Secretary's Report December '05 info@wolvestuc org.uk Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC www.wolvestuc.org.uk

Next delegate meeting is Thursday 15th December seasonal refreshments!!
WB&D TUC's 141st AGM Thurs 19th Jan 2006

2006 BRANCH AFFILIATION FORMS & OFFICER NOMINATION papers have been sent out PLEASE FOLLOW UP YOUR OWN BRANCH asap
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WB&DTUC - STOP THE WAR . We fear that soon the 100th British soldier will die in Iraq. To date 98 have been killed. It is important that this moment does not pass unnoticed or unprotested. The next day after the 100th soldier's death is reported there will be 100 similar protests in 100 towns across the country organised by Military Families Against the War http://www.mfaw.org.uk and on that day, we call on supporters to assemble at 5pm Queens Square, Wolverhampton.  07932 797139
The Fire Brigades Union has cancelled further strikes following discussions with employers. Both sides agreed a revised form of words for the offer. No further strike action is planned whilst the Fire Brigades Union ballot their members. The FBU will agree to immediately undertake a joint review with the Authority on the current duty system and shift pattern for operational staff with a view to completion by 31st March 2006 and implementation on that date or as soon as is legally and practicably possible thereafter. The offer made in 12-11-05 will have the status of an interim agreement. This offer included compensatory additional annual leave, re-imbursement of additional travelling costs, and an enhancement of 12.5% on firefighters hourly rate when working a late split shift pattern.
Rahimi Family Must Stay Campaign - We made a donation of £100 to the campaign and wrote to local MPs, Beverley Hughes the Minister for Children & Families seeking her help, and to the Minister of State for Immigration, Tony McNulty MP asking him to grant full refugee status to the family. Our letters have been placed on their case file.
Ali spoke at our delegate meeting about the horrendous difficulties that he and others had trying to organise workers over basic day-to-day disputes. Zohrieh spoke at a previous public meeting we organised about the plight of the family and even little Navid spoke at a demonstration in Manchester recently.
Ken Purchase, their MP has been very supportive as has Roger Lawrence. A number of local trade union branches have already given their support. Please write if you haven't already.

After Gaza What Next for The Palestinians? - The PSC group held a public meeting 26th November with a Palestine speaker, Christian Aid & Rob Marris, MP. Over 40 people turned up on a Saturday night to hear excellent visual presentations on the current situation and how the ordinary way of life for Palestinians is being disrupted by the Israeli state. "It can be described as like being in Big Brother, but without the fun" said Dr Hawwash.

Members of NATFHE and the AUT have voted overwhelmingly for their unions to merge and create the world's largest union for post-school academic and academic-related staff, the University and College Union (UCU), with 116,000 members. Amalgamation June 2006, then a transitional year. Full unity June 2007.

TUC Education courses (no Wolverhampton venues):
Venue: WEA Study Room. Manor Farm Community. King George Crescent, Rushall, Walsall WS4 1EG
M132 Shop stewards Stage 1 10 Tuesdays from 24 January
M133 Stepping Up (Stewards Stage 2) 10 Thursdays from 26 January
M134 Health and Safety Stage 1 10 Wednesdays from 25 January
M135 Health and Safety Stage 2 10 Mondays from 23 January
Venue: AMICUS. Terry Duffy House. Thomas Street West Bromwich B70 6NT
M136 Union Representatives Stage 1 10 Tuesdays from 24 January
M137 Health and Safety Stage 1 10 Wednesdays from 25 January

all Applications to: WEA Office. 78-80 Sher!ock Street Birmingham B5 6LT Tel: 0121 660 6101

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The next delegate meeting is Thursday 17th November - details in mailing
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West Midlands members voted 3: 1 to take industrial action in support of their claim for compensation following the start of the new shift system in the West Midlands for firefighters.

WB&DTUC - STOP THE WAR
We fear that soon the 100th British soldier will die in Iraq. To date 97 have been killed. It is important that this moment does not pass unnoticed or unprotested. Military families have asked that the British people mark the day that figure is reached with protests and vigils. The day the 100th soldier's death is reported members of Military Families Against the War http://www.mfaw.org.uk will lead a vigil in Parliament Square and the names of these 100 soldiers and of 100 Iraqi dead will be read out.

