Sat 10 March, Birmingham 1-30 to 4-30pm

TUC calls for national task force on construction and outsourcing firm, Carillion - government sets one up in response

  • Union group calls for risk assessments of other large outsourcing firms
  • TUC to convene crunch talks between unions

 

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

The TUC is holding a national march and rally on Saturday 12 May 2018 in central London.

All workers deserve a great job so everyone has a chance to progress and get on in life.

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TUC highlights ‘childcare gap’ for parents with one-year-olds

The cost of childcare for young children has risen 4.8 times faster than wages in the West Midlands since 2008, according to new analysis published by the TUC.

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National, Local Waspi Demo' Day  Friday 26th May 2017 held in Queen's Square, Wolverhampton

speakers included Lynn Trannah Wolverhampton, Cannock & Staffs WASPI

 

 

WASPI fights the injustice done to all women born in the 1950s affected by the changes to the state pension law (1995/2011 acts) raising pension age for women from 60 to 68 and to achieve fair transitional state pension arrangements. They raise awareness and offer speakers.

A new local group of Cannock, Stafford and Wolverhampton WASPI has been established,

register ready for the next elections

 #HeartUnions - come and join Wolverhampton & Bilston TUC's campaigning in Wednesfield and Bilston to hand out Valentine flowers spread the trade union message as part of a national campaigning week.

TUC’s Great Jobs Campaign/Heart Unions week 2018:

Saturday 10th February Wednesfield High St stall 10.30am -12-30
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Sunday 11th February Bilston Market stall 10.30am -12.30

also tbc activity outside McDonalds, W’ton as part of campaign with BFAWU

The number of employees in the West Midlands with daily commutes of two hours or more has shot up by a quarter (25.6%) over the past five years, according to new analysis published by the TUC.

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

+Report to Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council of latest meeting

New analysis published by the TUC 31 October 2016, shows that the number of people who work night shifts in the West Midlands increased by 22,000 (9%) between 2011 and 2016 to 267,000.

One in eight employees in the region is now regularly doing night work.

 

26-07-2017

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the government’s sky-high tribunal fees are unlawful, accepting UNISON’s argument that the fees are restricting working people’s access to justice.

What’s more, the government will have to refund any fees paid since 2013 — at a cost of about £27m.

The Midlands TUC's Dying to Work Campaign is being taken up nationally. The Dying to Work voluntary Charter now covers around 600,000 workers, with signings constantly taking place across the UK. It is our aim to reach 1 million workers covered by the Charter by the end of 2018.

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SUCCESS - Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council and Wolverhampton General UNISON branch called on Wolverhampton Council to sign up and incorporate the campaign's recommendations into it's employment practice. A report went Cabinet in February 2017 and this was agreed and signed with UNISON and Midlands TUC secretaries Adrian Turner and Lee Barron in April.

 

Workers in the West Midlands did nearly £2.2 billion worth of unpaid overtime last year, according to new analysis published by the TUC (26-2-16) to mark its annual Work Your Proper Hours Day.

The TUC’s analysis of official figures shows that more than 370,000 workers in the region did unpaid overtime in 2015 worth, on average, £5,940 each.

Those working beyond their contracted hours did, on average, 8.2 hours of unpaid overtime a week.

Parliamentary debate on the Shrewsbury 24 documents 9 -12-15 in which Rob Marris MP took part which called the government to release all the files relating to the charges, trials, and convictions of the the Shrewsbury Pickets in 1973/4.  The debate was called in response to the cabinet ‘s decision to withhold documents. The next scheduled review will be in 2021.

Shopworkers' trade union leader John Hannett has welcomed reports that the Government has put on hold their proposals to devolve Sunday trading regulations to local government.

The Tories anti-union laws, incorporated in the Trade Union Act, including new undemocratic industrial action ballot thresholds came into force on March 1st 2017.

Zero-hours contracts sum up what has gone wrong in the modern workplace, says TUC

Commenting on figures published by the Office For National Statistics, which show that the number of zero-hours contracts being used by employers has increased to 1.8 million.

Workers in the West Midlands did over £2bn worth of unpaid overtime last year, according to new analysis published by the TUC to mark its annual Work Your Proper Hours Day.

The TUC’s analysis of official figures shows that 380,000 workers in the region did unpaid overtime in 2014 worth, on average, £5,846 each.

Those working beyond their contracted hours did, on average, 8.2 hours of unpaid overtime a week.

Keep Wednesbury Workingprotest against 500 jobs cuts

Friday 12th June 2015 solidarity demo To Keep Wednesbury Working

1.30pm assemble for 2pm start at Dixon's Carphone warehose site, Bilston Road, Wednesbury WS10 7JN

 

​West Midlands lowest household income – TUC calls on West Midlands Combined Authority to ‘rise to the challenge’

 

House of Commons library research published January 2018, has shown that the West Midlands is one of the poorest regions in the UK when it comes to household income.

Once housing costs have been stripped out, average household income in the West Midlands is £370, well below the £459 average in the South East, and the national average of £402.

TUC Midlands Regional Secretary Lee Barron said:

 

“These figures demonstrate what we have been saying for years, that the West Midlands has been getting a poor deal and we need to do far more for the people in our region.