December 2003 Secretary's Report Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC
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TU branches already affiliated for 2004: Amicus-MSF 13/D Craft, Amicus-MSF 0758, CWU (W.Mids & Worcs.), GPMU, NASUWT, NUT, TGWU 5/836, early affiliations are much appreciated.

Wm. Cooks dispute, week 134 - THE POSITION SO FAR:
Wm. Cook first appeal heard on 11-9-03, 42 days after successful result at the employment tribunal. 19-9-03 appeal refused. No point of law identified.
 22-9-03 second appeal lodged to the President of the employment tribunal.
 12-11-03 hearing heard. Wm. Cook legal team added more substance than the first hearing with the outcome the appeal was allowed to continue.
 Consequently the new dates for the next hearing could be within 6 months possibly giving a date of May 2004. Both legal sides will be attending. If this is allowed to happen they will lose remedy dates already agreed to take place February/March 2003.
April 2004 will be the beginning of our fourth year in this dispute. Locked out after staging a one day official strike against massive pay cuts of between £80-£120 per week.


Holocaust Memorial Day, 7-9pm Tuesday 27th January 2004 Friends Meeting House, Summerfield Road, West Park organised by WB&D TUC. Plans underway.

Festival dates for 2004 - bar worker volunteers needed 14th March St Patrick's Festival - London Southbank
29th May Homelands - Winchester dance all-nighter
24/27th June Glastonbury - there is a field in Somerset...
16/18th July Tolpuddle festival - Dorset.
17th July London Respect Festival
July National Adventure Sports Show
27/29th August, Leeds - the Reading of the North
September UK pop-shows

Advance notice:
Monday 12th January '04, 7.30pm - Wolverhampton Stop the War Coalition, convened by WB&D TUC, Bagot Arms, next to Avion Centre, Whitmore Reans.

WB&D TUC AGM, Thursday 15th January 2004

Thursday 5th February '04 Palestine Solidarity meeting, 7.30pm Dudley Road Community Centre, next to Gudwara at top of Dudley Road and opposite Billa's Bar.
Workers` Memorial Day, Wed 28th April 2004
10th Wolverhampton annual May Day Festival, Saturday 1st May 2004

Secretary's Report Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC November 2003
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George W. Bush state visit week:

Monday 17th November 7.30pm - Wolverhampton Stop the War Coalition, convened by WB&D TUC, Bagot Arms, next to Avion Centre, Whitmore Reans.

Tuesday 18th November - a little bird tells us that it may be worth looking out on Wolverhampton bridges, for welcome-messages for George W. Bush

Wednesday 19th November 7.30pm - WHY WAR? Free film showing, plus speakers and discussion at Lighthouse cinema, organised by W'ton STW/TUC

Thursday 20th November demonstration in central London, no transport organised from Wolverhampton, though members of the group are travelling down by train quite cheaply. Contact me if you want to go down with them. Starts at Mallet at 14.00. Route to Trafalgar Square.
Or coach from Cambridge St, central Birmingham 10am £10/£5  0121 643 8668 (B'ham TUC)

Thursday 20th November 7.15pm WB&D TUC delegate meeting, Civic Centre Committee Room 2

Thursday 27th November Cuba Solidarity - at 12 Richmond Road, Wolverhampton. 7.30 pm

Thursday 4th December Palestine Solidarity meeting, 7.30pm Dudley Road Community Centre, next to Gudwara at top of Dudley Road and opposite Billa's Bar.

www.wolvestuc.org.uk is now getting 400 hits/month, double that this time last year and four times the number when we were first launched. 4,500 hits in first 17 months.

Wm. Cooks dispute, week 130 - they are still picketing the Sheffield factory. A new appeal will be heard on the 12th November 2003 to appeal against the decision not to allow an appeal. New remedy hearing dates: 12th Feb. - 6th March 2004 are now booked, providing the appeal against the appeal is not successful.

TU branches already affiliated for 2004: Amicus-MSF 13/D Craft, CWU (W.Mids & Worcs.), GPMU, TGWU 5/836, early affiliations are much appreciated.

The number of unemployed people claiming in Wolverhampton increased by 65 (1.0%) to 6,822 in August (latest figures), an increase of 212 (3.1%) over the last year. These figures are likely to rise further with the loss of jobs at Goodyear. The current rate of Borough unemployment is 6.7%.

