December 2006      (NB.AGM is 18th Jan '07)  Secretary's Report WB&DTUC

For all the latest info on local labour movement events, visit www.wolvestuc.org.uk

 2007 WB&DTUC Affiliation forms have been sent to branch secretaries - PLEASE FOLLOW THEM UP AT YOUR BRANCH MEETINGS.

CWU(W.Mids) & UCU(University) have already affiliated for 2007 

M084 Union Representatives Stage 1 (10 Tuesdays from 23-1-07)
M085 Stepping Up -Advanced Stewards course (10 Thursdays from 25-1-07)
M086 Health & Safety Stage 1 (10 Wednesdays from 24-1-07)
M087 Health & Safety Stage 2 (10 Mondays from 22-1-07)
M088 Union Learning Reps (5 Fridays from 26-1-07)

At City Of Wolverhampton College

TO BOOK A PLACE: WEA Office, 78-80 Sherlock Street, Birmingham, B5 6LT. Tel: 0121 666 6101 

We have booked, the night club Sugar on Broad street, for Monday 18th December Union Party Nite.

doors open 8pm ends at 2am

drinks promotions negotiated for Havana Club Cuban rum and cocktails, Carling, J20 and real ale! 

We have taken over the annual party night that UNISON have previously organised, with their agreement. It has been the focus for many council workers and we have engaged the other council unions to broaden the event.

It is a fundraiser for all the unions selling tickets: UNISON, CYWU, NUT, NASUWT, TGWU & UCATT.

2 rooms with different music to cater for all tastes.  includes all the usual cheesy Xmas disco music in the main room with the Red room reggae, revival, RnB etc

Tickets advance only, none on door@ just £3, sales are low so far so need a last push. 

11,000 signatures were collected in the UNISON campaign. the council took the decision to still close Dale House, but keep Underhill open until at least 2009, with Nelson Mandela House and Merry Hill safe for the moment but potentially becoming dementia units in the future. 

Practical solidarity with Iraqi trade unions?
The TUC wants unions and their members to pass on their used mobile phones to the Iraqi trade union movement as an act of 'second-hand solidarity'. The TUC Iraq Solidarity Committee has set a target of equipping every one of the thousand trade union organisers in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan with a mobile phone.

BRING YOUR UNWANTED MOBILE PHONES & CHARGERS  TO THE DECEMBER 21ST DELEGATE MEETING.  Wb&dtuc WILL SEND THEM ON AS A GROUP.

If you don't come, send phones, chargers or donations to TUC Aid for Iraq, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS.

November 2006     Secretary's Report WB&DTUC

For all the latest info on local labour movement events, visit www.wolvestuc.org.uk

Alec McFadden, president of Merseyside Trades Union Council, was almost blinded in a knife attack in front of his two young daughters in their Merseyside home in May. He had coordinated a campaign against the British National Party and his name, picture and address appeared on the Redwatch website together with hundreds of others.

This was just the latest of several attacks on people whose details appeared on Redwatch or other far-right websites that openly incite violence against those who oppose nazism and racism.

Angela Eagle MP in a Commons debate urged ministers to take action against Redwatch, pointing out: "There appears to be a pattern of violence which is aimed at individuals who are targeted by this website which cannot simply be a coincidence. ... Hate websites do not deserve the protection of the principles of freedom of speech when they seek to prevent others from exercising their democratic rights."

Most of the people who run the hate websites and provide information to them live in the UK. The authorities have been repeatedly informed about Kevin Watmough and others but no action has been taken. Watmough, a veteran nazi, runs Redwatch as well as the Blood and Honour site, which offers advice on how to make bombs similar to those used in the terror attacks of 7 July.

Demand action to shut down the peddlers of hate by writing to the Home Secretary. We also have postcards available.

Women & Pensions, SW LP Women's Forum - Fri Nov 17th 7-9pm, Friends Meeting house, 8b Summerfield rd, Chapel Ash

M084 Union Representatives Stage 1 (10 Tuesdays from 23-1-07)
M085 Stepping Up -Advanced Stewards course (10 Thursdays from 25-1-07)
M086 Health & Safety Stage 1 (10 Wednesdays from 24-1-07)
M087 Health & Safety Stage 2 (10 Mondays from 22-1-07)
M088 Union Learning Reps (5 Fridays from 26-1-07)

At City Of Wolverhampton College TO BOOK A PLACE: WEA Office, 78-80 Sherlock Street, Birmingham, B5 6LT. Tel: 0121 666 6101 

Anti-privatisation march & rally: several hundred people joined, linking Older Peoples Homes & Danesmore School with NHS campaigns. We got very positive coverage on WM, Wolf, Beacon & Saga Radio. Ex&Star, Morning Star, Adnews, & BBC Midlands Today. Went very well. Very lively and loud and brought Wolverhampton Centre to a halt.

