Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council Secretary's Report December 2008 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 23 affiliated branches 18,700 trade unionists

Anti-fascism

We will organise a mass leafleting operation to ensure the fascists are stopped by urging voters to come out and vote for other parties if they dare stand in Heath Town in the new year by-election.
Walsall by-election - anti fascist leafleting helped slash the fash vote to just 90.

The Hope Not Hate dayschool Sat. 7th Feb'09.

Reclaim the Night women-only walk highlighted the campaign against rape and male violence against women.
Our delegates were also involved in the balloon launch at this week's Wolves home game to mark the White Ribbon Campaign.

Union party night (£3 ticket-only entry).
It's directly after the December 18th trades council meeting. Contact for tickets
07932797139

Several delegates got up early to help the RMT distribute postcards to passengers about its campaign to save the Wolverhampton-Walsall rail link.

Wed 17th Dec. 3-30pm sharp, UNISON lobby of council meeting in civic centre regarding council cuts announced. Council service users welcome.

TUC Education
Stewards Stage 1 course will start on Tuesday 27th January 09 and run over 10 weeks
H&S Reps course will start on Wednesday 28th January 09 and run over 10 weeks
in the Community Room City College, Wellington Road site, Bilston.
ENQUIRIES: WEA: West Midlands Regional Office, 4th Floor, Lancaster House, 67 Newhall Street, Birmingham B3 1NQ   0121 237 8120 (9am-4.30pm)

WB&DTUC's 145th AGM
Thurs 15th January ‘09

PCS(Midlands) and CWU(WMids&Worcs) branches have affiliated for 2009.
Affiliations are due from all other branches. Nominations for 2009 officers also due.

Please note change of venue for delegate meeting and earlier 7pm start & 8pm finish

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council Secretary's Report November 2008 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 22 affiliated branches 18,600 trade unionists


Anti-fascism
We distributed 9,500 anti-fascist postcards. The fascist BNP have stood 4 times now in Wednesfied North and twice in Wednesfield S. without success. Their vote has been successively driven back to barely over 300. Thanks to all volunteers.
We will organise a mass leafleting operation to ensure the fascists are stopped by urging voters to come out and vote for other parties if they dare stand in Heath Town in the forthcoming by-election.
HELP NEEDED: Walsall by-election anti fascist leafleting 07941 834125 NOW!

The Hope Not Hate dayschool due on 22nd Nov is now on the 29th in Manchester but focussing on NW euro elections so I do not think it so appropriate for us.

Employment Bill - the United Campaign to Repeal Anti-TU Laws, supported by the TUC, promoted three trade union freedom bill amendments, clauses 1, 2 and 3. WB&DTUC helped with their postcard campaign.
Despite constant pressing from MPs, the Minister for Employment Relations, Pat McFadden MP [W'ton SE], refused to offer even a consultation to address the weaknesses in the law.
A vote was forced on clause 2, relating to proposed new duties on "employers in relation to industrial action ballots". Gordon Brown suffered his biggest Commons rebellion as 45 Labour MPs voted in favour of the amendment, [none of the W'ton MPs].
The United Campaign had assisted in, drafting, and supporting a new clause 6, also promoted by Searchlight. The clause would have given unions the automatic right to expel fascists from their membership. Pat McFadden refused to give any ground on this amendment although this clause was not put to the vote.

Reclaim the Night
Women-only 2mile walk around West Park highlighting campaign against rape and male violence against women.
Saturday 22nd November 6pm

Once again we've organised a union party night (£3 ticket-only entry). It's directly after the December 18th trades council meeting. Contact Secretary for tickets & posters for your branch.


UNISON has launched a campaign to defend victimised local trade unionist & WB&DTUC delegate Andy Goodall (UNISON Health), who has been suspended by New Cross as a result of defending overtime payments by organising nurses to resist introduction of plain-rate overtime. He'll be at our delegate meeting to explain the campaign.

STOP PRESS: we have the pleasure of welcoming two Palestinian trade unionists to our next delegate meeting on 20th November.
They are being hosted by the Walsall-Palestine twinning group.

