Secretary's Report DECEMBER 2013        Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC  

 

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On December 3rd, UCU members in Further and Higher Education, along with UNITE and UNISON members in Higher Education, went on strike over their continued low pay.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will take strike action Friday 13 and Saturday 14 December, both from 6pm to 10pm. These will be the fifth and sixth strikes since the end of September.

 

Wolverhampton TUC next delegate meeting to be held from

7pm upstairs in the Newhampton pub,

Riches St, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton WV6 0DW

 

Preceded @6.30pm by Black Country Peoples Assembly organising meeting - all welcome

    Black Country People's Assembly is in need of more of our delegates to participate. 

 

Followed at 7.30pm free film show "Condition of the Working Class"

 

 

There is to be a big public launch of the Black Country People’s Assembly, the umbrella anti-cuts groups on

Saturday 25th January at

Arena Theatre 11am-3pm

We aim to encourage participants to get involved in anti-cuts campaigning and have designed sessions to share and teach skills:

 

·     Youth Action – led by CYW-UNITE & Youth Council Wolverhampton

·     Fighting Local cuts – led by Dudley Campaign Against cuts, UNISON, other local groups

·     Collective Gardening – led by Elliot Lord Our Own Future Wolverhampton 

·     Bedroom Tax – led by Birmingham Bed Tax group

·     Zero-hours contract fight – led by Haroon Rashid Bakers union BFAWU 

·     Pensioners – led by Andrea Stanton, Walsall pensioners

·     NHS – led by Stafford save our NHS

·     Countering Far Right – led by UAF/Hope Not Hate

 

We have applied for a joint TUC development grant with the other four local Black Country trades union councils

Leaflets will be available at our next delegate meeting

 

UNION REPRESENTATIVES STAGE 1
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Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Friday 10th January 2014 public meeting on West Bank visit and migrant workers. Wolverhampton PSC 01902 450640; wolvespsc@yahoo. co.uk

 

Our WB&DTUC 2014 affiliation forms have been sent to branches again this month thanks for Unison University & NUT for already returning their 2014 affiliation forms

Secretary's Report NOVEMBER 2013        Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC   

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Please bring along new people to our next meeting 7.15pm Thursday 21st November, to hear an excellent speaker:

Ronnie Draper, General Secretary Bakers Food Allied Workers Union

 on their recent Hovis strike victory

357 Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union organised workers, after several weeks of industrial action saw victory in Wigan:

  • review of staffing levels
  • end zero-hours contracts for 24 staff who now become full-time
  • agency staff only for work peaks and after permanent staff have been offered extra hours

same conditions for agency staff

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Black Country People's Assembly had 14 at the last meeting but is in need of more of our delegates to participate.  Next planning and organising meeting

7:15pm, Tuesday 26th November @ The Pegasus, Jackson Street, Wolverhampton WV6 0QQ

 

5th November marked the 20th Anniversary of the privatisation of the Railways by John Major's Tory government.- from 7:30am 1500 postcards were handed out for Wolverhampton train station commuters, who responded well, to send to MPs demanding re-nationalisation by RMT, ASLEF, Wolverhampton TUC and Peoples Assembly members as part of the Action For Rail campaign.

Industrial action in the last month:

First UK-wide joint strike between higher education unions took place on 31 October.  Universities across the UK were brought to a standstill by strike action by UCU, UNISON and Unite trade unions in an increasingly bitter row over pay.

 

NAPO, the trade union for Probation and Family Court staff in England and Wales walked out of offices for 24hours on 5th November, only their fourth time in a century.

 

Members of the Fire Brigades Union went out on 1st November and again on the 4th. for their third strike over pensions.

 

Postal workers union CWU's threat of a strike on November 4th was enough to force further talks.

 

NASUWT & NUT have postponed forthcoming action as their strike action in October across Britain, forced further talks.

 

International dayschool Saturday 30th November  10am-3pm

workshops on: Labour behind the Label;  Women in Venezuela;  Trade unions in the Philippines

@UNISON offices 24 Livery Street, Birmingham B3 2PA all welcome  FREE LUNCH book This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PSC lobby parliament  Wednesday 27th November  - If you are interested in coming to London to lobby your Wolverhampton MP on Palestine please contact us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

free filmshows: Friday 15th November 9 Star Hotel   Friday 29th November (No) Laughing Matter 

Friends of Chainmakers first meeting: 3pm TUESDAY 3rd December Cradley Heath Library B64 5JU - all welcome the group is being set up to assist the event and to encourage more local people to become involved.

