Celebrate the Bus - Help Keep the Bus Pass  

April 2018 saw the tenth anniversary of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme, a long-fought–for benefit that brings financial, health and social benefits to older people and disabled people, helps keep bus services viable and reduces congestion and pollution.

But a bus pass is no use unless there are some buses. England saw 500 bus routes withdrawn or reduced in 2016/17. English councils have cut funding for buses by a third since 2010.

 

Union Leaders and Politicians unite to call a halt to HMRC closure in Wolverhampton

Mark Serwotka leader of the biggest civil service union, PCS, Howard Beckett Assistant General secretary of UK’s largest union, Unite, and Wolverhampton South West MP, Eleanor Smith addressed a public meeting in Wolverhampton, (15.3.2018) calling for the government to halt the proposed closure of Wolverhampton HMRC (Tax) office.

100 people attended the meeting held in the Britannia Hotel Wolverhampton. The meeting also heard from Vince Butler one of the employees from HMRC who face losing their job, if they do not accept a transfer to another site.

The Conservative government announced that it was closing 150 Tax Offices, including the Wolverhampton office at Crown house, which employs over 500 staff. Employees will inevitably face redundancy, this office could be closed within the next two years.

The impact on Wolverhampton will be huge with the loss of £millions from the local economy.

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PCS union members were joined by members of WB&DTUC executive committee to petition Wolverhampton on 28-05-17

The Housing Bill passed in parliament on 12th May.  It will not come into effect before April 2017: there are still lots of ways to challenge and fight it, spelt out in the Kill the Housing Bill statement below

The campaign to save Nelson Mandela House, Merry Hill House and Woden and Bradley Resource Centres has been ignored by our Labour council.

"The Unison Petition opposing home closures and outsourcing was almost 5,500 strong and was considered by the petitions committee on the 6th November.
Thank you and well done to everyone that has helped with the petition" Ade Turner Unison Branch Secretary, lead petitioner who addressed the committee.  This was to no avail.

The councils proposals to restructure elderly service provision in Wolverhampton are not based on improving the service but to make financial savings. 
The dismantling of what we believe are excellent services in the pursuit of savings is counterproductive and not in the best interests of the older people of the city .
 

The secret between America and the EU that could have threatened our way of life  is over, for now. 

The deal is called TTIP - short for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and its like a wish list for big corporations.

Health workers went on strike on  Monday 13th October 2014 for the first time in 30 years over pay.
Local Government workers strike of 14 October was suspended awaiting consultation on improved offer
Civil Service workers went on strike 24 hours on Wednesday 15th October 

Ex&Star picture Central Baths

 All 60 councillors were forced to debate the issue when they met on Wednesday 5th February at the Civic Centre and campaigners were out in forceThousands of people signed a petition against the proposed closure of Central Baths which was presented outside the baths to councillors on 14 Jan 2014 by campaigners and UNISON workers.

This new People’s Assembly pamphlet is very useful in winning yet more people to an anti-austerity position, and convincing them that there is a real, practical and achievable alternative. 

In Place of Austerity

 

 https://www.facebook.com/Cutstochildcare is the local campaign Facebook page

A long weekend of disruption by PCS union members, including those in Wolverhampton, is taking place from 5-8 April 2013. 

action for Rail wolverhampton

Commuters across the Midlands faced fresh rail fare increases as they return to work in 2018, now spending up to 5 times as much of their salary on tickets as passengers on the continent, according to new TUC research.

UK workers on average salaries will have to fork out around
11% of their pay to travel from Shrewsbury to Stafford (£318/month).
Telford to Birmingham costs over 6% of pay (£175/month)

By contrast, comparable commutes would cost a mere 2% of the average salary in France, 3% in Italy, 4% in Germany, and 5% in Spain and Belgium.

April 2014 Express and Star poll revealed over 80% of Wolverhampton people believe that the Bedroom Tax should be scrapped now.

 

Councillors back community hubs plan 

TUC organised mass demonstration through central London with a rally in Hyde Park, under the banner of 'A Future That Works'  on Saturday 20th October

Long-serving Wolverhampton Councillor Bob Jones won election for the new Police Commissioner for the West Midlands on November 15th in a 12% turnout.
 
His first decision was to halt privatisation.
 
A decision to privatise was delayed until after the new Police Commissioner elections after extensive campaigning by UNISON & UNITE Police Staff branches.

Plans to hand over essential public services to the likes of G4S (Group Four Security), the company that has let down the British people and threatened the security of the Olympic Games by their inability to recruit security guards from some of Britain's highest unemployment areas, have been halted.