The next day there will be 100 similar protests in 100 towns across the country and on that day, we call on supporters to assemble at 5pm Queens Square, Wolverhampton.

Saturday 19th November. TU meeting on Venezuela (organised by UNISON & VSUK)- Friends Meeting House (Priory Rooms), 40 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 close to Snow Hill Station.
10.30am showing of "The Revolution will not be Televised" followed by buffet & discussion with Venezuelan speaker noon-1.30pm To book your place  Andy 0121 2881388 / Dave 01902 554093

Lighthouse (www.light-house.co.uk) Wolverhampton, Saturday 10th December, 6pm, there will be a special screening of Who Shot The Sheriff? a film made possible by the generous support of the Amicus trade union, detailing the history of Rock Against Racism. It links the 70s struggle to stop the NF with current campaigns aiming to stop the likes of the fascist BNP gaining ground in Britain today, plus a talk by Lee Billingham of Love Music Hate Racism. Lots of rarely seen archive footage from the punk & RAR era - including the infamous 1978 Carnival in east London`s Victoria Park where 100,000 marched to the show headlined by The Clash & Tom Robinson Band.
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Agenda item 5 Resolution: Rahimi Family Must Stay Campaign

The Rahimi family, Zohrieh, Alirezah and their six year old son Navid are facing imminent 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, Zohrieh, and Alirezah 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. Their claim and subsequent appeal was turned down. Since then they have suffered two dawn police raids. Their doors were broken down and they were forcibly removed from their homes and detained. Zohrieh endured a 28-day hunger strike in protest at their imprisonment. After the second raid they were placed on a plane to Iran. Once on board Zohrieh, put up a struggle and persuaded the pilot not to take them out of the UK. The fear of return to Iran has taken its toll on Zohrieh, who, since coming off hunger strike has suffered a mental breakdown and has been admitted to Penn Hospital.
This TUC agrees to write to the Minister of State for Immigration, Tony McNulty MP asking him to grant full refugee status to the family. Also to write to our local MPs raising the issue with them.
WB&DTUC will support the campaign by making a financial donation.
Proposed by: Wolverhampton General UNISON

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The next delegate meeting is Thursday 20th October - details in mailing

TU FESTIVAL Saturday, October 22nd, Black Country Living museum, celebration of women chainmakers' strike - bring your banners £5 in -details in mailing.

BANNER THEATRE presents Wild Geese, Friday 28th October
Arena Theatre Wolverhampton £8/£6 Box Office 01902 321321 sponsored by UNISON
This new production by trade union activists Banner Theatre explores the real-life experiences of asylum seekers, refugees, immigrants and migrant workers in twenty-first century Britain.

"Iraq - the way forward", WB&DTUC & STW public meeting
Wednesday 2nd November
7-30-9pm, Lighthouse small cinema, Wolverhampton
Speakers: Andrew Murray (National Chair, Stop The War), Youth CND


The Trade Justice Movement is organising a mass lobby of Parliament on 2nd November, to press the UK government to ensure action is agreed at the World Trade Organisation summit in Hong Kong in December.
Wolverhampton Trade Justice Group is arranging coaches to Westminster on 2nd November, together with a briefing meeting on the evening of 21st October. The meeting will be of interest to all, whether or not they are going to Westminster. Bookings for the coach can only be made by post to: Tim Fyffe, 40 Glentworth Gardens, Dunstall, Wolverhampton, WV6 0SG. Further details  01902 716510 (Tim Fyffe)

Saturday 19th November. TU meeting on Venezuela - Friends Meeting House (Priory Rooms)
40 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 (www.theprioryrooms.co.uk)- close to Snow Hill Station.
10.30am showing of "The Revolution will not be Televised" followed by discussion with Venezuelan speaker noon-1.30pm
To book place  Andy 0121 288 1388 or Dave Auger 01902 554093 (organised by UNISON & VSUK)
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Agenda item 5 Resolution:
"Combined TU Pensions Campaign"
At the recent TUC Conference a motion was passed calling for a Public Sector demonstration in support of Public Sector Pensions.

In light of information being received that Government proposals being made to unions on pensions are worse than the ones put to us at the beginning of the year which led to a successful strike vote.

