W'ton, Bilston & District TUC Secretary's Report December '00

NB delegate meeting is a week earlier than usual, the EC will be in CR1 from 6.30pm.

If you haven't sent off the GMB Foframe strikers' postcards or just received them then please send them off. The owner has been forced back round the negotiating table so keep up the pressure.

Branch affiliations and EC nominations are due now so please follow up your own branch since I waste a lot of time doing this over the year which could be spent campaigning.

5 UNISON members have volunteered to work for us at Resolution 2001 all-night dance event at Alexander Palace on New Year's Eve. We will get about £300.

FREE TUC computer course for trade unionists - every Tuesday 6-9pm room M109, Wolverhampton College Westfield Road. Open College Network qualification on offer but it's pretty flexible if you want to just try a few things out or get internet literate. Tutor Pete McDonald 821000/821123 but just turning up would be OK..

TUC Shop Stewards' course stages 1/2, Health & Safety stages 1/2 ten weeks. Week beginning 22 Jan 2000 details (821123

YELLOW PAGES - the trade union section is woefully poor with few branches listed. It is quite likely that non-members might look it up to get a contact to join so why not list your branch? (0800 533 433 to enquire about a free line-listing. W'ton TUC and the CATUC should now be in the next edition but hurry as it is being compiled now. It's probably worth trying Thompsons too since we're not all on-line yet!

 

W'ton, Bilston & District TUC Secretary's Report November '00
2000 affiliations: ASLEF, CWU(W.Midlands), CYWU, FBU, GMB(W70/Willenhall), GPMU, ISTC(Monmore Tubes), MSF Craft 13/D, MSF 0558, NASUWT, NATFHE(Bilston), NATFHE(Wulfrun), NULMW, NUT, POA, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON Health, UNISON Healthcare, USDAW.
Affiliated membership: 12,289 STILL NOT AFFILIATED: AEEU, RMT, NLBD.
Welcome to the ISTC Wednesfield No.2 branch a new affiliation already in for 2001.


Banner Theatre's latest performance can be seen without any hassle or financial losses for the trades council and you won't be expected to sell any tickets or clear the chairs up after!
Reclaim the Future
Get internet literate. Tutor Pete McDonald 821000/821123 but just turning up would be OK..

TUC Shop Stewards' course stages 1/2, Health & Safety stages 1/2 ten weeks. Week beginning 22 Jan 2000 details

UNISON Dudley Group of Hospitals strikers - the demonstration, PFI conference and rally during the latest 12-day strike attracted up to 2,500 people from as far away as Scotland. Our banner was present. Support now is vitally important as their action reaches a crucial stage.

Julie Weekes, long-time NATFHE delegate and TUC tutor has a new job in Lewisham, so good luck!

YELLOW PAGES - the trade union section is woefully poor with few branches listed. It is quite likely that non-members might look it up to get a contact to join so why not list your branch? 0800 533 433 to enquire about a free line-listing. W'ton TUC and the CATUC should now be in the next edition but hurry as it is being compiled now. It's probably worth trying Thompsons too since we're not all on-line yet!

W'ton, Bilston & District TUC Secretary's Report October '00
2000 affiliations: ASLEF, CWU(W.Midlands), CYWU, FBU, GMB(W70/Willenhall), GPMU, ISTC(Monmore Tubes), MSF Craft 13/D, MSF 0558, NASUWT, NATFHE(Bilston), NULMW, NUT, POA, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON Health, UNISON Healthcare, USDAW. Affiliated membership: 12,129

STILL NOT AFFILIATED: AEEU, RMT, NATFHE(Wulfrun), NLBD.


McXXXX demo, Sat 14th October, B'ham noon Virgin Megastore off Corporation St, S26 Collective. World day against McDonalds and against capitalism!

European Health & Safety week 16th-21st October

British Pensioners TU Action Assoc. Justice & Rights conference, Leicester Town hall 10-30 to 3-30-pm Sat 21st October.

Bro.Kamaljit Singh will be in Cuba in early November at the World Solidarity Conference. He will be taking solidarity with him in the form of cash and goods. Ring him if you can help 01902 xxxxx

Socialist Beer & Skittles Sat 9th December Selly Pk Tavern, Pershore Rd, B'ham £7.50/£5 inc.food details B'ham Morning Star / Socialist Campaign Group Paul Birkett 0121 627 3550(w)


BAR STAFF VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Radio 1 all-night dance event at Alexander Palace, London on New Year's Eve. We will get £10.50/hour for every worker we bring and they will get free entry. Deadline for places is 22 November. Ring me for details.