Secretary's Report
Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council

October 2008 22 affiliated branches 18,600 trade unionists This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HELP NEEDED:
BNP is standing in the October 23rd by-elections in Wednesfield North and Wednesfield South, taking place following the unceremonious exit of the sitting Tory councillors. The fascists have stood 3 times now in Wednesfied North without success. Their vote has been successively driven back since its initial highest point, but it is essential we do not let them get a foot-hold. Wolverhampton Trades Union Council is organising a massive leafleting operation to ensure the fascists are stopped by urging voters to come out and vote for other parties. Our campaign is already underway. We've produced 10,000 anti-fascist postcards.
Remaining October leafleting sessions:
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th @ 10.30am 

Tuesday 14th Wednesday 15th Friday 17th

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th @ 10.30am

PLEASE INVITE ANY H&S REPS TO ASBESTOS IN THE WEST MIDLANDS - 8pm CIVIC CENTRE
THURS 16th OCTOBER

Wed 22 Oct. TUC / Pensioners Convention state pension lobby of Parliament coach from Pipers Row organised by UNISON  554095 for details

WB&DTUC meeting: November - Zapatista Solidarity

Save Sedgley Fire Station - see our website for the online petition

Once again we've organised a union party night. It's directly after the December trades council meeting. Contact Secretary for tickets & posters for your branch.

Secretary's Report
Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council

September 2008

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Saturday 13th Sept. Chainmakers' festival, BCLMuseum + Bay City Rollers !

Wed 17th Sept 7pm Birmingham Council House B1 1BD - Asbestos in the West Midlands - the terrible Truth

WB&DTUC Thurs 18th Sept at the Civic Report-back from the TUC

Council pay dispute some of Britain's lowest paid workers went on strike for 2 days in July because employers are asking them to take a pay cut.
Keep the pressure up & Join the march and rally for local government workers at the Labour Party conference, Manchester
Sunday 21st September
Free coach leaves probably 10am from Faulkland Street Coach Park, (next to Carvers on ring road)

RING NICK TO BOOK SEATS & CONFIRM TIMES 07932 797139
Wed 22 Oct. TUC / Pensioners Convention state pension lobby of Parliament coach from Pipers Row organised by UNISON  554095 for details

We took the WB&DTUC banner on the August demo in Derbyshire against BNP festival:

We have an invite to speak on the Friday evening politics hour on Wolverhampton's WCR FM. where we discuss political issues relevant to the city 7-8pm, date of our choice - volunteers?

A new website has been designed for us by LeftSpace, see www.wolvestuc.org.uk
Please check it out

Provisional future speakers at our WB&DTUC meeting:
October - West Midlands Asbestos Support Group
November - Zapatista Solidarity

Save Sedgley Fire Station - see our website for the online petition

WB&DTUC:
22 Affiliated branches 18,600 affiliated trade unionists

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Class Words – over 40 pages of socialist songs & poems, now available £3 from WB&DTUC (published by Worcester TUC)
 
Tolpuddle 18-20 July – TUC leaflet circulated
 

 
Ask your boss for a free eye test     (TUC leaflet enclosed)
More than a third of workers are unaware of their legal right to a free eye test, while some are too afraid to ask their boss, according to a report
A survey of 2,100 adults by the College of Optometrists showed that one in five were "uncomfortable'' about asking their employer for an eye examination.
Two thirds had never asked for an eye test, with 7% saying there was "no point'' because their boss would refuse. Dr Rob Hogan, president of the College of Optometrists, said: "While computers may not damage your eyesight, they can make already existing problems more uncomfortable. This can include making it difficult to focus or concentrate or causing headaches, blurriness or tiredness. If you work at a computer, you're entitled to ask your employer to provide an eye examination free of charge, and people shouldn't feel uncomfortable or afraid about asking.  If you need glasses to work at the computer, your employer is also obliged to help you towards costs.''

Stop the BNP demo Sat 21st June         £5 Unwaged, £10 Waged 
Coach for demo from Wolves  Faulkland Street Coach Park  8:00am

Public Sector Conference called by Bham TUC, CWU, GMB, NUT, PCS, UCU, UNISON, UNITE Tuesday 24th June 7.30pm Birmingham Council House, Victoria Sq.

