WB&DTUC Secretary’s Report December 2014

full details of all information below on www.wolvestuc.org.uk

 

Wolverhampton Amnesty International Sunday December 14th from 7.30pm at the United Reform Church on Lea Road WV3 0LW to participate in annual greetings card campaign.

 

Midlands TUC has organised Decent Jobs Week 15 – 19 December, though there are no events planned in Wolverhampton currently.

 

TUC's Action for Rail & Peoples AssemblyRailway protests on Monday January 5th, calling for Public Ownership and Sustainable transport days after train fares increase again above the rate of inflation.

We already have some of the most expensive fares in Europe. We also have the most fragmented service, and it is the case that the government is now subsiding railways (and the franchises) MORE than when British Rail was de-nationalised.

leafleting of commuters at Wolves railway station - need volunteers before we agree activity so please make contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. thanks


UNISON & GMB pickets at New Cross striking over pay 24-11-14

 

latest Midlands TUC newsletter see:

http://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/December 2014.pdf

 

2015 Trade Union Studies - Wolverhampton, Beckminster House, Birches Barn Road, Wolverhampton WV3 7RJ)Mike Edwards01743 342 531

Union Reps Stage 1 ten weeks Wolverhampton 9am – 4pm Monday 12 January 2015

Health & Safety Stage 1 ten weeks Wolverhampton 9am – 4 pm Tuesday 13 January 2015

Union Reps Stage 1 ten weeks Wolverhampton 9am – 4 pm Monday 20 April 2015

Health & Safety Stage 1 ten weeks Wolverhampton 9am – 4 pm Tuesday 21 April 2015

 

'In the Shadow of Elisabeth' project, exploring the union fight to save Bilston Steelworks is looking to source potential interviewees whom remember the 'battle for Bilston.' This may be former steelworkers themselves or union activists whom may have witnessed or took part in the community action against the Government and British Steel. In the New Year ITSOE will be looking for volunteers to be trained in a range of heritage skills including archival research, reminiscence and oral history interviewing. If you are able to help please contact Greig Campbell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

West Midlands workers would be over £80 a week better off had pay risen at pre-recession rate. This is the seventh year that average weekly earnings have been falling – the longest period since records began in the 1850s, says the TUC.

2015 affiliation to WB&DTUC received so far from:

UCATT, UNISON University and Community 17000

many thanks please send in other branch affiliations asap

WB&DTUC Secretary’s Report October 2014

full details of all information below on www.wolvestuc.org.uk

 

We are Birmingham - Don't let the racists divide us!

Saturday 11 October at 11am Victoria Square, Birmingham

 

13-15 October mass national strikes:

Health workers go on strike for 4 hours on Monday 13th October
Local Government workers go on strike 24 hours on Tuesday 14th October
Civil Service workers go on strike 24 hours on Wednesday 15th October

Carolyn Jones, Director of The Institute of Employment Rights will speak on the The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a proposed trade deal between the EU and the US 8pm Thursday 16th October @ Wolverhampton Civic Centre

Saturday 18 October TUC mass demonstration in London under the banner of Britain Needs a Pay Rise.

We have booked a coach from Wolverhampton

leaves Falkland St coach park 8am

BOOK your seat now free/£5/£10

07932797139

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STILL THE ENEMY WITHIN - Miners' Strike 30th anniversary

Monday 3rd November, 7.45pm Lighthouse cinema, Wolverhampton

 

lobby of full council will take place outside council chamber level 4 civic centre Wolverhampton from 5pm to 5.30pm on Wednesday 5th November led by UNISON members from the Neighbourhood Warden Service who collected over 4,000 signatures from local council tax payers to force the council to debate the issue.

 

Old Tree Nursery –

consultation ongoing until 28 November – postcards now available . 10 disabled council workers jobs under threat.