Friends of former HASAC - I attended the inaugural meeting of the new West Midlands Hazards Trust. Made up largely of people formerly involved with HASAC, though only Birmingham was circulated with details of the meeting. Best Safety Services had already been set up which will be a commercial H&S venture offering training, consultancy, tests etc to TUs and employers. Surplus money will be channelled into W.M.H.T. which would offer a service similar to HASAC. Possible location S.Birmingham College. Certainly as yet entirely Brum-centric. Cash pledged from Hazards Campaign. Next meeting 4th Dec 7.30pm, TGWU B'ham tbc.


Dudley Group of Hospital strikers - after 5 strikes since August of increasing severity support is still solid and morale seems high. Substantial money has now come from UNISON. Our affiliates have sent over £4,000 so far.

W'ton, Bilston & District TUC Secretary's Report Sept '00
2000 affiliations: ASLEF, CWU(W.Midlands), CYWU, FBU, GMB(W70/Willenhall), GPMU, ISTC(Monmore Tubes), MSF Craft 13/D, MSF 0558, NASUWT, NATFHE(Bilston), NUT, POA, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON Health, UNISON Healthcare, USDAW. Affiliated membership: 11,524


Organic Cuba public meeting Thurday 12th October FOE, Allison St, Digbeth, B'ham 7-30pm, B'ham CSC

European Health & Safety week 16th-21st October

British Pensioners TU Action Assoc. Justice & Rights conference, Leicester Town hall 10-30 to 3-30-pm Sat 21st October.

October 10th/11th, NATO leaders are meeting at the ICC, Birmingham - an ideal opportunity to raise the issue of the role of NATO overseeing the ethnic cleansing of Serbs in Kosovo. CND are planning events.


The following current magazines and newsletters are available to delegates upon request:

National Abortion Campaign, TUIREG Iran Today
Voices - Iraq sanctions busting TUCND Cuba Si
Iran Today TUWorld (ICFTU) Liberty
TUReview MSF special Walsall WEA H&S


W'ton TUC work teams raised £1767.75 working on backstage bars at the main music festivals this year recruiting some new young TU members in the process.
There will be one more, the Radio 1 all-night dance event at Alexander Palace, London on New Year's Eve. We will get £10.50/hour for every worker we bring and they will get free entry. Deadline for places is 22 November. Ring me for details.

W'ton, Bilston & District TUC Secretary's Report July '00
2000 affiliations: ASLEF, CWU(W.Midlands), CYWU, FBU, GMB(W70/Willenhall), GPMU, ISTC(Monmore Tubes), MSF Craft 13/D, MSF 0558, NASUWT, NATFHE(Bilston), NUT, POA, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON Health, UNISON Healthcare, USDAW. Affiliated membership: 11,524

Fete de L'Humanite(Paris) trip organised by B'ham TUC, some places left £150.
14-18 September, (Mick Rice 0121 249 5250 or www.btuc.org.uk

Justice for Jason and Errol McGowan demo - we took the banner and joined the 400+ who braved the rain and marched around a deserted Telford

Justice for the Jhumat family, noon Sat 5th August 13 Booth St, Handsworth to B'ham city centre. Mr Jhumat is being charged with affray for defending his daughter and grandmother after racists attacked their market stall. As with the Satpal Ram case, it is in stark contrast to the treatment of postmaster Richard Watkins and the tabloid support of Tony Martin.

European Health & Safety week 16th-21st October

October 10th/11th, NATO leaders are meeting at the ICC, Birmingham - an ideal opportunity to raise the issue of the role of NATO overseeing the ethnic cleansing of Serbs in Kosovo. CND are planning events.

 

W'ton, Bilston & District TUC Secretary's Report June '00

2000 affiliations: ASLEF, CWU(W.Midlands), CYWU, FBU, GMB(W70/Willenhall), GPMU, MSF Craft 13/D, MSF 0558, NASUWT, NATFHE(Bilston), NUT, POA, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON Health, UNISON Healthcare, USDAW. Affiliated membership: 11,421
Re-affiliations are overdue, could delegates please chase up their own branches.
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200,000 Shop Stewards contribute £440million to UK society by working 5.5 million days voluntarily according to a report by the charity Community Service Volunteers.

JohnO'Groats toLandsEnd - Two marchers from Bury TUC passed through Penkeridge, Pendeford, Tettenhall and Wombourne last month. Some delegates marched with them and Bro.Norman Brackenridgeassisted over a few days with their support vehicle. Two NEHAWU South African trade unionists who were in the town on the same day also met and marched with them.