West Midlands increased by 1,811 (2.6%) over the last year. The current rate of unemployment is 6.1%.
Nationally, a decrease of 13,094 (-1.4%) over the last year. The current national rate for unemployment is 2.6%.

now booking for next intake of TUC Courses at Jennie Lee Centre, Lichfield Road, Wednesfield WV11 3HT,
apply to: Sandwell College, Trade Union Studies Dept, Pound Road, Oldbury, Warley B68 8NA 0121 253 6874 9am-4pm

Advance notice:
WB&D TUC AGM, Thursday 15th January 2004
Holocaust Memorial Day, Tuesday 27th January 2004 - event being planned by us for evening, TUC Development Grant applied for.
Workers` Memorial Day, Wed 28th April 2004
10th Wolverhampton annual May Day Festival, Saturday 1st May 2004

Secretary's Report October 2003 Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC
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Wm. Cooks strikers - as feared on the last possible day the employer filed an appeal against the strikers' E.T. victory - but this was rejected by the court as it made no new point of law. A higher level appeal has been made by Cooks but an outcome is expected shortly.

Wolverhampton Stop the War Coalition, convened by WB&D TUC - next meeting MONDAY 20th October 7.30pm, Newhampton Pub, Riches St, Whitmore Reans.
They are open to all supporters. George Bush is making a state visit in mid-November to see the Queen, the group is hoping to meet him too!

STW/CND national demo against the Occupation of Iraq September 27th
London had its fifth major protest yesterday against the war in Iraq, with organisers claiming that as many as 100,000 people attended the march from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square - it was enough to turn Trafalgar Square into a noisy sea of waving placards and banners, with leading figures in the Stop the War Coalition Our block train booking worked well and we sold all the seats, and minimised our losses. The march contained many of the most vocal anti-war activists including George Galloway, the Labour MP suspended by the party for comparing Mr Blair and George Bush to wolves. He said: "It is vital that we call Tony Blair to account, because if a crime and a blunder on this scale goes unpunished, it will happen again and again."

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Quiz 4 CUBA Wednesday 22nd October Tickets £2 from Nick/Dave Cole
7.30pm Newhampton Inn Live music from the Doyle Band

Palestine Solidarity meeting Thursday 6th November, 7.30pm Dudley Road Community Centre, next to Gudwara at top of Dudley Road and opposite Billa's Bar.

TUC Courses at Jennie Lee Centre, Lichfield Road, Wednesfield WV11 3HT applications to:
Sandwell College, Trade Union Studies Dept, Pound Road, Oldbury, Warley B68 8NA 0121 253 6874 9am-4pm

Birmingham TUC's new social club: Bread and Roses, Paradise Circus, between Central Library and Rep Theatre

LATE NIGHT OPENING:
We have obtained a late night hour's license for music and liquor for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Open until 1 am. Parties and trade union functions can book the facility for exclusive use. Please contact the bar staff on 0121 233 9977.
Birmingham TUC News 4th October 2003
SUNDAY LUNCH: From this Sunday 5th October, Bread and Roses will open from 12 noon. Sunday lunch will be served until 4.00 pm. We now have a Children's Licence so families are welcome.
SUNDAY JAZZ:Again from this Sunday 5th October we are running a Sunday Evening Jazz session. This starts at 8.00 pm and all Jazz musicians who want to join in are welcome. FREE ENTRANCE
TUESDAY QUIZ: From Tuesday 7th October we are running a weekly quiz night. This starts at 8.30 pm. Teams of 4, Entrance £5 per team.
Conservatoire Music Ensemble: From Thursday evening the 16th October and every Thursday thereafter we will hold a music night. Music is from 9 pm until 12 midnight and features bands and songs from Conservatoire students. FREE ENTRANCE.
CHRISTMAS LUNCH:From Monday 1st December until Christmas we are a presenting special Christmas Lunch. This is aimed at workplace bookings. Booking forms are available at the Bar.