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC calls on the TUC JCC to support calls for the immediate setting of a date for the demonstration in order that the strength of feeling and opposition to Government attacks on our pension can be known to the Government and that ant attacks will be met by united action by Public Sector unions.

We further support the call for the setting up of a Wolverhampton Public Sector TU Campaign Committee by the Trades Union Council
Proposed by: Wolverhampton General UNISON

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The next delegate meeting is Thurs 15th Sept. Rob Marris MP will introduce a discussion on the Equality Bill and also give his views on the future of New Cross Hospital.
As you are aware, this trades council sends observers to each of the TUC equalities conferences and concerns about government proposals have featured in several conference reports. The TUC's position is in favour of a single equality act and a single commission and it is therefore in favour of the bill's major objectives but a number of concerns remain including:
• Adequate resourcing for the new commission;
• All equalities strands to have similar status reflected, say, in membership of the commission and resource allocation;
• A statutory duty to promote equality on all grounds;
• Whether there should be a separate commission for human rights;
• The anomaly that the bill outlaws discrimination in goods and services on grounds of religion or belief but not on grounds of sexual orientation or transgender status;
• The bill introduces a duty for schools to tackle discrimination and harassment but partially exempts faith schools from this duty.

A WB&DTUC sub-committee met in July and submitted a report on the future roles of the Midlands TUC and Trades Union Councils, and how we all work effectively together. Outcomes should become known later in the autumn.

TU branches affiliated to WB&D TUC for 2005: 13,600 affiliated trade unionists
Amicus-GPM, Amicus 13/D Craft, Amicus 0758, ASLEF, Community (Hall Palm), CWU (W.Mids & Worcs.), CYWU, FBU, GMB X13, NASUWT, NATFHE(Wulfrun), NUT, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON Health(not paid yet), UNISON PCT

Stop the War Coalition, Muslim Association of Britain and CND
MARCH for PEACE and LIBERTY

Saturday September 24th , Central London  STOP THE BOMBINGS - STOP THE WAR

Contact WB&DTUC by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01902 686613
if you are interested in going as there is a coach from Telford that can pick us up if there are enough so let me know asap.

Leeds festival raised £750 for us. A total of £1876 over 2005.


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BANNER THEATRE presents Wild Geese, Friday 28th October
Arena Theatre Wolverhampton £8/£6 Box Office 01902 321 321.
This new production by trade union activists Banner Theatre explores the real-life experiences of asylum seekers, refugees, immigrants and migrant workers in twenty-first century Britain. sponsored by UNISON

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TU branches affiliated for 2005: 13,600 affiliated trade unionists
Amicus-GPM, Amicus 13/D Craft, Amicus 0758, ASLEF, Community (Hall Palm), CWU (W.Mids & Worcs.), CYWU, FBU, GMB X13, NASUWT, NATFHE(Wulfrun), NUT, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON Health, UNISON PCT
Previously affiliated branches still to affiliate this year: CWU (W'ton), GMB (Rover), GMB(Bilston), NATFHE (Bilston), NATFHE (University), POA, RMT, TGWU(NULMW), UNISON University

RACIST BASTARD WARNING - Robin 2 has been written to requesting cancellation of Bernard Manning. We made front page news in the Black Country edition of the Evening Mail. Protest will be 20th August if necessary

The next delegate meeting is Thurs 21st July continues discussion on the future roles of Trades Union Councils, the regional TUC and how we all work effectively together.

Saturday 23rd July 3rd annual solidarity Garden Party, Fallings Park 4pm- late.
Venue details from Sec. CSC & Venezuela groups hosting.

As usual there is no August WB&DTUC delegate meeting

£750 was raised at flooded Glastonbury by our team of 6 bar volunteers, (opposite). £350 raised at NASS festival. Leeds festival is expected to raise £850 for us. No Glasto next year so no money for us.

G8 MakePovertyHistory - 4 coaches as well as by car and chartered train, went from Wolverhampton to the biggest demo in Scotland ever, 1/4 million. Participants wore white and formed a human white band around Edinburgh for more than 4 hours. Events began with rallies in the Meadows Park, split over three huge areas in order to accommodate everyone. Musicians interspersed speeches for the crowds who queued all afternoon in order to be able to start the march, which closed Edinburgh for the day. Many thousands were unable to march due to the overwhelming numbers.
There was tremendous support from local people who had decorated the city with huge banners of the declaration MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY as well as MakeCapitalismHistory, a neccessary pre-cursor.
Public buildings had flags fying in support and the Edinburgh castle was decorated with the biggest banner, held aloft for the city to see by two huge cranes.

