is a speaker.

An Update from the May Day Committee. The meeting agreed to pay Beat Goes Bang to perform, funding to be sought.

Bob Deacon represented Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity, demonstration to be held on Saturday 17th March outside Wolverhampton HSBC.

  1. Meeting agreed to send Paulette and Bob Simm to Midlands TUC AGM 24 Feb as Delegate and Observer.
  2. Speaker Mike Edwards (UCU) spoke on West Park school class of 68 commemorations and the school project West Park Welcomes the World plus events being organised re Rivers of Blood anniversary.
  3. AOB Meeting agreed to uphold decision of not supporting the Anniversary events against Enoch Powell.

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council

Annual General Meeting Thursday 18th January 2018 held at Unite Office, Wolverhampton

  1. Present: Sis Taylor(UNITE), Simm (PCS), Weaver (UNISON Gen), Dugmore(UNISON) Bro Turner, Kelleher, Deacon, Everall & Cardy (UNISON Gen) Foxall, Marris, Rahimi, Baker (UNITE), Childs (CWU), Simm (PCS) Grant (UCU), Brackenridge (FBU/LP), Stoll, Royale (UNISON Dudley), Clarke (POA), Bro Juss (GMB) Caldwick (visitor) all introduced and welcomed
  2. apologies Sis Welch (UCU), Whyte, Brealey (UNISON Gen), Bro Pugh (UNISON Gen) Grant (NEU-NUT) Martin (MU)
  1. Minutes of 2017 Annual General Meeting agreed, no matters arising.
  1. Presidential Address by Sis Taylor – political analysis of last year up to this week's Carillion liquidation. 600 local jobs affected directly. Carillion base here took over Tarmac and Robert McAlpine all blacklisting firms, big Tory donors. Carillion giving big bonuses and dividends but skimping on pension fund and company investment.- written report to be published by WBDTUC on website. Marie resigned as President since her UNITE-CYW branch despite repeated requests to pay affiliation [of £7] had failed to do so, so she was no longer eligible to stand. Vote of thanks for many years service.

4a] Secretary- discussion of Annual Report & Plan for 2018 presented by Bro Kelleher.

Supplementary report for January also discussed - 8 union branches re-affiliated so far including UNISON Acute (New Cross) who had not affiliated last year.

Request from Peoples Assembly for joint statement on Carillion was not taken up since we have no members affiliated from there and it was for their union UNITE to lead.

Invite to organising meeting on 20th January, for half day conference and then a party in Wolverhampton on Saturday 21st April. to discuss racism and resistance 50 years since Powell made his 'Rivers of Blood' speech. Johnson and Lee Barron expected at organising meeting from Midlands TUC.

Delegates endorsed the previous delegate meeting decision not to be involved with events re-linking Enoch Powell with Wolverhampton. The feeling amongst the delegates was that Wolverhampton has moved on and should not constantly be linked to a racist speech made half a century ago, and that a conference proposing "to challenge the narrative that in Wolverhampton everybody supported Powell's ideas" was based on an incorrect assumption – in 1968 there was considerable outrage in Wolverhampton, not least from the Express & Star. The proposed conference was described as "picking at a scab". Send letter and copy to Midlands TUC.

Midlands TUC also involved in Rivers of Love daytime event at venue of speech in Birmingham on 20 April.

b] Treasurer - annual accounts presented by Bro Grant, audited by Bro Turner (UNISON). Votes of thanks to both. £7,500 at start of year, £6,300 at end. Donations £2,530 was higher last year since included donations to Morning Star from festivals 2016 and 2017. Most of our income is derived from volunteer work at festivals, only 30% from affiliation fees. We are yet to receive a reply to our concerns about the £7/hour paid, NMW will be £7.83 by festival time.

  1. Elections: nominations were only received in time from UNISON General branch – thanks given. They had also been made at UNITE WM6150 meeting but not received yet.

a] President - Marie Taylor UNITE-CYW was persuaded by interventions from a number of delegates who praised her work and elected as non-voting as awaiting branch affiliation

b] Secretary elected Nick Kelleher UNITE WM6150

c] Treasurer John Grant UCU elected also awaiting branch affiliation

d] Vice-President elected Rob Marris UNITE WM6150

e] Minutes Secretary elected Bob Simm PCS but as non-voting as awaiting branch affiliation

f] other members of Executive Committee elected Paulette Whyte UNISON General

g] Auditor elected Bro Turner (UNISON)

h] no one proposed or elected as: observer for each conference; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender TUC; Black Workers' TUC; Disability TUC; deadlines not expired; Women's TUC (deadline Jan18).

I] no one proposed or elected as: delegates to Midlands TUC's Inclusion Committee, Regional Womens Committee, Young Workers Network – Bro Deacon already accepted as Pensioners Network delegate

j] no one proposed or elected as: Trades Union Council Annual Conference delegate - half of all trades union councils do not send delegates – all business is through CATUCs.

  1. urgent delegate reports UNITE - Stuart Baker gave report on Carillion which collapsed this week. Appears to be hundreds of divisions and joint ventures of Carillion where Unite has members which are then subcontracted out to other companies and agencies – but Unite office got as many calls from press and MP as members. Cnllr Brackenridge agreed to take up complaint of UNITE with Cnllr Reynolds that unions were being ignored or sidelined – officers using councillors as rubber stamps. Handful of huge companies getting all major government contracts; many were blacklisters and tax avoiders. They have been withholding payments to their subcontractors, Carillion extended payments to 120 days, holding smaller companies to ransom. Still getting government contracts after 3 profit warnings – civil servant overlooking Carillion was not replaced last year when left. Interserve also published profit warnings could end up same way. Publicly funded schools spending with private companies like G4S, Capita and Carillion.No way to run public services. Problems with communication from some UNITE branches maybe cause of lack of affiliations to WBDTUC
  2. NHS Trusts are setting up private companies to avoid tax - UNITE highlighting potential future problems. A lot of private maintenance contracts are currently being taken back into public hands because of cost and performance issues.
  3. UNISON Adrian Turner who is also on West Mids Pension Fund believed shares could be held in Carillion ventures. Carillion involved in several Wolverhampton school PFI projects and workers employed. Ex & Star had reported that council would pay the affected workers wages. Their future employment and conditions are unknown.
  1. speaker arranged from Birmingham UNISON Home Care Workers did not attend meeting. They will be striking 20th Jan with rally in Birmingham and on 6 February. Sis Simm's mother is one of the strikers, being made to apply for own job on worse conditions. UNISON General has made £2000 donations and had delegations speak. Historic strike first after new anti-trade union laws – a lot of work had to be done to follow up members especially since their work has no base and they do not meet, branch did well. Unclear as to current financial need, consider donation at next meeting. Send letter of support. Proposals to make 150 from 350 redundant and introduce 3 split shifts meaning some could be away from home 15 hours per day.
  2. NHS national demo 3 Feb, low take up of Unite coach seats so far from West Brom & Birmingham, leaving 8am - Unite the Union coaches leave 8am from West Brom and Birmingham (Wolverhampton if enough interest) - please contact Sallie O’Prey 0121 647 4832 for reservations