 

Our WB&DTUC 2014 affiliation forms are being sent to branches this month.

 

Secretary's Report OCTOBER 2013        Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC  

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POSTPONED People's Assembly dayschool with journalist/campaigner Owen Jones

Sat 12th October

 

Black Country People's Assembly next planning and organising meeting

7:15pm, Monday 21st OctoberThe Pegasus, Jackson Street, Wolverhampton WV6 0QQ

 

 Defending our right to represent members organised by Midlands TUC

Thursday 24th October 5.30pm – 7.30pm @ 24 Livery Street, Birmingham, B3 2PA

 How can unions respond to the attack on facility time? And defend the ability of reps to represent members individually and collectively? These facility time sessions are for all reps working in both the public and private sectors. To guarantee your place please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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www.wolvestuc.org.uk

Our website was read for a total of 80hours last month. 2,500 page views by 1700 people.

A quarter of visits are via mobile devices, the website has been altered to suit reading on mobiles

Most popular pages:

National minimum wage increase; Volunteering at festivals; Homepage; Socialist songbook; Save NHS demo at Tory conference; Cradley Women Chainmakers' Festival; Local Govt. Pay Claim latest; Teachers' Strike; Wolverhampton MPs` surgery details; Wolverhampton unemployment

 

After two years of action short of strike action, in the dispute over pay, pensions, working conditions and jobs, since no meaningful negotiations are taking place, the NUT and NASUWT took strike action on 1st October 

 

3 coaches went from Wolverhampton and joined over 50,000 demonstrating through the centre of Manchester at the Tory conference. Our coach as with other coaches was half full but we gained contact with 10 new local activists.

 

Fire Brigades Union fire-fighters in Wolverhampton and Bilston staged picket lines for 4 hours in a national strike over pensions on Wednesday 25 September

 

Bedroom tax has pushed two of every five Wolverhampton council tenants into arrears.  Wolverhampton is the worst area in the Midlands  

According to a Freedom of Information Request:

Number of Wolverhampton tenants affected by bedroom tax  2,790

Number of Wolverhampton tenants pushed into arrears since 1 April 2013 1,153

Proportion of tenants pushed into arrears since 1 April 2013 is 41%

 

Hovis  - 357 Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) organised workers, after several weeks of industrial action saw victory in Wigan:

  • review of staffing levels
  • end zero-hours contracts for 24 staff who now become full-time
  • agency staff only for work peaks and after permanent staff have been offered extra hours
  • same conditions for agency staff

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC   Secretary's Report September 2013

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UNION REPRESENTATIVES STAGE 1  ten Mondays from 23rd September
HEALTH & SAFETY REPRESENTATIVES STAGE 1  ten Tuesdays from 24th September

 

Saturday 28th September, Football without Borders 8pm film & discussion with directors @ The Hive, Belmont, Shrewsbury.

Sunday 29th September mass national demo in support of NHS at Tory party conference, Manchester. Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07932 797139 to book a seat on our coach £5/seat or free if you can't afford that.

 (We did not book train tickets since the train station was not near start/finish)

BOOKING ESSENTIAL - coach leaves 9.30am Faulkland St Coach Park, Wolverhampton WV1 1JN returning 4.15pm after rally

If you are a UNISON member ring 01902 554096 to book on their coach which

 leaves 8.30am from Faulkland St Coach Park

 

from 1stOctober 2013:

  • adult hourly rate of the minimum wage increases from £6.19 to £6.31  another below inflation rise, making the NMW worth less
  • development rate (which will cover workers aged 18-20 years) goes up 5p to £5.03
  • rate for 16 to 17-year-olds will rise 4p to £3.72/hour
  • apprentice minimum wage rate will go up 3p to just £2.68 per hour - all apprentices under the age of 19 and those aged 19 and over in the first 12 months of their apprenticeship.
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The Midlands TUC briefing on the effects of Welfare Reform and Universal Credit.