The number of unemployed people in Wolverhampton April 2005 increased by 192 to 6,414 over the previous month. The Wolverhampton Unemployment "Claimant Count" for the City is 4.4%.
(West Midlands 2.8%. National 2.4%.). % are as a proportion of the Resident Working Age Population (W'ton rate is 6.3%, if compared to economically active adult population)

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TU branches affiliated for 2005: 13,600 affiliated trade unionists
Amicus-GPM, Amicus 13/D Craft, Amicus 0758, ASLEF, Community (Hall Palm), CWU (W.Mids & Worcs.), CYWU, FBU, GMB X13, NASUWT, NATFHE(Wulfrun), NUT, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON Health, UNISON PCT

Previously affiliated branches still to affiliate this year:
Amicus (Bilston), CWU (W'ton), GMB (Rover), GMB(Bilston), NATFHE (Bilston), NATFHE (University), POA, RMT, TGWU(NULMW), UNISON University. Can delegates help chase these up?

The next delegate meeting is Thurs 16th June. Roger McKenzie, Regional TUC Secretary has launched a discussion seeking our views on the future roles of Trades Union Councils, the regional TUC and how we all work effectively together. We will be discussing our views.

Tolpuddle weekend - 15-17 July maybe a coach from Coventry TUC - contact Nick asap

Thurs 21st July delegate meeting speaker will be: Corin Redgrave (Guantanamo Human Rights Commission) - please do your best to attend. www.guantanamohrc.org

Sat 23rd July annual solidarity Garden Party - details circulated

4th - 8th August 2005 From Birmingham TUC: Annual Delegation to the north of Ireland
The delegation enables people to see the reality of life in Belfast
• Attend discussion workshops and Visit community centres
• Visit an area under attack from Loyalists
• Participate in the West Belfast Community Festival
• Take part in the annual march and rally.
Troops Out Movement 0121 773 8683 or 0797 017 4167
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website: www.troopsoutmovement.com

As usual there is no August WB&DTUC delegate meeting

Racist bastard warning: Bernard Manning is appearing at the Robin 2 in Bilston on 20 August - last time he was in Wolves we helped organise a huge protest - anyone up for it?


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TU branches affiliated for 2005: 11,100 affiliated trade unionists
Amicus-GPM, Amicus 13/D Craft, Amicus 0758, ASLEF, Community (Hall Palm), CWU (W.Mids & Worcs.), CYWU, FBU, GMB X13, NASUWT, NATFHE(Wulfrun), NUT, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON PCT - no new affiliations this month
Previously affiliated branches still to affiliate this year:
Amicus (Bilston), CWU (W'ton), GMB (Rover), GMB(Bilston), NATFHE (Bilston), NATFHE (University), POA, RMT, TGWU(NULMW), UNISON Health, UNISON University. Can delegates help chase these up?

The next delegate meeting is Thurs 19th May 2005. There will be a speaker from the Black Country Living Museum, who will speak on the 1910 Women Chainmakers' dispute and their Workers' Institute. It will include a video presentation (which is excellent).

Workers Memorial Day Thursday 28th April -Speeches made & wreaths were laid by FBU, UNISON, TGWU and WB&DTUC. Industrial Chaplain, gave a service of remembrance to Remember the Dead, & Fight for the Living. Civic flags were flown at half mast. 30 people braved the rain, among them representing trade unions, safety campaign & religious groups as well as civic leaders, Labour candidates and Labour councillors.

11th Wolverhampton annual May Day Festival, 11th Annual Wolverhampton May Day Festival was celebrated by over 200 people on Sunday 1st May 2005. It all went very smoothly all speakers and entertainment came and was enjoyed by all the diverse audience.
Not as much money has come in as donations this year and the event cost £700 more than came in, so about £400 in debt after using up all reserves. Any branches able to make a donation to secure the future of May Day will be very welcome.