2003 Affiliates: ASLEF, Amicus-MSF 0758, Amicus-MSF 13/D Craft, CWU (W.Mids & Worcs.), CYWU, FBU, GMB 223 Rover, GMB (X13 B'ham General), GPMU, NASUWT, NATFHE (Bilston), NATFHE (University), NATFHE (Wulfrun), NUT, POA, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON Healthcare 11,600 trades unionists affiliated

 

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West Midlands County Association of Trades Union Councils ANNUAL SEMINAR & SOCIAL
"Trade Union Rights" - Wednesday 17 September 2003
Seminar: 7pm, Birmingham Council House, Chamberlain Square.
Speakers: Tony Burke, Deputy General Secretary GPMU & Ruth Winters, Vice President FBU
We will discuss the refusal of the Labour Government to recognise Collective Employment Rights enshrined in International Agreements and the Campaign to obtain those rights in Britain.
Social: 9.15pm closeby in B'ham TUC's Bread & Roses

Saturday 20th Sept STW leafleting for demo (following Sat) Queens Sq.noon-2pm

By-election in Stoke 21st Sept. BNP are standing 07960 xxxxxx to help anti-fascist leafleting

Thursday 25th September, Wolves CSC meeting, Graiseley Centre 7-30pm

STW/CND national demo
against the Occupation of Iraq
September 27th London
contact Secretary immediately for travel details

Wolverhampton Stop the War Coalition, convened by WB&D TUC - next meeting MONDAY 29th Sept
7.30pm, Newhampton Pub, Riches St, Whitmore Reans. They are open to all supporters.

Quiz 4 CUBA Wednesday 22nd October 7.30pm Newhampton Inn Live music from the Doyle Band Tickets £2
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Friction Dynamex - after winning their tribunal, the 86 workers, who are still maintaining their picket line near Caernarfon, may lose everything. Craig Smith the US owner, has declared the company bankrupt last month, split it into three and renamed it Dynamex Friction, reopening overnight at the factory. The T&G are pursuing this loophole with the government. The CATUC seminar on Sept 17th is all the more important.

Unemployment "Claimant Count" July 2003 - the number of unemployed people in Wolverhampton increased by 52 (0.8%) to 6,757 over the previous month. This compares with an increase of 51 (0.8%) over the previous 12 month period. The current rate of unemployment for the Borough is 6.6%.
The number of unemployed people in the West Midlands County rate increased by 442 (0.7%) to 66,332 from the previous month. This compares with an increase of 1,760 (2.6%) over the previous 12 month period. The current rate of unemployment in the West Midlands County is 6%.
Nationally, the number of unemployed people increased by 5,286 (0.6%) over the previous month. This compares with a decrease of 7,743 (-0.8%) over the previous 12 month period. The current national rate for unemployment is 2.6%.

TUC Courses at Jennie Lee Centre, Lichfield Road, Wednesfield WV11 3HT applications to:
Sandwell College, Trade Union Studies Dept, Pound Road, Oldbury, Warley B68 8NA 0121 253 6874 9am-4pm

 A 36-week TUC Employment Law course has been planned. There may be day and evening times. If you are interested, contact as above.
 Core union representative skills- a supporting skills programme will be made available alongside TUC 10-day courses. This is intended to allow union representatives to concentrate on the written communication skills and use of numbers associated with the union representative role. This will also provide an ideal opportunity to fill the 'qualifications gaps' that so any people have.

Over £1000 was raised by a team of eight, working at Leeds Festival this month.

2003 Affiliates: ASLEF, Amicus-MSF 0758, Amicus-MSF 13/D Craft, CWU (W.Mids & Worcs.), CYWU, FBU, GMB 223 Rover, GMB (X13 B'ham General), GPMU, NASUWT, NATFHE (Bilston), NATFHE (University), NATFHE (Wulfrun), NUT, POA, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON Healthcare 11,600 trades unionists affiliated

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Wolverhampton Stop the War Coalition, convened by WB&D TUC - next meeting MONDAY 21st JULY
7.30pm, Newhampton Pub, Riches St, Whitmore Reans. They are open to all supporters. Anti-landmine/cluster bomb activity to be planned. Apologies for not attending planned meeting of 30th June, just came back from Glastonbury.