Amicus petitions, Save British Manufacturing, need to be returned by 17th November

2007 WB&DTUC Affiliation forms have been sent to branch secretaries - PLEASE FOLLOW THEM UP AT YOUR BRANCH MEETINGS

October 2006    Secretary's Report     WB&DTUC

For all the latest info on local labour movement events, visit www.wolvestuc.org.uk

 

TU branches affiliated for 2006, (12,800 affiliated trade unionists):

Amicus-GPM, Amicus 3120M (Craft), Amicus 0758, ASLEF, ASPECT, Community(Hall Palm), CWU(W.Mids & Worcs), CYWU, FBU, GMB X13, NASUWT, NATFHE (University), NUT, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, TSSA, UNISON General, UNISON PCT

 

Saturday 21st October 9.30-4.30pm  - Latin America dayschool org. by UNISON but open to all trade unionists -Carrs Lane church rooms, Birmingham Centre.  speakers and workshops on Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba and Banana-link   FREE LUNCH !  register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

March & Rally in Wolverhampton
WB&DTUC has been asked by UNISON to help organise a march & rally in protest against continued cuts in NHS services and jobs. Our Region which has suffered from hospital closures, mass compulsory redundancies, reductions in beds, down grading, cuts in services and privatisation.

Residents, families, supporters and workers from the four Wolverhampton Council Older Peoples Homes will join the march. 10,000 signitures have been collected so far and the council has extended the consultaion period to early November.

Saturday 28 October 2006
Meet at West Park, Wolverhampton at 12 noon
march to the Civic Centre for a rally until 2 pm
speakers: Roger McKenzie, Midlands TUC,

Adrian Turner UNISON, Pete Lowe UNISON,

Nick Kelleher WB&D TUC

Call for all unions to support  & bring branch banners

WB&DTUC has printed 5000 leaflets - ring for supplies  or if you can  help with leafleting

 A dayschool to help you defeat the BNP and rebuild your local Labour Party.  Labour Friends of Searchlight  Saturday 11 November 2006     10.30am - 4pm TGWU Regional Office, Transport House, 211 Broad Street, Birmingham B15 1AY.  Registration for LP members: £10 payable to `Searchlight` to: Labour Friends of Searchlight PO Box 1576 Ilford IG5 0NG

September 2006 Secretary's Report WB&DTUC
For all the latest info on local labour movement events, visit www.wolvestuc.org.uk
TU branches affiliated for 2006, (12,800 affiliated trade unionists):
Amicus-GPM, Amicus 3120M (Craft), Amicus 0758, ASLEF, ASPECT, Community(Hall Palm), CWU(W.Mids & Worcs), CYWU, FBU, GMB X13, NASUWT, NATFHE (University), NUT, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, TSSA, UNISON General, UNISON PCT


Chainmakers' Festival Sat 16th Sept Black Country Museum. Speakers 1.45pm procession 2.30pm bring union banners. Tickets direct from Museum 0121 521 5690 special discount price £6 or £3 on the gate, book in advance to ensure speedy entrance to the site through the ticket holders gate.

Save our Homes! Lobby Wolverhampton councillors
The Council meets Wednesday 20th September
Come and show your opposition to the closure of elderly people`s homes
Meet at 5-15pm Civic Centre, outside the council chamber 4th floor - contact UNISON 554096

Manchester TIME TO GO demonstration on Sat. 23 September, the eve of the Labour Party conference, is an enormous protest against all the Bush/Blair wars. The significance of the demonstration in Manchester has increased yet again, with Tony Blair's war policies and servitude to George Bush at last creating turmoil in the Labour Party.
10:00 am Faulkland Street Coach Park £12 full wage/ £8 concs.