Fete de L'Humanite(Paris) trip organised by B'ham TUC, some places left £150.
14-18 September, 0121 249 5250 or www.btuc.org.uk

Justice for Jason and Errol McGowan 1 year on - national demo Saturday 1st July, Telford town Park, near town centre, bus and railway stations 11-30am
Speakers: Ken Livingstone, Lee Jasper, Suresh Grover and the McGowan family
Contact Secretary if you are going, so that I can volunteer you for banner carrying duty.

TUC Root out Racism campaign - details of which were not sent to our trades council and I have made a complaint. (I received details via the Communist Party).
From Mon 19 June to Friday 23 June a freephone hotline 08000 320033 is being operated by the TUC for trade unionists (9am to 9pm) who have suffered racist abuse at work to tell their story.

Further details and leaflets: Mike Power TUC 020 7467 1287

Tolpuddle Sunday 16th July, details enclosed, ring early to book your free coach place. In addition to the speakers listed on the leaflet, Tony Benn will also speak.

Ambulance For Cuba - following our donation ealier this year, B'ham, Coventry and Oxford CSC groups and B'ham TUC also made donations and an ambulance has been purchased. It has been used in those towns at events to highlight the appeal. It is available to us if we have volunteers to assist with some solidarity work with Cuba for a day, contact me.

Diversity 2000 - still don't have full details as the organisation has been problematic.
REC 01902 773589 for full details. There will be floats that then go on to the Wolverhampton Town Show in West Park. It will be in conjunction with the Unity carnival. They have requested that trade unions assemble with the floats with their banners and march.
Assemble 10am Saturday 8th July, Grasshopper factory car park, Whitmore Reans. Unity carnival.


W'ton, Bilston & District TUC Secretary's Report May '00

2000 affiliations: ASLEF, CWU(W.Midlands), FBU, GMB(W70/Willenhall), GPMU, MSF Craft 13/D, MSF 0558, NASUWT, NATFHE(Bilston), NUT, POA, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON Health, UNISON Healthcare, USDAW. Affiliated membership: 11,352Re-affiliations are overdue, could delegates please chase up their own branches.
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Congratulations to our President Bro.Rob Marris who won selection as Labour's Parliamentary candidate for W'ton SW in a convincing victory. He'll be expecting us to turn out and help his campaign as the general election approaches.

JohnO'Groats toLandsEnd - unemployed workers' march Thurs May 25th. Two marchers from Bury TUC are on route and will be passing through Pendeford, Tettenhall onto Wombourne. Some delegates will be walking with them and depending on arrangements still to be finalised we may be arranging a pub gathering in the evening. Anyone interested in joining the marchers, or are able to offer accommodation please contact Bro.Norman Brackenridge, (681397.

South African Trade Unionists visit - Thurs May 25th a group of four are expected to be hosted by UNISON that day and a Civic Reception is very likely in the afternoon. We may be able to link up with the JOGLE march either in the afternoon or evening. Delegates will be very welcome to come and meet them at both events. Full details will be available on or after the delegate meeting.

Workers' Memorial Day - over 40 people attended, double last year's record attendance and we attracted press and radio reports before and after the day.

International Workers' Day - up to 200 over the evening enjoyed our celebrations in which was again the best event yet. The total bill of around £1000 will not be met by UNISON Region's sponsorship so the May Day Committee will be writing to branches seeking donations. Reported in Morning Star

W'ton, Bilston & District TUC Secretary's Report April '00

2000 affiliations: ASLEF, CWU(W.Midlands), FBU, GMB(W70/Willenhall), GPMU, MSF Craft 13/D, MSF 0558, NASUWT, NATFHE(Bilston), NUT, POA, TGWU 5/748*, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON Health, UNISON Healthcare.
Affiliated membership: 11,252 *affiliated but yet to pay
Re-affiliations are overdue, could delegates please chase up their own branches.
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Sat 22 April anti-fascist rally in Worcester - NF again are attempting to march in Worcester. Local groups and police are opposing it so may still be banned -details Nick 07932797139 re transport.

Workers' Memorial Day - Friday 28th April 1pm-1-30pm WMD Tree next to war memorial, St Peters Sq. Industrial Chaplain, speeches, wreath laying. Simon Murphy MEP will be present. Young People's H&S is this year's theme.
Remember the dead, fight for the living.

Sat 29 April - B'ham TUC May Day - 1-4pm Union Club, 723 Pershore Rd, stalls and speakers on: Rover, Defend Welfare State, Ireland, anti-racism and Campaign For a Living Wage. Creche. Social 8pm onwards.