TOLPUDDLE Coventry TUC has organised a coach Sunday 20th July - coach leaves 8am from Pool Meadow, central Coventry nominal charge 0247 649 1933 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TUC Courses - Jennie Lee Centre, Lichfield Road, Wednesfield WV11 3HT applications to:
Sandwell College, Trade Union Studies Dept, Pound Road, Oldbury, Warley B68 8NA 0121 253 6874 9am-4pm
Core union representative skills- a supporting skills programme will be made available alongside TUC 10-day courses. This is intended to allow union representatives to concentrate on the written communication skills and use of numbers associated with the union representative role. This will also provide an ideal opportunity to fill the 'qualifications gaps' that so any people have.

M155 & M166

Leeds Festival bar volunteers need to join our teams 29-31st August apply immediately.
Linkin Park, Placebo, Doves, Blur, White Stripes, Metallica, Primal Scream & System of a Down all play. Please pass on any names, as this is where most of our money comes from for WB&D TUC
£940 was raised by a team of seven, working at Glastonbury festival this month.

WM County Assoc of TUCs next meeting Sat 30th August

4 nights in Paris £160 11th-15th September B'ham TUC Fete de L'Humanite annual trip join other TUists on this excellent trip and very good value. 0121 685 1070 or www.btuc.org.uk - book early

WM County Assoc of TUCs autumn seminar Wednesday 17th September details to follow B'ham venue

Wolves CSC Thurs 25th September, Graiseley Centre 7-30pm
QUIZ 4 CUBA Wednesday 22nd October 7.30pm Newhampton Inn Live music from the Doyle Band Tickets £2

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The attack on George Galloway is a general attack on the biggest anti war movement that this country has ever seen and that is why it is vitally important that we to all that we can to defend him.
Write to David Triesman , The Labour Party, 16 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP demanding that Mr Galloway's suspension is lifted immediately: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UNISON General branch's motion calling on Rob Marris to resign as Vice-President of WB&D TUC due to his vote in Parliament in support of war, was defeated at last month's delegate meeting.

2003 Affiliates: ASLEF, Amicus-MSF 0758, Amicus-MSF 13/D Craft, CWU (W.Mids & Worcs.), CYWU, FBU, GMB 223 Rover, GMB (X13 B'ham General), GPMU, NASUWT, NATFHE (Bilston), NATFHE (University), NATFHE (Wulfrun), NUT, POA, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON Healthcare
11,600 trades unionists affiliated - if your branch isn't listed, it's not affiliated yet.

Wm Cooks, friction dynamics & WBTUC, in Bradford on a march against racism June 03

AS USUAL, THERE WILL BE NO MEETING IN AUGUST

 

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Saturday 28th June 1pm Dudley Leisure Centre car park, Wellington Road, Dudley anti-BNP rally marching to Town Hall organised by Unity Campaign Against Fascism 07960 553 349.

The BNP were defeated in the Walsall council election but came 2nd to the Tories, never having stood before there and after a Searchlight anti-BNP paper was delivered to all homes

Wolverhampton Stop the War Coalition convened by WB&D TUC next meeting MONDAY 30th June 7.30pm, Newhampton Pub, Riches St, Whitmore Reans. They are open to all supporters.

Wolves PSC next meeting Thurs 3rd July Whitmore Reans Advice Centre 7.30pm

Sat 12th July Garden Party for Palestine, organised by W-ton PSC Whitmore Reans 4pm till late contact 01902 450640 for venue, bring food but drink and live music provided.

TOLPUDDLE Coventry TUC has organised a coach Sunday 20th July - coach leaves 8am from Pool Meadow, central Coventry nominal charge

Leeds festival bar volunteers need to join our teams 29-31st August apply soon. Please pass on any names as this is where most of our money comes from for WB&D TUC

4 nights in Paris £160 11th-15th September B'ham TUC Fete de L'Humanite annual trip join other TUists on this excellent trip and very good value. 0121 685 1070 or www.btuc.org.uk - book early

Advance notice:
WM County Assoc of TUCs next meeting Sat 30th August
WM County Assoc of TUCs autumn seminar Wednesday 17th September details to follow B'ham venue
Wolves CSC Thurs 25th September, Graiseley Centre 7-30pm

Progressive Theatre:
 B'ham Rep until 21st June Brassed Off, from 0121 236 4455, miners and brass bands
 BANNER THEATRE: MIGRANT VOICES ­ interweaves Middle Eastern and British musical traditions - an emotionally charged theatrical experience to set audiences thinking about the real reasons why people abandon their homes and families to seek refuge in the west. Based on in-depth interviews with Iraqi Kurdish refugees and asylum seekers living in Britain, this new show combines live music, drama and video to show some of the harsh realities behind the media myths about asylum seekers. Saturday 21st June 2pm Main Hall, Sandwell College, Smethwick, booked by the Refugee Council. contact: Juliet Olivo, 0121 622 0914

Corporate Manslaughter legislation was announced after Workers Memorial Day.