Cuba Solidarity: The MIAMI FIVE, unjustly imprisoned by GEORGE BUSH'S STATE MACHINE speakers: GEOFF BOTTOMS, UK co-ordinator of the campaign to free the five, STEVE COTTINGHAM
FRIDAY 6 OCTOBER, 7.30pm, HOLLYBUSH INN, PENN ROAD

NATIONAL SHOP STEWARDS CONFERENCE
28th OCTOBER , 11.30 - 3.30, CAMDEN CENTRE, BIDBOROUGH STREET, WC1H 97E
The 2006 RMT Annual General Meeting called on the union to organise a national shop-stewards conference, open to all trade unionists, with one of its focuses being to build support for the campaign for a Trade Union Freedom Bill.. Conference is by registration,

3 Trade union Courses have been booked to take place at City of Wolverhampton College, Community Room, 1st Floor, Wellington Rd Campus. Bilston, Wolverhampton, WV14 6BT. Use of adjoining Computer Suite & Learning centre, as required. WEA tutors via Regional TUC:
Stewards Stage 1 (10 Tuesdays from Tue 3 October 06)
Health & Safety Stage 1 (10 Wednesdays from Wed 4 October 06)
Union Learning Reps (5 Fridays from Fri 6 October 06)
They need between 12 and 18 people to make the courses viable. We need places on these courses to be filled. We've got the course back in Wolverhampton. Use them or lose them!
TO BOOK: WEA Office, 78-80 Sherlock Street, Birmingham, B5 6LT. Tel: 0121 666 6101

Amicus and the T&G want Peugeot to keep Ryton open on the basis of the survival plan developed by the unions - or they will be calling on people and companies looking to buy cars to penalise the company for putting still-greater profits before their loyal British workforce.
The unions are also campaigning for the strengthening of UK labour laws to stop workers here being more vulnerable to redundancy than those on the continent because they have stronger employment protection.

July 2006 Secretary's Report WB&DTUC
For all the latest info on local labour movement events, visit www.wolvestuc.org.uk

TU branches affiliated for 2006, (12,540 affiliated trade unionists):
Amicus-GPM, Amicus 3120M (Craft), Amicus 0758, ASLEF, ASPECT, Community(Hall Palm), CWU(W.Mids & Worcs), CYWU, FBU, GMB X13, NASUWT, NATFHE (University), NUT, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON PCT

GARDEN PARTY SUNDAY 16 JULY 2pm till late
@ "Pendle", Richmond Road, Wolverhampton
REAL ALE - CUBAN COCKTAILS - GOOD FOOD
- free to all friends of Cuba and its allies in Latin America but you'll need money to buy drinks.

SUNDAY 23 JULY - CUBA DAY SCHOOL 11am - 4 pm
DUNSTALL HILL COMMUNITY CENTRE, WOLVERHAMPTON
DR FRANCISCO DOMINGUEZ, Middlesex University
JESUS GONZALEZ, Economic Counsellor, Cuban Embassy
HARSEV BAINS, National Secretary, Indian Workers' Association (GB)
DAVE COLE, Secretary, Wolverhampton Cuba Solidarity Campaign
AVTAR SADIQ, Vice-President, Indian Workers' Association
This event is free to all those who want to learn more about the importance of Cuba in today's world and the USA's continuing war against a nation that is bringing hope to the world's poor.
TO REGISTER,  01902 331478 or 01902 712941
LUNCH & REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED

Rahimi Family Campaign - a successful public meeting Ken Purchase MP spoke - chaired by WB&DTUC, about 40 attended.

Should £25,000million be spent on weapons of mass destruction?
Please write to Rt.Hon Gordon Brown, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Note with interest the remarks in his Mansion House speech about nuclear deterrence & the announcement from Downing Street on 22nd June that there will be a White Paper on the possible replacement of Trident.

Ask:
 what the timeline will be for consultation on the White paper, and why the date for an announcement is so urgent, given that the Defence Committee report says that a decision need not be taken until 2014;
 what form consultation will take, and whether NGOs and interested members of the public will be able to take part;
 whether the consultation will heed the recommendation in the report of the Defence Committee that a full discussion of the role and purpose of the nuclear deterrent needs to happen "before decisions are made or significant investment committed". (Eighth Report of the House of Commons Defence Committee, The Future of the UK's Strategic Nuclear Deterrent: The Strategic Context, HC 986);
 whether the "full discussion" will include consideration of current and future threats to the UK, the capability of a nuclear deterrent to address such threats, UK international obligations and proliferation implications, and all the options and their costs, including the option of non-replacement.