 FOR FULL-TIME OFFICERS AND SENIOR CONVENORS

Tuesday 8 October  10am to 1pm  Lunch provided

Thompsons Solicitors, The McLaren Building, 46 The Priory, Queensway, Birmingham  B4 7LF

 To reserve a place, contact Surjit Chohan at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

A fundraising evening dedicated to MARY SEACOLE organised by UNISON

@ Heritage Centre, Clifford Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, WV6 0AA

Friday 11th October  7.30pm til late  speeches, buffet & dance

 

People's Assembly dayschool with journalist/campaigner Owen Jones

Sat 12th October – see www.wolvestuc.org.uk

 

 Defending our right to represent members organised by Midlands TUC

Thursday 24th October 5.30pm – 7.30pm

@ 24 Livery Street, Birmingham, B3 2PA  registering NOW

 How can unions respond to the attack on facility time? And defend the ability of reps to represent members individually and collectively? These facility time sessions are for all reps working in both the public and private sectors.

To guarantee your place please email Michelle Kesterton at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Almost £3,000 was raised by 22 volunteers for our work/Morning Star at 3 festivals this summer.

 

History of Wolverhampton, Bilston and District Trades Union Council 1865-1990

now online       www.wolvestuc.org.uk/index.php/wbdtuc/589-wbdtuc1865-1990

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC   Secretary's Report JULY 2013

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Proposals deriving from  4,000+ People's Assembly meeting in London:

a)   local People's Assemblies to be established in every area possible;

b)  co-ordinated organisation of local coaches to Sunday Sept 29th Sept demo in support of NHS at the Tory conference in Manchester

c)   a day of civil disobedience on 5 November in every town and city across the country;

d)  a national demonstration in London in the new year

A meeting there of West Midlands delegates present agreed to a meeting of Executive Committee members of Wolverhampton & Bilston, Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell trades union councils to look at co-ordinating a Black Country Peoples' Assembly meeting/activity on July 15th. 

 

Banner Theatre’s 1st of May Band performing Fighting the Cuts !

A Cabaret of Resistance with Music, Video, Comedy & Song

Friday 19th July 7.30pm

Forrest Arts Centre, Hawbush Road, Leamore, WALSALL WS3 1AG

Tickets £3waged £1.50unwaged.   Organised by Walsall Trades Union Council

 

Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July Tolpuddle Martyr`s festival

Sunday 28th July PRIDE parade 1pm Market Sq Wolverhampton

 www.wbcpride.co.uk  tickets 01902 425092, sponsors include UNISON

 

Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign fundraising Garden party £5 entry

Saturday 17th August 2pm-5pm in Wolverhampton, for more information contact 01902 450640
Finger Food – Raffle -  Palestinian crafts & produce - Music – Tea - Coffee - soft drinks

 


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UNION REPRESENTATIVES STAGE 1  10 x Mondaysfrom 23rd September
HEALTH & SAFETY REPRESENTATIVES STAGE 1  10 x Tuesdays from 24th September

 

Sunday 29th September mass national demo in support of NHS at Tory party conference, Manchester

 

We have teams of volunteers working at Leeds and Latitude festival raising money for us this summer. Over £900 was raised by our volunteers at Glastonbury

 

History of Wolverhampton, Bilston and District Trades Union Council 1865-1990

now online       www.wolvestuc.org.uk/index.php/wbdtuc/589-wbdtuc1865-1990

 

Last month’s speaker Jefny Ashcroft, has now registered our joint project recognising Conscientious Objectors within the WW1 commemorations.

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC   Secretary's Report JUNE 2013

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Midlands TUC invites FULL-TIME OFFICERS AND SENIOR CONVENORS  to an essential briefing on young workers and their employment rights: Friday 21 June  10am to 1pm, lunch @noon.

— Current legal and contractual rights affecting young workers
— Health & Safety and protection at work issues
— Organising opportunities and strategies for young workers

MAPLE HOUSE , Corporation Street, Birmingham B4 6TB  contact Mick Brightman on 07900 910329

personal appeal to the labour movement from Ricky Tomlinson: to ask you to sign my Downing Street e-petition. The link is: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/35394 The deadline for signatures is 27 June 2013 so please sign right away, 66,000 signatures needed.