Bro.Kelleher is their shop steward

WB&DTUC Secretary’s Report September 2014

full details of all information below on www.wolvestuc.org.uk

 

 

UNION REPRESENTATIVES STAGE 1 ten x Mondays course in Wolverhampton from Monday 22 September contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 01743 342531

 

Wolverhampton Pride Saturday 27th September walking parade 1pm Fold St car park to opening in city centre at 2pm

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Sunday 28 September Midlands TUC at Tory conference march 12.30pm and Hard -up rally 11am-4pm

Victoria Sq, Birmingham

Owen Jones, Dave Prentis & Mark Serwotka speaking

 

Wednesday 1st October is International day of Older People. Birmingham Broad Street 11am-1pm

It coincides with the last day of the Tory Party Conference

  • give the Tories a send-off they’ll remember!

     

from 1st October 2014: adult hourly rate of the minimum wage will increase from £6.31 to £6.50

 

Drop The Charges On The Shenstone 9 Stop The Arms Trade With Israel

Monday 6th October 9am @ The Court House, Wolverhampton Road, Cannock, WS11 1AT

Carolyn Jones, Director of The Institute of Employment Rights will speak on the The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a proposed trade deal between the EU and the US 8pm Thursday 16th October @ Wolverhampton Civic Centre

Saturday 18 October TUC mass demonstration in London under the banner of Britain Needs a Pay Rise.

We have booked a coach from Wolverhampton

leaves Falkland St coach park 8am

BOOK your seat now free/£5/£10

07932797139

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

lobby of full council will take place outside council chamber level 4 civic centre Wolverhampton from 5pm to 5.30pm on Wednesday 5th November led by UNISON members from the Neighbourhood Warden Service who collected over 4,000 signatures from local council tax payers to force the council to debate the issue.

 

another Action For Rail leafleting of 1,000 commuters was undertaken by Wolves TUC volunteers 

WB&DTUC Secretary’s Report July 2014

 

10th July national 2 million strong strike by FBU, UNISON, PCS, UNITE, GMB and the NUT. Strike strong locally. 150 attended Wolverhampton rally. Speakers: Chris Morrison PCS nat exec, Stuart Grant Wolverhampton NUT secretary, Pardeep Raw FBU, Adrian Turner secretary Wolverhampton UNISON & Nick Kelleher WB&DTUC

Firefighters union FBU will be striking 14-21st July see www.wolvestuc.org.uk for details – please visit picket lines to show solidarity. The Fire Brigades Union has been in negotiations with the government for three years in an attempt to avoid the implementation of proposals that they say would see firefighters paying more, working longer and receiving less.

 

UNION REPRESENTATIVES STAGE 1 ten x Mondays course in Wolverhampton from Monday 22 September contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 01743 342531

 

Britain needs a pay rise – TUC demonstrations:

 

Sunday 28 September Demonstrate at Tory conference march and rally at the Conservative Party Conference Birmingham

 

Saturday 18 October TUC mass demonstration in London under the banner of Britain Needs a Pay Rise. We have booked a coach from Wolverhampton

Report of our delegate to Trades Union Councils' Conference 2014 see www.wolvestuc.org.uk

People's Assembly national demonstration London 21st June - Two Black Country coaches went 50,000 there Russell Brand, Owen Jones, Francesca Martinez, Len McClusky, Christine Blower all spoke

 

1st May event, £267 of £1,360 still to raise – further requests have been sent out, please make cheques payable to “Wolverhampton May Day Committee”

 

WB&DTUC Secretary’s Report June 2014

 

Thursday 19th June 2014 7pm -7.30pm delegate meeting

@ Electric Club Chapel Ash WV3 0QH

Public meeting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.';document.getElementById('cloak05fc11b323e95119ea946a83b29529aa').innerHTML += ''+addy_text05fc11b323e95119ea946a83b29529aa+'<\/a>'; speaker: Dr Francisco Dominguez, Secretary of Venezuela Solidarity Campaign will speak: Behind the Violence in Venezuela

 

Saturday 21st June People's Assembly national demonstration London

Coach from Falkland Street coach park Wolverhampton leaves 8am and Walsall @ 8.30am

To book seats ring 01922 405343 £10/£5/free with support of trade unions

+ Coach pickups @ Dudley 8am, Oldbury 8.30am & Birmingham 8.50am - to book seats ring 01384 813875

Russell Brand, Owen Jones, Francesca Martinez, Len McClusky, Christine Blower all speaking

 

AFTER KERRY: WHAT NEXT FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN PALESTINE?

