WB&DTUC DECEMBER 2015 Secretary's Report

all details on www.wolvestuc.org.uk

 

Wolves TUC & ASLEF are holding a Action for Rail event at

Bring Back British Rail
Wolverhampton Station on

Monday 4th January 7am – 9am

calling for an affordable railway under public ownership. 1,000 commuters to be leafleted with postcards for MPs. Help needed, even if for only 20minutes

 

www.facebook.com/events/1206459259371032

 

Rail fares will rise again (on 2 January 2016), yet the cost of living doesn’t get any cheaper. Over the last five years fares have risen nearly three times faster than average wages and British passengers continue to pay much higher fares than passengers on publicly-owned railways in Europe. Services are often overcrowded, late and under-staffed, while our heavily subsidised privatised railway wastes over £1billion a year.

 

 

Co-op Bank have closed Cuba Solidarity and Palestine Solidarity accounts without warning. No longer an ethical bank as was taken over by U.S. hedge fund who are now exerting political on a British institution. Unity trust bank which was set up by the TUC is the bank to trust for political accounts. Wolves trades council always used Unity Trust.


150 limited edition, numbered, anniversary (40mm) badges to this design of our banner have been produced, with numbered presentation card and free copy of our history @ £5 see www.wolvestuc.org.uk

 

 


Trade Union Studies Representatives’ Programme - Wolverhampton, Beckminster House, Birches Barn Road, Wolverhampton WV3 7RJ Tel: 01743 342531 to book

 

Union Reps Stage 1, 10 weeks Wolverhampton 9am – 4pm on Mondays from January

Health & Safety Stage 1, 10 weeks 9am – 4pm on Tuesdays from January 2016

 

Our MPs:

Rob Marris voted against British bombing of Syria.

Pat McFadden & Emma Reynolds voted for bombing.

 

2016 EC & officer nominations needed for our January 21st 2016 Annual General Meeting, forms have been sent to branch secretaries, along with affiliation forms; some affiliation forms already returned, thanks.

 

There will be seasonal refreshments at our December 17th meeting, plus the Wolves TUC range of merchandise in case you need that last Xmas present!!

 

NOVEMBER 2015 Secretary's Report

all details on www.wolvestuc.org.uk

 

UNISON'S 5,500 strong petition to Save elderly care at Nelson Mandela House, Merry Hill House and Woden and Bradley Resource Centres was presented to the council


Blacklisted - THE SECRET WAR BETWEEN BIG BUSINESS AND UNION ACTIVISTS

Wednesday 18th November @ 7pm venue: Midlands PCS, 16 Waterloo St, Birmingham, B2 5UG

speakers: Dave Smith; Author Blacklisted, Frank Keogh; West Midlands Unite



Thurs 19 Nov Phil Goalby FBU and Cnllr Greg Brackenridge

will address us on the memory of Norman Brackenridge who died the day after our last meeting

speaker at our next meeting - Clive Walder, a long­standing leading rep in the CWU had an appeal against unfair dismissal rejected by British Telecom on 9 November, confirming his sacking after 38 years of service. Clive is chair of the CWU Birmingham, Black Country & Worcester branch and is a leading lay rep of the union.

Clive worked in a BT call centre and was dismissed after an aggressive customer reported him to management just 33 seconds into a phone call. The decision was made without taking stress into account despite the local CWU branch reporting that 7% of staff at the call centre leave their jobs each month, some walking out mid shift. Management took the decision without consulting any medical advice or taking into account any mitigation.

Contact Clive to send messages of support and invite him to your union branch, shop stewards committee, trades council etc – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07771931185



Midlands TUC Health & Safety Forum Launch

11am, Thursday 3rd December 2015

Unite Office, Pride Point Drive, Pride Park Derby DE24 8BX

 

The launch is open to all Health & Safety Representatives and Officers with an interest.




150 limited edition, numbered, anniversary (40mm) badges to this design of our banner have been produced, NOW available with numbered presentation card @ £5


The way we register to vote in elections to Parliaments and Councils has changed.
When registering we now have to give our National Insurance Number and date of birth as well as our name and the address where we live.
Many millions of people haven't done this. 
 So they are set to be taken off the register on 1 December and lose their right to vote. Based on those registered on 1st December there will be boundary changes to voting constituencies; so if you are not registered you may lose your MP too!
It's easy to register on-line at
www.gov.uk/registertovote

 

OCTOBER 2015 Secretary's Report

 

Save elderly care in Wolverhampton please sign UNISON'S petition to save Nelson Mandela House, Merry Hill House and Woden and Bradley Resource Centres

http://epetition.wolverhampton.public-i.tv/epetition_core/community/petition/3182

 

August - Action for Rail - with a new banner, ASLEF & Wolves TUC handed out cards to 1,000 commuters to send to MPs – lost contact with RMT;TSSA didnt show

 

September – 70 people enjoyed a great night of speeches and Attila the Stockbroker to celebrate our 150th anniversary.