 

Tolpuddle Martyr`s festival Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July 

 

Sunday 28th July PRIDE parade 1pm Market Sq Wolverhampton

 www.wbcpride.co.uk  tickets 01902 425092, sponsors include UNISON

 

History of Wolverhampton, Bilston and District Trades Union Council 1865-1990

now online       www.wolvestuc.org.uk/index.php/wbdtuc/589-wbdtuc1865-1990

 

Stalls were successfully run by us gaining several hundred signatures in Wednesfield and Wolverhampton for the Children’s Centres campaign and Youth Services campaign alongside UNISON, CYW-UNITE and local campaigners.

 

We have teams of volunteers working at Glastonbury and Latitude festival raising money for us this summer.

 

Details of Mary Macarthur Trust enclosed – they accept trade unionists

 

TUC Chainmakers’ festival had a much bigger turnout and was a very successful day. Our stall raised us £25

 

branches affiliated for 2013: 

ASLEF, Community 17000, Community (W’ton Craft), Community Hall Palm, Community (West Midlands), CWU (W’ton),  FBU, GMBx13, NASUWT, NUT, PCS(West Mercia),  POA, Prospect,  RMT, UCATT, UCU College, UCU University, UNISON Acute,  UNISON General, UNISON Police Staff, UNISON University.

15 female delegates, 32 male. 13,500 affiliated trade unionists from 21 branches;

last year 28 branches affiliated 18,000 trade unionists with 38 male and 18 female delegates.

 

1st May, festival.Total cost £1,200 this year; £275 still to raise

 – donations from trade union branches needed to cover this – please raise at your branch, thank you.   This has been a free community event for 19 years.  

 

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UNION REPRESENTATIVES STAGE 1  10 x Mondays
HEALTH & SAFETY REPRESENTATIVES STAGE 1  10 x Tuesdays 

 

Secretary's Report for MAY 2013  Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC    www.wolvestuc.org.uk    info@wolvestuc.org.uk

22nd Wolverhampton Workers' Memorial Day 28th April 60 attended; several excellent speakers; wreaths were laid by FBU, UNISON General, UNISON University, UCATT, PCS, CWU & WB&DTUC

 

1st May, festival went well, good turnout.Total cost reduced to £1,150 this year; £960 still to raise

 – donations from trade union branches needed to cover this – please raise at your branch, thank you.

We have sent a begging letter to affiliated branches.

This has been a free community event for 19 years.  

 

TUC Chainmakers’ Saturday 8th June 11am-5pm

Bearmore Mound Playing Fields, Cradley Heath, B64 6DU

Leaflets available – funds and stewards still required  – we have a stall, so volunteers for half an hour or so each on the stall would be welcome.

 

Wolverhampton Against the Bedroom Tax   www.facebook.com/groups/179125605570388

Held at stall at May Day which went well, getting postcards sent to councillors; copy enclosed more can be supplied.

 

The 68th Annual General Meeting of Britain's only socialist daily newspaper, Morning Star. WB&DTUC are shareholders of this co-operative:  

Thursday 30th May 7pm @ Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham B4 7SX

TUC General Council has decided that the last two weeks in June will be dedicated trade union ‘campaign weeks’.  The expectation is that there will be concerted action with campaign activity taking place across the country on as many days as possible over this two week period, all under the umbrella theme of ‘austerity uncovered’.

Tolpuddle Martyr`s festival Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July leaflets available

History of Wolverhampton, Bilston and District Trades Union Council 1865-1990 is now online       www.wolvestuc.org.uk/index.php/wbdtuc/589-wbdtuc1865-1990

National Minimum Wage rates below inflation rises from 1st October 2013: making the NMW worth less

adult hourly rate of the minimum wage increases from £6.19 to £6.31

workers aged 18-20 years will go up from £4.98 to £5.03

16 to 17-year-olds’ rate will rise from £3.68 to £3.72

Apprentice minimum wage rate will go from £2.65 to just £2.68 per hour, up just 3p - all apprentices under the age of 19 and those aged 19 and over in the first 12 months of their apprenticeship.

Agricultural Wages Board has now been abolished by the Tories/Lib dems.

 

branches affiliated for 2013: 

ASLEF, Community 17000, Community (W’ton Craft), Community Hall Palm, Community (West Midlands), CWU (W’ton),  FBU, GMBx13, NUT, PCS(West Mercia),  POA, Prospect,  RMT, UCATT, UCU College, UCU University, UNISON Acute,  UNISON General, UNISON Police Staff, UNISON University, UNITE (Finance &Legal) 

15 female delegates, 33 male. 13,800 affiliated trade unionists from 21 branches;

last year 28 branches affiliated 18,000 trade unionists with 38 male and 18 female delegates.