FREE PALESTINE NATIONAL RALLY 17 May - we took a coach with 30 on board, 6,000 at rally, excellent day but down £200 on coach

A dozen Wolverhampton TUists joined over 400 protesters on a demonstration in Sheffield in support of sacked Wil¬liam Cook Foundry workers. Amicus called the pro¬test in support of the workers, who have been on strike for over two years after refusing to ac¬cept a pay cut. The dispute started in April 2001, when the company imposed a further wage reduction of £80 to £120 per week after successive years of wage freezes, pay cuts and redundancies. Following the wage reduction, the workers balloted for industrial action, with the management responding by issuing a new con¬tract insisting that, if the workforce did not sign it, they would be sacked. The workers have now been on strike for over two years and their employment tribunal process has now finished, with a verdict expec¬ted by the end of July. There will then be a 42 day appeals period, with a final conclusion by the middle of September.
Friction Dynamics workers were also there and the result of the appeal against their victory won't be until November.

New TUC website TUC History online www.unionhistory.info

2003 Affiliates: ASLEF, Amicus-MSF 0758, Amicus-MSF 13/D Craft, CWU (W.Mids & Worcs.), CYWU, FBU, GMB 223 Rover, GMB (X13 B'ham General), GPMU, NASUWT, NATFHE (Bilston), NATFHE (Wulfrun), NUT, POA, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON Healthcare - 11,300 trades unionists affiliated - if your branch isn't listed, it's not affiliated yet.

www.wolvestuc.org.uk (2,500 hits in 11 months) May 2003 Secretary`s Report
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NATIONAL RALLY: FREE PALESTINE
Show solidarity with the Palestinian people!
Saturday 17 May  seats £10 waged £4 unwaged
for coach to Trafalgar Square, London
departs 9am Faulkland St coach park, Herbert St, Wolverhampton returns 5pm

Speakers include: John Pilger, Dr Mustafa Barghouti (head of Ramallah Health Development & Policy Institute), Juliet Stevenson, Marwan Bishara, Tony Benn, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Caroline Lucas MEP, Afif Safieh (Palestinian Delegate), Azzam Tamimi (Muslim Association of Britain), Karma Nabulsi, Paul Mackney (Gen Sec NATFHE), Steve Kemp (Gen Sec NUM), Abe Hayeem (Just Peace UK), Michel Abdul Massih, Corin Redgrave, Ken Cameron

Organised by: Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Sponsored by: Muslim Association of Britain, Stop the War Coalition, International Solidarity Movement, Association of Palestinian Communities, Just Peace, NMP, NUJ, CWU, RMT

The BNP are focussing on Walsall following their success in Sandwell, Dudley and elsewhere in the Country last week. There is a delayed election in Hatherton and Rushall on the 22nd May.
 if you can help leaflet. Martin Lynch Unity Campaign Against Racism & Fascism 07941 834125
It is vital we stop them before they build the kind of momentum they have in Burnley over the last year.

Wolverhampton Stop the War Coalition convened by WB&D TUC meet presently every other Monday 7.30pm, Newhampton Pub, Whitmore Reans. Activity currently being assessed. They are open to all supporters. Contact me for date of next meeting
We took a coach down to London for the 12th April Demo Against War


Workers Memorial Day (28th April)
12th year now, speeches, service and 249 balloon release in Queens Square to commemorate all those killed while working last year.
We got TV, radio and press coverage and covered the costs by TU sponsorship of cards attached to the balloons, giving details of this year's theme, Corporate Killing.