 

At the Trade Union Congress the long fought for motion was passed that trades union councils conference will send a delegate to future Congresses.


October Tory party conference demonstration, UNISON and UNITE sent coaches from Wolverhampton

TUC Midlands first Midlands Equality Conference for activists and representatives from across the region 11am Saturday 31st October, CWU Offices, Summer Lane, Birmingham B19 3TH .



Monday 2nd November - lobby and rally@ Parliament for the Trade Union Bill, UNISON organising transport 01902 554095



150 limited edition, numbered, anniversary (40mm) badges to this design of our banner have been produced, NOW available with numbered presentation card @ £5

 

MAKE SURE OF YOUR VOTE.
 
The way we register to vote in elections to Parliaments and Councils has changed.
When registering we now have to give our National Insurance Number and Date of Birth as well as our name and the address where we live.
Many millions of people haven't done this. 
 So they are set to be taken off the register on 1 December and lose their right to vote. Based on those registered on 1st December there will be boundary changes to voting constituencies; so if you are not registered you may lose your MP too!
 
It's easy to register on-line at
www.gov.uk/registertovote

 

August 2015 Secretary Report WB&DTUC                        all details on www.wolvestuc.org.uk

 

 

 

our 150th anniversary 17 Sept

 

@ the Clarendon from 7pm instead of of usual Civic Centre meeting

  • tickets are limited to 80 £5 waged/ 50p unemployed

    so buy now to avoid disappointment from www.wolvestuc.org.uk

     

 

Save elderly care in Wolverhampton please sign UNISON'S petition to save Nelson Mandela House, Merry Hill House and Woden and Bradley Resource Centres

http://epetition.wolverhampton.public-i.tv/epetition_core/community/petition/3182

 

Tuesday 18 August when the government announces the July inflation figure that will set the price increases from Jan 2016 for regulated fares.

Wolves TUC, ASLEF, TSSA, RMT and Peoples Assembly members will be handing action cards out to 1,000 commuters  that will be sent to MPs from 7am-9am, come and join us outside Wolverhampton train station, even for half an hour

 

No to TTIP campaigning Saturday 22nd August 11am meet in the Woodhouse Fold car park Wednesfield, off Alfred Squire Road, behind the council offices WV11 1XU to talk to members of the public about this dodgy deal - and how together, we can stop it.

 


Sunday 4 October demonstrate at the Tory party conference
Workers and community organisations from across the country will join the demonstration, which will be the first the TUC has organised since the Conservative government came to power. Wolverhampton coaches - contact us now for places

 

Burston Strike School Rally Sunday 6 September

Annual rally to celebrate the longest strike in history: Schoolchildren ‘went on strike’ in 1914 to support their teachers, sacked by the rural squirearchy for organising agricultural workers. Jeremy Corbyn MP to speak

coach from Coventry - 3 free places sponsored by Wolves TUC - contact us

 

WB&DTUC Secretary’s Report July 2015

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

 

new contact number for Secretary is 07538 045376 

old number temporarily out of use, sorry if anyone tried to contact me in last fe weeks and not had a reply

UNISON is urging all probation members to take part in a two-hour strike next Tuesday, 14 July, in support of our campaign for fair pay.

 

latest Midlands TUC newsletter available: https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/June%202015%20newsletter.pdf

 

Over £1,600 was raised for our campaigning and for the Morning Star, by 8 volunteers at the Glastonbury festival where we worked 29 hours each over 5 days on the bars.

We have a team of 8 at this month's Latitude festival.

Delegate meeting Thursday 16 July is last one until Thurs 17 September



London is creating jobs at three times the rate of the West Midlands according to new analysis published by the TUC.

 

The analysis shows that between 2010 and 2014 jobs growth in London (11.5 percent) was more than twice as fast as the UK as a whole (5.1 per cent) and three times as fast as the West Midlands (3.7 per cent).

 

In 2013 economic activity in the West Midlands accounted for 7.2 per cent of the value of the entire UK economy, which is the same as in 2010 but down from 8 per cent in 1997.

 

In 2014 the West Midlands accounted for 8.4. per cent of UK jobs, down from 8.5 per cent in 2010 and 9 per cent in 1997.