22 Affiliated branches 2008 (18,600 affiliated trade unionists)
ASLEF, ASPECT,  ATL, CWU (W.Mids & Worcs), Community(Hall Palm), CWU (Wolverhampton), FBU, GMB X13, NASUWT, NUT, POA, UCU (City College), UNISON General, UNISON Health, UNISON Healthcare PCT UNISON University, UNITE 0758M,  UNITE  5/836, UNITE 5/998, UNITE 3210M, UNITE-CYWU, UNITE 5/748                                not affiliated this year: UCU University
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STOP PRESS:
There will be a motion put to this month’s delegate meeting from the NUT with regard to the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution 

Additional speaker at 19th June WB&DTUC delegate meeting
as we send out this mailing we received a letter from a local young Unite – Amicus member (John Millington) about the government’s 42-day internment plans. He has agreed to come and speak to the trades council this week to put the case against and encourage a debate.

July 17th delegate meeting speaker confirmed as Di McDonald (& Carol Naughton?) Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness Programme, showing Deadly Cargo about Trident transportation through Britain.  They are providing cheese & wine.

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC                   Secretary's  Report        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    www.wolvestuc.org.uk                    MAY 2008 

22 Affiliated branches 2008 (18,600 affiliated trade unionists)
ASLEF, ASPECT,  ATL, CWU (W.Mids & Worcs), Community(Hall Palm), CWU (Wolverhampton), FBU, GMB X13, NASUWT, NUT, POA, UCU (City College), UNISON General, UNISON Health, UNISON Healthcare PCT, UNISON University, UNITE 0758M,  UNITE  5/836, UNITE 5/998, UNITE 3210M, UNITE-CYWU, UNITE 5/748                                Still to re-affiliate this year: UCU University

Fri 16th May, public meeting `Palestine What Now` 7pm, (doors open 6.30 for refreshments) St Andrew’s Church Hall next to Avion Centre, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton speakers Kamel Hawwash , Midlands Palestine Community Association & Christian Aid

TUC Shop Steward courses Stage 1, 10 Tuesdays from 13 May, Stage 2, 10 Thursdays from 15 May, H&S 10 Wednesdays from 14 May @ Wolverhampton College 0121 237 8120

Sat 17th May International Day Against Homophobia, Chamberlain Sq  Birmingham, start 3pm . All welcome. Speakers, and singers and a moments silence. Organised by Midland TUC LGBT Committee

Class Words – over 40 pages of socialist songs & poems, now available £3 from WB&DTUC (published by Worcester TUC)
 

 
Hundreds of local people and activists packed the 14th annual 1st May celebrations in Wolverhampton. It was again the biggest attendance ever.
Thanks to all the trade unions which sponsored it, the performers and volunteers who helped make it work so well.

Tolpuddle 18-20 July spare leaflets available for branches
30 attended the lunchtime Workers’ Memorial Day event although many passers-by also stopped to listen to the speeches. Civic flags were lowered as a mark of respect by the council.

A copy of one of the 8,000 anti-BNP postcards we produced and used in the election, has been enclosed for information.

 Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC                   Secretary's  Report        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    www.wolvestuc.org.uk                    April 2008 

Affiliated branches 2008
ASLEF, ASPECT,  ATL, CWU (W.Mids & Worcs), Community(Hall Palm), CWU (Wolverhampton), FBU, GMB X13, NASUWT, NUT, POA, UNISON General, UNISON Health, UNISON Healthcare PCT, UNISON University, UNITE 0758M,  UNITE  5/836, UNITE 5/998, UNITE 3210M, UNITE-CYWU, UNITE 5/748

Still to re-affiliate this year– please raise with your branches:
UCU City College, UCU University,

TUC Shop Steward courses Stage 1, 10 Tuesdays from 13 May,   Stage 2, 10 Thursdays from 15 May, H&S 10 Wednesdays from 14 May   @ Wolverhampton College 0121 237 8120

Our WEBSITE www.wolvestuc.org.uk is working again thanks to Sis. Halfpenny’s sister.   The software is out of date and so a new site will be developed (it can be viewed at www.wolvestuc.org.uk/new )
Any comments please on updating of OLD site and what could be improved for new site would be appreciated.