May 2006 Secretary's Report WB&DTUC
For all the latest info on local labour movement events, visit www.wolvestuc.org.uk

TU branches affiliated for 2006, (12,540 affiliated trade unionists):
Amicus-GPM, Amicus 3120M (Craft), Amicus 0758, ASLEF, ASPECT, Community(Hall Palm), CWU(W.Mids & Worcs), CYWU, FBU, GMB X13, NASUWT, NATFHE (University), NUT, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON PCT

March and Rally for Palestine: End the Israeli Occupation! Free Palestine!
Saturday MAY 20th 2006.
Very limited number of day return train tickets available £11 dep. 08.35 ret. 19.31
Assemble 12noon on the Embankment for the march. Rally in Trafalgar Square.

Over 200 people enjoyed Wolverhampton's 12th annual International Workers` Day Festival on 1st May.
Theme `Union Rights are Human Rights`, sponsored by FBU Region 7 & UNISON West Midlands.
Coverage on Heart FM.

Tolpuddle weekend 14-16 July - TUC's leaflet is in mailing more available if you need - ring.

An anti-BNP leaflet was designed for Wednesfield North Ward, calling for voters to come out and vote against the fascists - 44% turnout, 3rd highest numbers (and % turnout) voting in any ward, significantly higher than any other ward in the constituency.
David Bourne Conservative 1225
Gwen Stafford-Good Labour 1157
Dennis Anthony Organ British National Party 1016
Arthur Newman (de-selected Tory) Independent 563 12 spoilt
WB&DTUC leafleted all the 4800 homes in ward in 3 sessions totalling less than 6 hours. Campaign needs to continue, not wait until next election.

Workers' Memorial Day - just under 40 people attended the lunchtime event. Wreaths were laid by two TGWU branches, CYWU, CWU, UNISON, Midlands TUC, Wolverhampton TUC & Ken Purchase MP. Roger McKenzie spoke and delegates handed out leaflets to the public. Coverage on WM, Wolf & Beacon Radio.

rescheduled Rahimi Family Campaign public meeting Friday 16th June 'A Public Meeting in Support of Asylum Seekers'
Ken Purchase MP will speak, Tim Jacques from Save the Children, will also speak about children in detention.
Chaired by WB&DTUC, early evening, venue tbc, further details from Secretary

APRIL 2006 Secretary's Report WB&DTUC   www.wolvestuc.org.uk
TU branches affiliated for 2006, (12,340 affiliated trade unionists):
Amicus-GPM, Amicus 3120M (Craft), Amicus 0758, ASLEF, ASPECT, Community(Hall Palm), CWU(W.Mids & Worcs), CYWU, FBU, NASUWT, NATFHE (University), NUT, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON PCT

fascist BNP standing in Wolverhampton council election for first time. Dennis Anthony Organ from low Hill is standing in Wednesfield North. We will be leafleting the ward before May 4th election day.
We need volunteers and rotas for leaflet drops of whole ward.
• report any activity of bnp in area
• get other people you know in area to volunteer to help

There were 50 picket lines on March 28th across Wolverhampton to Defend Local Government Pensions. Several hundred strikers from a number of affected unions, attended a rally called by WB&DTUC and addressed by several of our delegates. The latest strike (April27th) HAS BEEN SUSPENDED, prior to council elections, as new negotiations begin over proposals to reduce pension benefits for local government workers. (Average pension is £3,800 pa)
Further education college strike over an ``insulting`` 1.5% pay offer.
Members of the six unions of the National Joint Forum (NATFHE, UNISON, Assoc. College Managers, ATL, TGWU & GMB have voted to walk off the job for two days on May 2nd & 3rd.

WMCATUC (2 delegates are needed still, election at delegate meeting - 2 meetings left this year)

Easy trade union recruitment - free advertising
It is possible to be listed for free in the YELLOW PAGES under trade unions section
 free on 0800 555444 option2 - deadline 23rd May
Only ATL, FBU, GMB, NUT, TGWU, UNISON and WB&DTUC are currently listed in the Wolverhampton directory. Potential members do ring WB&DTUC asking to join unions quite regularly and are passed on to the relevant unions. it is a good contact for press to contact you too.