May Day Festival, 1st May
Despite last minute change of venue and election night, went well, attracting 200 people again. Jobs Not War theme for speakers & full entertainment programme. Radio and press coverage. Still £150 short on sponsorship this year. Next year will be 10th year and a Saturday so bigger event planned. Tony Benn possible speaker.

Wed 21 & Thurs 22 May, 7.45pm Lighthouse cinema - TAKE ISSUE SEASON anti-war films: NOT IN MY NAME II & HOTEL DES INVALIDES
Discounted ticket price of £2.50 for WB&D TUC members (proof not required, just say on door) I have some free tickets for the Thursday showing and discussion, first come, first served.


2003 Affiliates: ASLEF, Amicus-MSF 0758, Amicus-MSF 13/D Craft, CWU (W.Mids & Worcs.), CYWU, FBU, GMB 223 Rover, GMB (X13 B'ham General), GPMU, NASUWT, NATFHE (Bilston), NATFHE (Wulfrun), NUT, POA, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON Healthcare - 11,300 trades unionists affiliated
if your branch isn't listed, it's not affiliated yet.

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2003 Affiliates: ASLEF, Amicus-MSF 0758, Amicus MSF 13/D Craft, CWU(W.Mids & Worcs.), CYWU, FBU, GMB(X13 B'ham General), GPMU, NASUWT, NATFHE(Bilston), NATFHE(Wulfrun), NUT, POA, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836,UNISON General, UNISON Healthcare - affiliated 11,200 trades unionists
a few branches are still to register, please send in affiliation forms ASAP

Saturday 12th April Demo Against War
coaches to London booked by WB&D TUC, boarding 8.30am leaving 8.45am
Faulkland Street Coach Park, Herbert St, Wolverhampton at A449/ring road north junction £10/£4 in advance

Wolverhampton Stop the War Coalition has been set up by WB&D TUC and is running as an ad hoc committee with 20+ attending planning meetings. They are being held presently each Monday 7.30pm, Newhampton Pub, upstairs, Whitmore reans. They are open to all supporters.

Anti-war activity - A 1000+ demo was called by WB&DTUC at the start of the war. Meetings and a teach-in are being held at the college and university.
Leafletting is taking place Queens Sq Wed 1-2pm, Sat 12-2pm
Following the successful die-in outside the Ex&Star and in front of the Army recruitment stall there will be another Sat 19 April meet Queens Square 11am

Monday 28th April Workers Memorial Day This year's theme is Corporate Killing.
Speeches, service and balloon release will take place in Queens Square
 at 12-30pm - introduction from Sec WB&D TUC
 readings/service by the Industrial Chaplain, Rev Ian Houghton.
 short speeches from Simon Jones Campaign, TUs, MPs
 249 black and purple balloons will be released to commemorate
all those killed while working last year.
No wreath laying this year so why not SPONSOR A BALLOON £1 each (payable to "WB&D TUC"), tickets will be attached to each balloon with info on WMDay and the trade union sponsoring the balloon. Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living!

Thursday 1st May - May Day Festival,
Dunstall Hill Community Centre 7-10.30pm
speakers, live music, DJ, Indian dance display, menhdi, bouncy castle, stalls all free, except the bar.

PSC national rally, London 17 May coach booked ring to reserve seats £10/£4

Wed 21 & Thurs 22 May, 7.45pm Lighthouse cinema - TAKE ISSUE SEASON
NOT IN MY NAME II & HOTEL DES INVALIDES
Discounted ticket price of £2.50 for WB&D TUC. Members (proof not required, just say on door) I have some free tickets first come, first served.

 

March 2003 Secretary`s Report  Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC,
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2003 Affiliates: ASLEF, Amicus-MSF 0758, Amicus MSF 13/D Craft, CWU(W.Mids & Worcs.),CYWU, FBU, GPMU, NASUWT, NATFHE(Bilston), NUT, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836,UNISON General, UNISON Healthcare - affiliated 10,800 trades unionists
a few branches are still to register, please send in affiliation forms ASAP


WE WANT TO STOP THIS WAR but if WAR BREAKS OUT
In the evening of an attack there will be a rally in Queen's square, Wolverhampton at 6pm. Bring placards and banners

The following Saturday there will be a national demonstration in London.