Helpers for this year’s May Day event – turn up 6.30pm sharp at Pegasus--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Love Music Hate Racism free carnival, Babyshambles, Tony Benn etc Sun 27th April London, coach from Telford may pick up here if any interest
 Dave 01902 554093 (day)
Get fit this month with the Trades Council!
Free exercise classes every Saturday & Sunday and selected evenings during the weeks up to 1st May.
Planned routes have been produced for 1-2 hour walking sessions in Bushbury North and Wednesfield North wards. Approved bending exercises will be incorporated while small training weights in the form of anti-fascist election leaflets will be provided. Bring a friend or two and you will make new friends as you will go out in groups of 3 or 4. Full tuition and instruction provided.  Light alcoholic refreshment will be available after sessions. 07932 797139 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join up.

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC                   Secretary's  Report        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    www.wolvestuc.org.uk                    March 2008 

Affiliated branches 2008
ASLEF, ASPECT,  ATL, CWU (W.Mids & Worcs), Community(Hall Palm), CWU (Wolverhampton), NUT, POA, UNISON General, UNISON Health, UNISON Healthcare PCT, UNITE  5/836, UNITE 5/998, UNITE 3210M, UNITE-CYWU, UNITE 5/748

Still to re-affiliate this year– please raise with your branches:
FBU, GMB X13, NASUWT, UCU City College, UCU University, UNISON University, UNITE 0558, 


TUC shop stewards courses Stage 1 & Stage 2, & H&S - local venue
Run by WEA 0121 237 8120 to book April courses

APPEAL for HELP re WEBSITE www.wolvestuc.org.uk

Any suggestions for this year’s May Day event, speakers, entertainment? Contact me if you would like to help this year’s Committee.
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Wolverhampton Together Steering Group Meeting
The next meeting has been arranged for March 13th 2008 at 7.00pm

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC                   Secretary's  Report        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    www.wolvestuc.org.uk                    February 2008 

Affiliated branches 2008
ASLEF, Community(Hall Palm), CWU (Wolverhampton), NUT, POA, UNISON General, UNISON Health, UNISON Healthcare PCT, UNITE 5/998, UNITE 3210M, UNITE-CYWU, UNITE 5/748
Welcome back to the POA who have re-affiliated after several years

Still to re-affiliate this year– please raise with your branches:
ASPECT,  ATL CWU (W.Mids & Worcs), FBU, GMB X13, NASUWT, UCU City College, UCU University, UNISON University, UNITE 0558,  UNITE  5/836,


TUC shop stewards courses Stage 1 & Stage 2, & H&S - local venue
Run by WEA  0121 666 6101 to book April courses

APPEAL for HELP re WEBSITE www.wolvestuc.org.uk – I can no longer update it, (though the site is still on the web) – it appears the computer code the site was designed with is no longer fully compatible with the webhost. It needs to be completely redesigned – has anyone got experience with Dreamweaver or Frontpage software who could help initially?

Any suggestions for this year’s May Day event, speakers, entertainment? Contact me if you would like to help this year’s Committee.
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report by Sis Taylor, WB&DTUC Vice –President:
Wolverhampton Together Steering Group Meeting
Both Sis Halfpenny and myself attended the steering group meeting on 31st January 2008.  Sis. Welch was also in attendance, as were representatives from the Labour, Conservative and Liberal groups of the Council as well as from faith groups and the Indian Workers Association.
The Trade Union representatives did stress the fact that we were disappointed that it had taken six months from the initial meeting to call the steering group together.  It was emphasised that this work had to be more than knee jerk reactions at election time to be effective in challenging the BNP and fascism in Wolverhampton.  The Councillors tended to see things in terms of electoral success and Sis Halfpenny strongly challenged them about the number of votes polled being significant.  The work of Wolverhampton TUC in the last local elections was acknowledged.  
No one present had any intelligence of any BNP activity in the City currently.  No one had knowledge that they would be fielding any candidates in the forthcoming local elections.  The representatives pointed out that this was possibly due to splits in the BNP at the moment and that we should not be complacent.
It was agreed that we needed to continue to monitor BNP activity and act strategically.  It was agreed that a proactive campaign to promote diversity and community cohesion was necessary.  It was agreed that challenge to the BNP was necessary and Trade Union representatives promoted the Searchlight approach.  This was emphasised by a priest from Walsall who joined the meeting and basically stated the same thing based on Walsall Together experience. 
Councillor Andrew Johnson was to bring back to the next meeting logo and funding opportunities to develop a programme at the next meeting.  We emphasised Holocaust Memorial Day, May Day and City Show.
The next meeting has been arranged for March 13th 2008 at 7.00pm