Secretary's Report for APRIL 2013

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Wolverhampton Bedroom Tax protest - up to 150 turned up or joined in on 30th March in a great first turnout. We had not called it as it had been announced online but we co-ordinated the rally, which got front-page coverage in Ex&Star. A dozen people spoke from the crowd, many for the first time showing the feeling of people against the government's attack on the poorest in society. For the second time in a fortnight, protests took part in over towns. 

Wolverhampton Against the Bedroom Tax   www.facebook.com/groups/179125605570388

was set up as a result of the protest and 100 joined within a day – it is intended to you this group to make collective decisions about future activities.

Additionally, Wolverhampton council (unlike Walsall & Dudley councils) is making people pay 8.5% of Council Tax out of their benefits.

 

Personal appeal to the labour movement from Ricky Tomlinson:

Dear Brother/Sister,

I am writing to ask you to sign my Justice for the Shrewsbury 24 Pickets Downing Street e-petition http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/35394

 

Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign PUBLIC MEETING

 - The Palestinian Political Prisoners

Friday 19th April 7.15pm refreshments; starts 7.30pm

St Andrews Church Hall, Avion Centre, Whitmore Reans, W’ton 

 

22nd Wolverhampton Workers' Memorial Day

 Sunday 28th April 12.30pm Cenotaph, St Peter's Square W’ton

speakers: Ivan Monkton UNITE NEC , Steve Witton UCATT, Warinder Juss GMB,  wreath laying ceremony

 

Wed 1st May 7pm@ Pegasus 19th annual May Day festival - taking bookings for free stalls. 

Speakers: Debbie Elson PCS, Adrian Turner UNISON, Surjit Singh Khalsa,IWA

Total cost reduced to £1,100 this year – donations from trade union branches needed to cover this – please raise at your branch, thank you. This has been a free community event for 19 years.  Help will be needed to set up on Tues 30th April 7-8pm @Pegasus.

We have 10,000 flyers and will be posting door-to-door so volunteers needed 07932 797139

 

TUC Chainmakers’ Saturday 8th June 2013, Bearmore Mound Playing Fields, Cradley Heath, B64 6DU

 

Action For Rail - our Trades Union Council helped organise 14 volunteers from RMT, UNITE, UNISON & ASLEF who from 6.30am in the snow at Wolverhampton Railway Station, gave out over 1,000 Action for Rail postcards from the TUC to send to MPs - a great response. Postcards are in the mailing, so please post off; it’s freepost. 

10 branches still to re-affiliate to our trades union council for 2013; a number of attempts have been made without response.  

UNITE branches still reporting delays due to re-structures.

 

Thanks to branches that have re-affiliated for 2013: 

ASLEF, Community 17000, Community (W’ton Craft), Community Hall Palm, Community (West Midlands), CWU (W’ton),  FBU, NUT, PCS(West Mercia),  UCATT, UCU University, UNISON Acute,  UNISON General, UNISON Police Staff, UNISON University, UNITE (Finance &Legal)

 

Hope Not Hate anti-Bnp local elections - closest leafleting is: Nuneaton

Sat. 13 April 10.45am Tesco Express, Croft Rd; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Secretary's Report for March 2013

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Wednesday 20th March @ 7pm

The Legacy of Hugo Chavez - Social Justice & Latin American Unity

Carrs Lane Church Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham B4 7SX

Francisco Dominguez (Secretary Venezuela Solidarity Campaign)

Dave Auger (Unison West Midlands International Officer)

 

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UNION Stewards STAGE 1 starting Mon 22 April 2013  10 x Mondays
HEALTH & SAFETY REPS STAGE 1 starting Tues 23 April 2013  10 x Tuesdays 

Wolverhampton Workers' Memorial Day Remember the Dead,   Fight for the Living 
 Sunday 28th April    22nd annual local commemoration

12.30pm Cenotaph, St Peter's square Wolverhampton WV1 1TS

speakers: Ivan Monkton UNITE NEC - Agricultural Workers' safety

      Steve Witton UCATT - Construction industry safety

                Warinder Juss GMB -Tory attacks on H&S laws

Rev. Bill Mash, Industrial Chaplain,  Nick Kelleher, Secretary WB&DTUC,    wreath laying ceremony

colour flyers now available – contact Secretary for copies for your members

Wed 1st May 7pm@ Pegasus annual May Day festival - taking bookings for free stalls now

Bedroom Tax - those in receipt of Housing Benefit being subjected to benefit cuts April 2013:

The proposal will affect an estimated 660,000 working-age social tenants

– 31% of existing working-age housing benefit claimants in the social sector.