Workers' Memorial Day, Friday 28th April 12.30pm at the WMDay Tree, next to the war memorial, St.Peter's Sq. outside St Peter's church/Civic Centre, speakers: Roger McKenzie, Midlands TUC Secretary, MPs, wreath laying ceremony by the Industrial Chaplain

Wolverhampton's 12th International Workers` Day Festival, Monday 1st May, Pegasus Pub Function Room, Craddock Street, Whitmore Reans,
doors open;12.30pm to visit stalls, bouncy castle and bar
1pm begins
1.15pm magician Kris Krendo stage show followed by close-up magic at your table
speakers: Mary Pearson, Troops Out, Easter Rising & Hunger Strike anniversaries
Darrall Cozens, Hands Off Venezuela, on Latin America Fights Back
Ali Rahimi, Workers Rights & May Day in Iran
Avtar Sadiq, President Indian Workers Association
Asian Buffet, Live entertainment until 4pm ALL FREE  theme `Union Rights are Human Rights`  further details or to book stalls etc

March 2006 Secretary's Report WB&DTUC

WMCATUC (2 delegates are needed still, election at delegate meeting - only 3 meetings left this year)

TU branches affiliated for 2006: Amicus-GPM, Amicus 3120M (Craft), Amicus 0758, ASLEF, Community(Hall Palm), CWU(W.Mids & Worcs), CYWU, FBU, NASUWT, NATFHE (University), NUT, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON PCT 11,800 affiliated trade unionists

Troops Home from Iraq, Don't Attack Iran national demo Saturday 18th March 2006
Assemble noon Parliament Square

RAHIMI FAMILY MUST STAY! CAMPAIGN PUBLIC MEETING
CANCELLED - due to be re-arranged at later date
Newhampton Arts Centre
Newhampton Road, Wolverhampton
Speakers:
The Rahimi Family, Fr Eamonn Corduff
Ken Purchase MP, Save The Children
Anti-Racist Campaign, Chaired by Wolverhampton, Bilston and District Trades Council
The Rahimi Family, Zorieh, Alirezah and their six-year old son Navid, are facing immanent deportation back to Iran where they face imprisonment, torture and possible execution. The family are living in Wolverhampton with Navid attending the local St. Mary's Roman Catholic School.
In Iran, Zorieh and Alireza were both political activists. Alirezah had been imprisoned and tortured for his beliefs. On being conditionally released, Alirezah received death threats from his employers. Consequently the family fled Iran, and in August 2004, they claimed asylum in the UK.
We are calling for the Minister of State for Immigration Tony McNulty MP and the Children's minister Beverley Hughes to grant full refugee status to the family.
For further information contact Arash Shakib tel:07973 xxxxxx

TRADE JUSTICE - WHERE NOW? MAKE POVERTY HISTORY public meeting
FRIDAY, 24th MARCH 7.30pm UNITED REFORM CHURCH, Lea Road, Wolverhampton
Speakers: Judith Cavanagh, Christian Aid, Rob Marris MP. Refreshments & literature ALL WELCOME

Contact WB&DTUC with any info or if you want to get involved in local anti-fascist activity in the run up to the local elections.

Security challenges of today - Climate change, terrorism - is building new nuclear weapons the answer?
Sat 1st April, 2-4pm, CLARE SHORT MP, Council House Birmingham. Public meeting hosted by West Midlands CND

 

February 2006 Secretary's Report WB&DTUC
2006 WB&D TUC Officers elected - President: Dave Cole (NUT)
Vice-President: Marie Taylor (CYWU) Secretary: Nick Kelleher (UNISON)
Treasurer: John Grant (NAHTFE) Minutes Secretary :Marion Halfpenny (NUT)
Executive Committee: Satwant Sagoo, Don Ash, Paul Davis (UNISON)
Auditor: Adrian Turner (UNISON)

Lesbian & Gay TUC observer: Bob Deacon (UNISON)

Black Workers' TUC observer: Paul Davis

Disability TUC observer: Paul Davis     

Trades Union Councils conference delegate: Nick Kelleher
WMCATUC Nick Kelleher, Bob Deacon (2 delegates needed - only 3 meetings left this year) Women's TUC observer - none elected put on future agenda

Dozens braved the freezing temperatures in Queen Square, 1st Feb to hold a candlelight vigil. WB&D TUC & STW called the protest in response to a call by Military Families Against the War to mark the 100 pointless deaths of British soldiers in the illegal war in Iraq. Coverage on Radio Wolf, Heart FM & Morning Star. Names of all the dead soldiers were read out and a call was made to join the 18th March national London demo calling for withdrawal of British troops from Iraq & Afghanistan.