2015 affiliation to WB&DTUC: ASLEF, Community (Wolverhampton Craft), Community (Region 4 associates), Community 17000, CWU, FBU, GMB, NASUWT, NUT, PCS (Central Valuation), UCATT UE191, UCU (W'ton College), UNISON General, UNISON (Sandwell), UNISON (Police Staff), UNISON University, UNITE-CYW WM7697, UNITE WM6150, UNITE WM6151

please send in other branch affiliations asap - LAST CHANCE

 

WB&DTUC Secretary’s Report June 2015

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

 

Keep Wednesbury Working protest against 500 jobs cuts Friday 12th June solidarity demo 1.30pm assemble for 2pm start at Dixon's Carphone warehose site, Bilston Road, Wednesbury WS10 7JN

Unite Against Fascism - Fed Up with Racist Groups Marching in Dudley?
Then Join the UNITY Rally and March. Assemble Outside Dudley Council House, Priory Road from 10-30am,
Saturday 13 June

Year Zero Black Country film


'In the Shadow of Elisabeth' project, exploring the union fight to save Bilston Steelworks FREE FILM EVENT:

In aid of World Refugee Day on

Friday 19th June

Doors open at 1.30pm. FREE ENTRY. Bilston Town Hall.

Award-winning director Billy Dosanjh presents his feature 'Year Zero: Black Country.'

 

On Saturday 20 June 2015, the Peoples' Assembly will be organising a major national demonstration to tell the new government: END AUSTERITY NOW

 

local coaches from Wolverhampton

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

 

The National Lobby of Parliament for Palestine will take place on Tuesday 23 June, from 2-6pm contact 01902 450640

 

 

2015 affiliation to WB&DTUC:

ASLEF, Community (Wolverhampton Craft), Community (Region 4 associates), Community 17000, CWU, FBU, GMB, NASUWT, NUT, PCS (Central Valuation), UCATT UE191, UCU (W'ton College), UNISON General, UNISON (Sandwell), UNISON (Police Staff), UNISON University, UNITE-CYW WM7697, UNITE WM6150, UNITE WM6151 please send in other branch affiliations asap - LAST CHANCE

 

 

WB&DTUC Secretary’s Report May 2015

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

 

Congratulations to Rob Marris, the Vice-President of Wolverhampton, Bilston and District Trades Union Council on his election as Labour MP for Wolverhampton South West; and to Emma Reynolds MP in Wolverhampton North East and Pat McFadden MP in Wolverhampton South East, who both increased their majorities.

Labour won 2 extra seat and held all others in the council elections giving them 48 of the 60 seats.

There will be a discussion on the future ahead post-general election at the delegate meeting.

 

Wolverhampton Workers' Memorial Day also had Angela Eagle MP speak. Video and report in Ex & Star (on website). 55 attended the theme for the day was "removing exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace".

 

1st May Wolverhampton Workers' Day. Another successful event with between 200 and 300 attendeed including a Norweigian union delegation from Industri Energie. The Secretary, Bro.Kelleher was awarded with his TUC Silver Badge for Long Service

 

On same night as our delegate meeting, Thurs 21 May 8pm Film We are Many

@ LIGHT HOUSE cinema. The story of the biggest demonstration in human history, which took place on 15th Feb 2003, against the impending war on Iraq.

On Saturday 20 June 2015, the Peoples' Assembly will be organising a major national demonstration to tell the new government: END AUSTERITY NOW

 

local coaches from Wolverhampton

Falkland Street

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07932797139 to book a seat

 

Women Chainmakers' festival will be on SUNDAY 12th July 2015 organised by Midlands TUC, along Cradley High Street

 

2015 affiliation to WB&DTUC, more received, so far from:

ASLEF, Community (Wolverhampton Craft), Community (Region 4 associates), Community 17000, CWU, FBU, GMB, NUT, PCS (Central Valuation), UCATT UE191, UCU (W'ton College), UNISON General, UNISON (Sandwell), UNISON (Police Staff), UNISON University,UNITE-CYW WM7697, UNITE WM6150, UNITE WM6151 please send in other branch affiliations asap.

 

WB&DTUC Secretary’s Report April 2015

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

 

Six volunteers from ASLEF, UNISON & WB&DTUC leafleted 1,500 morning commuters 7-9am at Wolverhampton Railway station as part of the national Action For Rail Campaign day in support of nationalisation of the railways

 

Electoral registration online is possible up to 20 April www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

 

Union Reps Stage 1 ten weeks Beckminster House, Birches Barn Road, Wolverhampton WV3 7RJ Monday 20 April 2015 - Mike Edwards 01743 342 531

 

Wolverhampton Workers' Memorial Day Tuesday 28th April 2015 @12.30pm at the Cenotaph, St Peter's Square Wolverhampton WV1 1TS flyers still left for distribution

 