Public Meeting. FRIDAY 27th June 7.30pm (refreshments and craft stall from 7pm)

Friends Meeting House. 8b Summerfield Road. Wolverhampton. WV1 4PR

SPEAKERS: Kamel Hawwash (Vice Chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign)

+ Rob Marris (Prospective Labour Party Candidate for Wolverhampton South West)

 

Wolverhampton kept fascist free again

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council organised 8 leafleting sessions of Hope Not Hate anti-BNP material in Bushbury North & Springvale wards. Anti-ukip leaflets were also distributed to homes in Wednesfield South where there was a Labour gain Bro Brackenridge (Jr). Our message was to use your vote against the fascists. Turnouts where we leafleted increased and were much higher than in neighbouring wards.

Springvale Bnp less than 2% - lowest ever percentage and just 64 votes, lowest number of votes cast here for a fascist candidate and lowest vote of any candidate in any of 20 wards. Ex-Liberal retained seat as UKIP

Bushbury N - Bnp 3.7% lowest ever percentage (14% last council election)and just 116 votes, lowest number of votes cast here for a fascist candidate. 3097 votes cast (2233 cast in Bush S, 2674 in Oxley) again higher than average turnout Labour gain

They got under 2% across the city in the Euro election just 1,138 votes in total with the other openly-fascist group English Democrats under 1%.

 

Academic, John Tulley from Australia, who has been corresponding with us for the last two years and researching the Tinplate workers from Wolverhampton transported to Tasmania in 1819. He visited Wolverhampton this month and met Wolves TUC secretary and members of the Craft branch of Community which is the current incarnation of the original Tinplate workers branch which dates back to 1802.



1st May event, £380 of £1,360 still to raise – further requests have been sent out, please make cheques payable to “Wolverhampton May Day Committee”

WB&DTUC Secretary’s Report May 2014

 

At our last delegate meeting, Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council took the decision to continue our successful policy of campaigning against the fascist BNP whenever they stand. BNP standing in Bushbury North and Springvale again (but no longer Bilston N) in the May 22nd local council elections, same candidates also in euro-election.

 

60 person-hours volunteering needed to leaflet 10,000 homes.

Leafleting sessions of anti-BNP material will be:

Saturday 10th May10.30am meet @Three Tuns shopping arcade/Wing Wah top of Stafford Rd, 499 Stafford Road, Fordhouses, Wolverhampton WV10 6RR

Sunday 11th May 10.30am @Turmeric Indian Restaurant (Copper Bowl)

200 Birmingham New Road, Wolverhampton WV4 6NZ

Friday 16th May 7pm@Springvale Library off Lawnswood Avenue top of Birmingham New RdWV4 6SG

 

Saturday 17th May10.30am Springvale @ Turmeric Indian Restaurant (Copper Bowl),

200 Birmingham New Road, WV4 6NZ

Sunday 18th May 10.30am Bushbury N @ shops/library Hellier rd off Northwood Park WV10 8ED

 

 

Saturday 7th June 2014 -we have a stall at the tenth Midlands TUC Cradley Women's Chainmakers' festival  Bearmore Mound Playing Fields, Cradley Heath, B64 6DU

on Friday 6th June Friday night at the Chainmakers @ Leftfield Marquee in Bearmore Park



60 people came to our 23rd annual Workers' Memorial Day





1st May event, it was well attended all night

about 300 came, 200 free meals served, 3,500 local homes leafleted.

£500 of £1,400 still to raise

 

WB&DTUC Secretary’s Report April 2014

 

Affiliated branches: ASLEF, Community 17000, Community Craft, Community Region 4 Associates, CWU, GMB X13, NASUWT, NUT, PCS (C&V), RMT, UCATT, UCU (College), UNISON Acute, UNISON General, UNISON Police Staff, UNISON University, UNITE WM6150, UNITE WM 6151

Branches affiliated to us last year but not so far for 2014:FBU, CYW-UNITE (both agreed to) and POA

 

Saturday 29th March Midlands trade union councils conference Birmingham Trades union council report
8 men 6 women attended from Wolves, Walsall, Dudley, Coventry and East Midlands trades union councils present. no Birmingham or Sandwell Trades union councils.
Trades union councils are link to local community.
Some branches now regional covering larger areas making it hard to get actively involved.
East Midlands TUCJCC rep sends all minutes and info to branches. Never happened in West Midlands despite numerous requests over years.
Problems identified by me:

As delegates are selected by branches hard to get younger diverse delegates unless elected. So need to reach out. Invites to branches are rare so personal contact and invite main way.
Branches campaigning around own terms and conditions in main, little or no public campaigns. Sometimes don't tell local trades union council.