The majority of these people have only one extra bedroom

How much will people lose?  - Even the ConDems say those affected will lose an average of £14 a week from the very basic benefit currently deemed the minimum needed to live off.14% of Housing Benefit for one extra bedroom and 25% for two or more extra bedrooms.

All claimants who are deemed to have at least one spare bedroom will be affected. This includes:

  • Foster carers because foster children will not be counted as part of the household
  • Single fathers whose kids visit at weekends and holidays
  • Families with disabled children
  • Disabled people including people living in adapted or specially designed properties.


Additionally, Wolverhampton council is making people pay 8.5% of Council Tax out of their benefits.

 

10 branches still to re-affiliate; UNITE branches have reported delays due to re-structures.

Thanks to branches that have re-affiliated for 2013: 

ASLEF                              Community 17000              Community (W’ton Craft) Community Hall Palm Community (West Midlands)                                      CWU (W’ton)                   FBU       NUT   

PCS(West Mercia)               UCATT                            UCU University                UNISON Acute        UNISON General                UNISON Police Staff           UNISON University         UNITE (Finance &Legal)

Secretary's Report for February 2013

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13 branches still to re-affiliate; UNITE branches have reported delays due to re-structures.

Thanks to branches that have re-affiliated for 2013: 

ASLEF        Community 17000      Community (W’ton Craft)    Community Hall Palm                         Community (West Midlands)       CWU (W’ton)     NUT             PCS(West Mercia)              UCATT       UCU University    UNISON Acute       UNISON General        UNISON Police Staff                       UNISON University            UNITE (Finance &Legal)

 

Elections to be taken at next delegate meeting Thursday 21 Feb:

Nominations from branches are sought for following Vacancies:

  •  Vice-President, Minutes Secretary, Green Officer, Publicity Officer and Executive Committee
  • TUC LGBT conference observer TUC Thurs 4 & Fri 5 July @Congress House
  • our delegate Trades Union Councils conference @Congress House Sat 1st & Sun 2nd June

 

  • 2013 WB&DTUC officers elected are: President : Marie Taylor; Secretary: Nick Kelleher;

Treasurer:  John Grant; other EC: Sylva Sharkey & Jane Ceresa

 

DIARY DATES:

First day of strike action at Halesowen college (last month’s speakers) is 14 Feb picket from 7am

 

LGBT History Month films -Saturday 16th February 7pm @the Hive, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE

 see www.wolvestuc.org.uk

 

Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign  are putting on a free film evening on 

Friday 22nd February 7.15pm for 7.45pm start  Friends' Meeting House, 8b Summerfield Road.

The film is 'Little Town of Bethlehem', promoting the non-violent struggle for peace with justice for the Palestinian people.

 

UNITE the union's social, curry, quiz & disco - all trade unionists welcome

Friday 1st March 2013 @6:30pm Curry  @8pm Quiz  @10pm Disco

Red Mango Restaurant, 157a New Birmingham Road, Oldbury, B69 1QP

Prize for most creative team name £1.50 per head for the Quiz only. All proceeds to local Food Banks in the region  Contact Marie Taylor via  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Event Saturday 9th March 11am until 4pm– Lunch Provided

Asbestos and Women’s Health, an Ongoing Health and Safety Disaster

Venue: The Unison Birmingham Branch, The McLaren Building, 46 the Priory Queensway, Birmingham, B4 7LR.   Speakers: Laurie Kazan-Allen, International Ban Asbestos Secretariat, Hilda Palmer, Hazards Campaign and Families Against Corporate Killers.  Plus a rare chance to see the film Alice A Fight for Life

 

Saturday 13 March NetrootsUK skills day - using the internet to run an effective campaign

http://www.netrootsuk.org/2013/01/birmingham-digital-campaign-skills-workshop-saturday-16-march/