Congratulations to Rob Marris, Ken Purchase & Pat McFadden on their election as Wolverhampton's new 3 Labour MPs. Delegates and supporters distributed 2000 Searchlight anti-fascist newspapers including the whole Ryefield estate. The BNP got 2.4%, over 900 votes. (7% W'ton average at the Euro election)

NEED NAMES NOW FOR NATIONAL ADVENTURE SPORTS 8-10 JULY & LEEDS FESTIVAL (26-28 Aug) - BAR VOLUNTEERS - deadline has been brought forward

Palestine demo (details enclosed) Saturday 21 May
Birmingham Coach -Albert street off Dale End - 8.30am £10 + £6

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TU branches affiliated for 2005: 11,100 affiliated trade unionists
Amicus-GPM, Amicus 13/D Craft, Amicus 0758, ASLEF, Community (Hall Palm), CWU (W.Mids & Worcs.), CYWU, FBU, GMB X13, NASUWT, NATFHE(Wulfrun), NUT, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON PCT
Previously affiliated branches still to affiliate this year:
Amicus (Bilston), CWU (W'ton), GMB (Rover), GMB(Bilston), NATFHE (Bilston), NATFHE (University), POA, RMT, TGWU(NULMW), UNISON Health, UNISON University

The next delegate meeting is Thurs 21st April 2005. Roger McKenzie, new Midlands TUC Secretary will speak on the future role and structures of the Regional TUC and where do trades union councils fit in?

No to the Occupation of Iraq (19-3-05), demonstration against the occupation of Iraqcoach from Wolves worked -bigger than expected turnout up to 200,000 quoted in the press.

National Pensions Strike VICTORY Negotiations have secured a victory for the unions in the face of massive strike threat of over 1.4million public sector workers. The Government agreed to shelve ALL proposed changes to the local Government Pension Scheme.
Further negotiations will take place with all the affected trade unions.

save our railways G L A S G O W T O L O N D O N M O B I L E D E M O N S T R A T I O N
For more information phone 0800 376 3706 e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.rmt.org.uk
Privatisation has been a disaster for our railways. The network has been fragmented and services have deteriorated, yet the private train companies have received billions of pounds in subsidy and banked billons of pounds in profits. In the run up to the general election, RMT rail workers have embarked on a national mobile demonstration visiting major towns and cities in the UK.
Wednesday April 27 - Birmingham 1pm - Leafleting of Chamberlain Square
6pm - Public meeting. Birmingham & Midlands Institute, Margaret Street.
All welcome. Speakers include, Pat Sikorski - RMT Assistant General Secretary, Lynne Jones - Labour candidate for Birmingham Selly Oak, Roger McKenzie, - Midlands TUC Regional Secretary.

If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans and live, work or play in Wolverhampton, be part of the LGBT Census! The Census is the largest ever, independent survey of the LGBT communities in Wolverhampton. Taking part only takes a few minutes, is anonymous and completely confidential but it could make a huge difference to services far our communities into the future.
Getting your LGBT Census form is easy: Visit www.LGBTWolverhampton.org.uk,
get a copy in local venues or libraries, or 0121 3732747

Workers Memorial Day Thursday 28th April - 12.30pm St Peter's Square Wolverhampton at the WMDay tree.

11th Wolverhampton annual May Day Festival,
Sunday 1st May 2004 - 3-30pm-7pm Dunstall Hill Community Centre
Main speaker: Rodney Bickerstaffe has confirmed
Volunteers needed on day - make contact if available.

NEED NAMES FOR LEEDS FESTIVAL (26-28 Aug) BAR VOLUNTEERS as deadline has been brought forward  Nick 01902 686613

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TU branches affiliated for 2005:
Amicus-GPM, Amicus 13/D Craft, Amicus 0758, ASLEF, Community (Hall Palm), CWU (W.Mids & Worcs.), CYWU, FBU, NASUWT, NATFHE(Wulfrun), NUT, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General 9,745 affiliated trade unionists
Please could you chase up your branch if it is not listed - thanks.