Midlands TUC 2nd April Fair pay fortnight event in wolves in few days – we had no knowledge of it
TUC prog of work covers all work not specific similar each year.

Leftspace presentation on TUC-backed cheap simple websites for progressive groups. Inc unions in community - trades councils communal website. Walsall TUC and others took up.

Demo at Tory conf Sun 28 Sept is important to build for
Email alerts from Midlands TUC blog are possible
£5 donation to 1st may wolves from Walsall Trades union council secretary
reports from Trades union councils:
Leicester trades union council Sat 2 Aug 2-4pm re-enact anti war meeting of 1914. Have 2 functioning sub committees and drawing other union activists in
Northampton producing pamphlet a vision for town.
Derby using peoples charter and the alternative - working well

  • Saturday 26th April Love Music Hate Racism festival Dudley Town Hall

  • Monday 28th April 12.30pm Cenotaph Wolverhampton -Workers Memorial day

  • TUC UNION REPRESENTATIVES course Stage 1 at Wolverhampton college, ten Mondays from 28 April 2014 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01743 342531

  • Tuesday 29th April 7.30pm Black Country People’s Assembly next organising meeting

  • Thursday 1st May 7pm annual international Workers’ Day celebrations Pegasus, Wolverhampton WV6 0QQ inc. Urbun Roots reggae, Transit Trix, Tim Martin, Nicaraguan TU leader, Ade Turner & Rob Marris.

  • Saturday 7th June 2014 tenth Midlands TUC Cradley Women Chainmakers' festival again in Bearmore Mound Playing Fields, Cradley Heath, B64 6DU. Also event on Friday evening same venue.

  • Saturday 21st June People's Assembly national demonstration London

  • Sunday 28 September 2014, march and rally Conservative Party Conference, Birmingham

  • Saturday 18 October TUC mass demonstration in London under the banner of Britain Needs a Pay Rise. We have a coach booked, £300 TUC grant has been agreed - tickets now available £10/£5/free

 

3 coaches from Black Country & Birmingham went to London 22nd March national demonstration against racism & fascism marking UN Anti-Racism Day. Local trade unionists and Roma group went.

WB&DTUC Secretary’s Report March 2014

Affiliated branches:  ASLEF,   Community 17000, Community Craft, Community Region 4 Associates,   CWU,   NASUWT,   NUT,   UCATT,  UNISON General, UNISON Police Staff, UNISON University, UNITE WM6150, UNITE WM 6151

branches which affiliated to us last year but not so far for 2014:

FBU, GMB, PCS, POA, UNISON Acute, UCU, RMT, CYW-UNITE

 

TUC UNION REPRESENTATIVES course Stage 1 at Wolverhampton college, ten Mondays from 28 April 2014  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01743 342531

Press coverage:
Last month’s  Atos protest in Wolverhampton was covered in the Express & Star with a quote from the secretary.

BBC Midlands & ITV Midlands TV interviews, Express & Star and BBC West Midlands radio interviews by President and Secretary and local trade unionists on protest against 2,000 council job cuts. Turnout was poor however.

Next protest is Wed 19th March 5.30pm council chamber level 4, civic centre, Wolverhampton on Budget Day

  The secretary was also interviewed live on WM Radio about  RMT Gen Sec Bob Crow after his untimely tragic death. 

It was sad to note that another larger than  life trade unionist and former Bilston MP Dennis Turner has also died.

 

Diary dates:

Thursday 20th March WB&DTUC meeting

7.15pm Wolverhampton Civic Centre

 

Saturday 22nd March national demonstration against racism & fascism

& marking UN Anti-Racism Day.