Wolverhampton REC and Special General Meeting Mon 17 March called to validate the EC decision to close the REC

Midlands TUC Public services conference 21st March, Nottingham

The NUT is setting up a Cuba Solidarity Group in Wolverhampton.
First meeting Monday 24 March at 7pm in the NUT office at the Graiseley Centre, Pool Street

CSC AGM April 5th London - delegate needed
Monday 28th April Workers Memorial Day
service, speeches and balloon release. 249 black and purple balloons will be released to commemerate all those killed while working last year.
SPONSOR A BALLOON 60p each, tickets will be attached to each balloon with info on WMDay and the trade union sponsoring the balloon.


Thursday 1st May - May Day Festival, Dunstall Hill Community Centre  7-10.30pm

PSC national demo London 17 May

Birmingham TUC`s long awaited Union Club has opened
Bread & Roses
cheap beer and food in a trade union environment and sells Havana Club not Bacardi
Paradise Place, RHS exit revolving doors from Paradise Forum, Central Library
towards Broad St and Birmingham Rep Theatre

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2003 Affiliates: Amicus-MSF 0758, Amicus MSF 13/D Craft, CYWU, FBU, GPMU, NASUWT, NATFHE(Bilston), TGWU 5/748, UNISON General, UNISON Healthcare - 9,200 trade unionists
Half of the branches are still to register, please send in affiliation forms asap

The NUT is setting up a Cuba Solidarity Group in Wolverhampton.
First meeting Monday 24 March at 7pm in the NUT office at the Graiseley Centre, Pool Street

NO to War demo Sat. 15th Feb., saw the largest number of people ever, go to a national demonstration from Wolverhampton. Organisers believed that 2 million took part, we never saw them though as we were still marching at 5.30pm in the dark, 6 hours after the two feeder marches started! There were 600 demos all over the world.
After much frantic coach booking and ticket sales we took 250 people on 5 coaches to London. We passed more people onto other coaches and the trains. The tremendous response was certainly helped by a lot of leafleting and also via the website. A successful PSC meeting was held at the beginning of the month that attracted 60 people.

Many thanks to UNISON General, Wolverhampton NUT, Amicus-MSF 0758 and Walsall TUC for their magnificent donations towards subsidising unwaged tickets on the coaches. Thanks also to the Lighthouse cinema whose film showing of `Not in My Name`, also raised over £200. Despite costs of £1500 and a £5 subsidy on every unwaged ticket, we haven't made a big loss.

The government now has the mandate from the public that it needs, in order to change its stance and stand up against America's desire for control of Iraq's oil fields. If Britain wishes to be seen to impose democracy on Iraq, then show that we have it here, first. The British people do not want a war - that is clear now. People do not want the price of democracy to be the blood of hundreds of thousands of ordinary people in Iraq. Those people hate, and with good reason, their leader Saddam Hussain but they will end up dying in the same way as 9,000 civilians died in Afghanistan in the seemingly failed attempt to kill Osama Bin Laden.
If Blair believes that the public is with him then why does he not call a national demonstration in support of a war and see how many people turn up for that demo?

Workers Beer Company Festival Calendar 2003
Date Event Deadline for reply
24 /25 May Homelands, Winchester 14 April
26/7-29 June Glastonbury 16 May
4-6 July National Adventure Sports Show, Peterborough 24 May
18-20 July National Adventure Sports Show, Shepton Mallett 6 June
8-10 August RPM/BPM, Northampton 28 June
22-24 August Leeds Festival 14 July

Please publicise these dates, a leaflet will be produced and distributed to branches soon which can be copied.
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Extract from LABOUR RESEARCH FEBRUARY 2003 by Simon Sapper, Assistant Secretary, CWU

"Trades councils, many of which have been stagnating in recent years, have found in the internet a possible means of revitalising themselves....
But it is to the West Midlands that my unofficial award of trades councils internet champions must go. The region provides two fantastic but very different sites originating from Birmingham and Wolverhampton (www.wolvestuc.org.uk)
Birmingham's front page is packed with news, information and hyperlink services. The density of material on the front page almost takes your breath away. It also provides information about the Opera 5 trade union enabled browser and how to download it.
Wolves looks Spartan by comparison, but don't be deceived. It is concise, direct and pretty comprehensive. "