SATURDAY 19th MARCH
demonstration in central London 1pm against the occupation of Iraq
Wolverhampton Coach Details: 8am Faulkland Street Coach Park (next to Carvers) £15 waged £7.50 unwaged

National Pensions Strike
Wednesday 23rd March - PCS could be joined by Amicus, TGWU, & UNISON in a mass strike over pensions.
WB&D TUC EC needs to look at possibility of a city centre joint union rally on the day.

VenezuelaSolidarity.co.uk - Public Meeting and showing of film
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
7pm Wednesday 30th March Entrance Free
Light House Media Centre, Chubb Buildings, just off the Wolverhampton Ring Road, near the train station. Meeting ends 9.30pm

Workers Memorial Day Thursday 28th April - usual lunchtime event.

11th Wolverhampton annual May Day Festival,
Sunday 1st May 2004 - 3-7pm Dunstall Community Centre
Main speaker: Rodney Bickerstaffe has confirmed. Volunteers needed for Committee/ on day

The BNP failed to win the by-election they contested in East Valley, Stoke-on-Trent month. The full result was:
Lib Dem 525 votes (25.2%) Labour 496 (23.8%) BNP 464 (22.3%) Ind. 445 (21.4%) Con 150 (7.2%)
WB&DTUC Anti-Racist sub-Committee is due to meet with Black Country Unite Against Fascism to discuss local tactics. Stoke mayoral election is BNP's main priority but also will put lot of effort into Black Country constituencies where they have got votes. They are also standing against Rob in Wolverhampton South West in the General election.

LGBT Wolverhampton Census - 2001 national census recorded just 234 same sex couples in w'ton. This exercise is trying to find real figure. Please inform union memberships. Forms available via: www.LGBTWolverhampton.org.uk
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STOP PRESS: NEED NAMES FOR LEEDS FESTIVAL (26-28 Aug) BAR VOLUNTEERS as deadline has been brought forward to April  Nick 01902 686613

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TU branches affiliated for 2005:
Amicus-GPM, Amicus 13/D Craft, Amicus 0758, ASLEF, Community (Hall Palm), CWU (W.Mids & Worcs.), CYWU, NASUWT, NATFHE(Wulfrun), NUT, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General 9,345 affiliated trade unionists

Officers elected for 2005 at this year's AGM were:
President Marie Taylor (CYWU) Vice-President Dave Cole (NUT)
Secretary Nick Kelleher (UNISON) Assistant Secretary Marian Halfpenny (NUT)
Treasurer John Grant (NATFHE)
Other Executive Committee members elected: Satwant Sagoo, Paul Davis, Don Ash (all UNISON)

Friday 18th February - Regional TUC Day of Action on Pensions.

The AGM of Wolverhampton Cuba Solidarity Campaign will be on Wed 24th February at 7pm to 8pm at the Hollybush Inn, Penn Road, followed by a public meeting with Zelmys Dominguez Cortina, Political Counsellor at the Cuban Embassy. This will be an important meeting therefore and urge you to attend and try to persuade others.

Banner Theatre's Migrant Voices explores the real-life experiences of asylum seekers and refugees in twenty-first century Britain. Based on interviews with Iraqi Kurdish asylum seekers, the show combines live music, drama and video to challenge some of the media myths about asylum seekers and refugees. It also looks at the reasons why people are forced to flee their homes and families to become asylum seekers and refugees. Tuesday 22nd February 7pm (Doors open at 6.30pm for refreshments) Admission: £1, Community Centre, 610 Kingstanding Rd, Kingstanding, Birmingham B44. Wednesday 2nd March 7.30pm City College, East Birmingham Campus, Birmingham Admission: £2 (Profits to tsunami appeal) To book  0121 678 8849 or 07795 448 462

Wednesday 23rd March - PCS could be joined by Amicus, TGWU, FBU & UNISON in a mass strike over pensions.

Sat. 16th April 11am Hopwood Service Station Junction 2 M42, motor cavalcade protest against CaterPiller's supply of vehicles used by Israel to demolish Palestinian homes.

Is anyone interested in talking about trade unions to school children or young adults?
Midlands TUC is supporting initiatives, contact WBD TUC Secretary for discussion/details.

11th Wolverhampton annual May Day Festival, Sunday 1st May 2004 - Volunteers needed for Committee

Malcolm X in Smethwick film
tues 15 feb 7pm Newhampton arts Centre FREE