Coach from: Wolverhampton @ earlier time of 7.15am Faulkland St coach Park

to book a place ring 07847 673531 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. £10/£5/free

 

Saturday 29th March Midlands trade union councils conference Birmingham – we can send up to 2 delegates and one motion but must decide at this month’s meeting.

 

Monday 31st March 7.30pm Black Country People’s Assembly next organising meeting will be: @ Lych Gates Tavern (upstairs) 44 Queen Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1TX

Tues 8th and Wednesday 9th April at 7.30pm only - Brassed Off @ Grand Theatre.

   Claim up to 4 best available tickets for just £15 each  - Code: UNION15

Saturday 26th April Love Music Hate Racism festival Dudley Town Hall
Monday 28th April 12.30pm Cenotaph Wolverhampton - Workers Memorial day
Thursday 1st May 7pm annual International Workers’ Day celebrations Pegasus, Wolverhampton WV6 0QQ inc.Urbun Roots, Transit Trix, Tim Martin, Ade Turner & Rob Marris.
Saturday 7th June 2014 is the date for the tenth Midlands TUC Cradley Women Chainmakers' festival will be in Bearmore Mound Playing Fields, Cradley Heath, B64 6DU
Saturday 21st June People's Assembly national demonstration London
Sunday 28 September 2014, march and rally Conservative Party Conference, Birmingham

Saturday 18 October TUC is to organise a mass demonstration in London under the banner of Britain Needs a Pay Rise. We will have a coach.

WB&DTUC Secretary’s report February 2014-02-03

Black Country People’s Assembly launch went very well with 100 attending and 85 new signups.

UCU and UNISON have continued university and higher education strikes.

A number of union branches are still to affiliate to us for 2014.

Diary dates:
Wednesday 19th February 8am @  Atos, Wolverhampton Assessment Centre, Ground Floor and First Floor, 15-17 Pearl Assurance House, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4DJ. Read more: anti-Atos protest 10,600 disabled people died within 6 weeks of their disability benefits being stopped by Atos/DWP between January and November 2011, and then they stopped counting.  There will be 144 simultaneous demonstrations outside Atos centres all over Britain called by the group Anonymous https://www.facebook.com/ATOSNationalDemo

Thursday 20th February  next WB&DTUC meeting interested trades unionists and those interested in joining a union are invited 7.15pm Wolverhampton Civic Centre (Wulfruna Street entrance) 3rd floor room 2 Read more: next WB&DTUC meeting

Saturday 22 February  Crisis in the NHS conference on the dangers of Privatisation 11.30am to 4pm Priory Rooms, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham B4 6AF Read more: NHS conference

Saturday 22 February 10am-5pm Women’s Assembly Against Austerity, Conway Hall, Red Lion St, London

Wednesday 26th February Walsall Against Cuts meeting 6.30pm Royal Hotel WS1 2EL Read more

Thursday 27th February 5pm protest against budget cuts, Walsall Council House, Leicester Street, Walsall Read more

Tuesday March 4th @7pm Fords Dagenham speaker Lamp Tavern, High Street, Dudley DY1 1QT Read more: Fords Dagenham speaker
 
Saturday 15th March National People's Assembly conference London

Wednesday 19th March Budget Day protest 'Britain needs a pay rise'

Thursday 20th March WB&DTUC meeting interested trades unionists and those interested in joining a union are invited 7.15pm Wolverhampton Civic Centre (Wulfruna Street entrance) 3rd floor room 2 Read more: WB&DTUC meeting

Saturday 22nd March national demonstration against racism & fascism 

Wednesday 26th March Walsall Against Cuts meeting 6.30pm Royal Hotel WS1 2EL Read more

TUC courses sign up now.....for April 2014 Read more: Trade union courses in Wolverhampton
 
Saturday 26th April Love Music Hate Racism festival Dudley Town Hall

Monday 28th April 12.30pm Cenotaph Wolverhampton - Workers Memorial day

Thursday 1st May 7pm annual International Workers day celebrations Pegasus, Wolverhampton WV6 0QQ

Saturday 7th June 2014 is the date for the tenth Midlands TUC Cradley Women's Chainmakers' festival will be in Bearmore Mound Playing Fields, Cradley Heath, B64 6DU

Saturday 21st June People's Assembly national demonstration London


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