TU branches affiliated for 2006: Amicus-GPM, Amicus 3120M (Craft), Amicus 0758, ASLEF, Community(Hall Palm), CWU(W.Mids & Worcs), CYWU, FBU, NASUWT, NATFHE (University), NUT, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON PCT 11,700 affiliated trade unionists


Wed 22 Feb 7.45pm Injustice (15) Lighthouse Cinema, Fryer St, Wolverhampton www.light-house.co.uk £4.90/£3.70 Moving and hard-hitting film documenting the deaths - mainly black deaths - of people held in police custody in this country. Screening includes Q & A session with filmmaker Ken Fero.

Venezuela Solidarity Campaign presents Llaguno Bridge - Keys to a Massacre
Thurs 2 March LightHouse 6.30 pm FREE - donations welcome Cuban documentary that unmasks the conspiracies and plots leading up to the so-called massacre at the Llaguno Bridge, prelude to the coup d'etat of April 2002. Venezuelan media twisted facts and news reality to blame the massacre on President Chávez and the Bolivarians defending themselves against the shock troops of the Caracas Police


TRADE JUSTICE - WHERE NOW? MAKE POVERTY HISTORY public meeting
FRIDAY, 24th MARCH 7.30pm UNITED REFORM CHURCH, Lea Road, Wolverhampton
Speakers: Judith Cavanagh, Christian Aid, Rob Marris MP. Refreshments & literature ALL WELCOME

Holocaust Memorial Day, had a good turnout of over 70 people. WB&DTUC laid a wreath alongside other trade unions. All MPs attended but whole event was dominated by church groups. It certainly lost the anti-fascist theme that we introduced when we established this event before handing it back to the council leader.

£1.5 million Lottery Fund awarded to enable work to start on the rebuilding of the Cradley Workers Institute in the spring. It has already been removed from its original site and is in storage at the Black Country Museum awaiting the bid's outcome. Kate Howe, Museum curator said 'This is great news for working people as the Institute was originally built from the surplus of the Women Chainmakers' strike fund. Once rebuilt the Workers Institute will be available for union meetings and conferences ‘. TUC has awarded £9,000 to support the Annual Women Chainmakers festival, this year to be held in September. The 2005 festival was attended by over 2,000 people and saw reconstructions of principle moments of the ten week long strike which laid the foundations of the campaign for a minimum wage. Roger McKenzie said: 'This is great news for the festival and shows the support of the TUC for what we hope will become a major trade union event. The money from the TUC will help promote the festival, involve young people and support the costs of running the festival itself"
STOP PRESS: BNP leafleted part of Wednesfield N last week. Rumours of possible council candidates in Bushbury and Bradley as well. Contact WB&DTUC with any info or if you want to get involved in local anti-fascist activity.

Secretary's Supplementary Report January 2006  Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


TU branches already affiliated for 2006: Amicus-GPM, Amicus 3120M (Craft), Amicus 0758, ASLEF, Community(Hall Palm), CWU(W.Mids & Worcs), UNISON General 7,400 affiliated trade unionists
Nominations by UNISON & NUT :

President: Dave Cole (NUT)
Vice-President: Marie Taylor (CYWU)
Secretary: Nick Kelleher (UNISON)
Treasurer: John Grant (NATFHE)
Assistant Secretary: Marion Halfpenny (NUT)
Executive Committee: Satwant Sagoo, Don Ash (all UNISON), Dave Cole (NUT)
No nominations for Publicity Officer and there are a number of vacancies on the EC.

Thurs 19th January - WB&D TUC AGM 7.15pm Civic Centre

Wed 22 Feb 7.45pm Injustice (15) Lighthouse Cinema, Wolverhampton www.light-house.co.uk £4.90/£3.70 A moving and hard-hitting film documenting the deaths - mainly black deaths - of people held in police custody in this country. How the families of Shiji Lapite, Brian Douglas, Ibrahima Sey and Joy Gardner coped with sudden loss and their relentless struggle to get to the facts. Injustice uses powerful exclusive footage filmed over a five-year period and witnesses the families' pain and anger at the killings, the fight to retrieve the bodies for burial, the mockery of police self-investigation and the collusion of the legal system in the deaths. Screening includes an introduction and Q & A session with filmmaker Ken Fero.
Friday 28th April 2006 - Workers` Memorial Day
Monday 1st May 2006 - 12th Wolverhampton annual May Day Festival
Bar workers volunteers needed for 2006 Festivals:
July - National Adventure Sports Show 25/27th August, Leeds - the ‘Reading of the North'