Mon 1st May 12noon-3.30pm Penn Ward LP Bar-B-Q & Fete, Woodfield Junior School, Coalway Rd details 

W'ton May Day 1st May 7-11pm - details enclosed. The Committee has been sponsored by UNISON West Midlands and their cross-union Campaign For a Living Wage is the theme. Professional design work has been to produce the quality publicity material in some quantity so contact Nick K asap with requests for material for you to circulate. A lot of effort has gone into this year's organisation of what should be the best event yet so it is important that it is well supported and delegates should be making the effort.


After campaigning especially in W'ton and Leicester by the IWA, the proposed £10,000 visa bond scheme has been dropped for tourists from Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani visitors, it may however be piloted for other countries.

The police are now treating the deaths of Jason & Error McGowan as racist murders.

The homophobic campaign to keep Section 28 which is being funded in Scotland by the Stagecoach boss is now advertising a FREEPOST address. It costs them 20p for every empty envelope that they receive. It will take a few to eat up their £500,000 so start writing now to Keep the Clause, FREEPOST SCO 5219, Perth PH2 8BR.
No stamps please!

W'ton, Bilston & District TUC
Secretary's Report February'00

2000 affiliations: ASLEF, CWU(W.Midlands), FBU, GMB(W70/Willenhall)*, MSF Craft 13/D, MSF 0558, NASUWT, NATFHE(Bilston), NUT, POA, TGWU 5/748*, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON Health.
Affiliated membership: 10,577 *affiliated but yet to pay
Re-affiliations are now overdue, requests were sent out in November, could delegates please chase up their own branches.
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Lufthansa Skychefs - DON'T FLY LUFTHANSA!

The strikers who were due to visit Wolvrhampton last weekend pulled out at the last minute due to illness which was very unfortuneate since arrangements were fully in place for their visits to three temples. Press releases were sent out and we were contacted for interviews by Radio Asian Network and the Morning Star; others may well have printed directly from the press release. No arrangements have so far been made for future visits.

Our Questionairre Survey - as has been previously informed, resulting from discussions around the future role of our trades council, a questionairre was produced and circulated last month. A number of responses have been received with some extremely useful comments, however unless more are sent in a meaningful analysis will be difficult. We are particularly keen to receive forms from delegates who do not usually attend. Duplicate blank copies are available.

March delegate meeting - partly as a reult of initial survey findings, we have booked the March speaker in advance and have circulated details in this mailing. Arun Arora from Thmpson's employment solicitors will give an expert opinion on the Employment Relations Act(1999), the Fairness at Work legislation which will be coming into force in the coming months. It is intended that the meeting be open to all trade unionists so we would hope that branches might circulate the poster to activists and members.

School visit - I have been invited to speak to young adults at Penn Hall school on trade unions. School talks were

 


January 2000 Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TRADES UNION COUNCIL Secretary's Report


In his new year message, the TUC's general secretary, John Monks emphasized the related priorities of jobs and manufacturing. He pointed out that full employment is a realistic demand, not wishful thinking, though no Labour leader since the late John Smith has highlighted this crucial issue.

Official unemployment or claimant count which it is euphem-istically and more accurately known as, stood at over 960,000 in Britain in November, down almost 140,000 on last year This 12% fall was not match-ed in the West Mid-lands where there was a 5% drop. In Wolverhampton, official unemploy-ment is 6,758 down less than 2% last year.

Reality is that there are 3 million people who are either not drawing benefits or have been shunted off the jobless roll by governmental tinkering over the years but who would welcome the offer of work. Job losses at Goodyear and the knock on effect that they will cause, can only further demonstrate the absolute need for the government to dramatically intervene in the economy and evolve a real strategy to bring about full employment. Manufacturing industry, the heart of our local economy, and so fundamental to the national economy, must be supported and redeveloped.


When Thatcher expressed her hatred of our class and our unions, by laying waste to much of Britain's industrial heritage, the Tories claimed that manufacturing jobs would be replaced by service and finance jobs. Trade unionists defending manuf-acturing were accused of living in the past and of failing to apprec-iate the opportun-ities of a new post-industrial era. Yet hundreds of thou-sands of banking, insurance and other finance jobs have gone to the wall as mergers and takeovers have proliferated. Manufacturing has continued to decline, partly as a result of a euro weak against the pound, dollar, yen and amongst a multitude of others, the Ugandan schilling and Russian rouble, and partly because of corporate decisions to relocate to other countries. Relocations have occurred due to the ease that employers can lay off workers in Britain compared with other countries, and low wage, low cost economies especially in eastern europe.