Friday 1st May Wolverhampton Workers' Day

Pegasus Whitmore Reans doors open 7pm

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/1stmaywolverhampton

new official website http://www.1stmaywolverhampton.org.uk

posters and flyers available for distribution now

leafletting sessions around Whitmore Reans 4,000 homes

meet @ pegasus car park ring 07932 797139 if late or available other times

Thursday 16 April @10am

Friday 17 April @10am

Saturday 18th April @2.30pm

Sunday 19th April @2.30pm

Saturday 25th April @10am

Sunday 26th April @ 10.30am

 

 

Women Chainmakers' festival will be on SUNDAY 12th July 2015 organised by Midlands TUC  along Cradley High Street (new venue)

 

2015 affiliation to WB&DTUC received so far from:

ASLEF, Community (Wolverhampton Craft), Community (Region 4 associates), Community 17000, CWU, GMB, NUT, PCS (Central Valuation), UCATT UE191, UNISON University, UNISON General, UNISON (Sandwell), UNITE-CYW WM7697, UNITE WM6150, UNITE WM6151

please send in other branch affiliations asap.

 

WB&DTUC Secretary’s Report March 2015

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

Saturday 21 March march & rally organised by Stand up to Racism, London

7.15am coach from Falkland St, Wolverhampton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for seat bookings

 

Trade Union Studies - Wolverhampton, Beckminster House, Birches Barn Road, Wolverhampton WV3 7RJ Mike Edwards 01743 342 531

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

 

Wolverhampton Workers' Memorial Day our 24th annual commemoration in association with the Black Country Urban Industrial Mission will take place on Tuesday 28th April 2015 @12.30pm at the Cenotaph, St Peter's Square Wolverhampton WV1 1TS

 

Friday 1st May Wolverhampton Workers' Day

Pegasus Whitmore Reans doors open 7pm

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/1stmaywolverhampton

new official website http://www.1stmaywolverhampton.org.uk

Headline act: Thatchers Love Child confirmed, Transit Trix, Azaad Dhol

Lee Barron Midlands TUC regional secretary, Sue Brealey UNISON, Rob Marris LP, IWA

 

The 2015 Women Chainmakers' festival will be on SUNDAY 12th July 2015 organised by Midlands TUC  along Cradley High Street (new venue)

 

2015 affiliation to WB&DTUC received so far still only from:

ASLEF, Community (Wolverhampton Craft), Community (Region 4 associates), Community 17000, NUT, PCS (Central Valuation), UCATT, UNISON University, UNISON General, UNITE-CYW WM7697, UNITE WM6150, UNITE WM6151

please send in other branch affiliations asap. We've also received a donation from the Musician's Union but they had no delegate so did not affiliate.

 

DSG Defence workers, including those affected at Donnington (Shropshire), who spoke ar our AGM, have accepted a new offer to end a long-running dispute over pay. Members of Unite at the Defence Support Group (DSG) voted by 9-1 in favour of a one per cent rise plus a bonus of £1,250.

 

Seeking interest in a joint campaign with trade union branches and/or community organisations:

The TUC is offering Trade Union Councils a special grant of up to £500 this year only for campaigns on either:

· Opposing outsourcing and privatisation at local and national level

· Fighting NHS fragmentation and defending local health services

· Exposing the effects of the government’s cuts on services, benefits and working people at local level

· Campaigning to defend welfare and oppose the stigmatisation of claimants

 

new look website Only a year ago most hits on our website were from desktops.  Now more people are viewing the site from mobiles. So we have redesigned the www.wolvestuc.org.uk website to work better on mobiles and have given it hopefully a fresher look on desktops too.

 

The Wolverhampton May Day Committee has also launched their own website www.1stmaywolverhampton.org.uk

 

WB&DTUC Secretary’s Report February 2015

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

Thurs 26 February at 19:30 Palestinian farmer to speak at Wolverhampton Fair Trade and Palestine Solidarity Campaign Zaytoun event. Doors open 7pm; St Andrew's Church Hall St Andrew's Close, Hunter Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, WV6 0QZ

Tuesday March 3rd @7pm Dudley TUC; Lamp Tavern, High Street, Dudley DY1 1QT Fords Dagenham speaker Sheila Cohen and Lee Barron.

The TUC in the Midlands is delighted to announce our first Women at Work Week designed to highlight women workers in the run up to International Women’s Day on 8th March.

3rd March – Meeting with the Regional Governor of the Bank of England with presentation on the impacts of austerity on women workers

5th March – Equality, Still on the Horizon one day workshop specifically for Women Trade Unionists in the Midlands. These workshops have been designed, developed and will be delivered by TUEd centres across the Region in Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Leicester and Solihull

6th March – Inaugural Mary Macarthur Lecture will be given by the TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady

7th March – The Midlands TUC Regional Women’s Committee will be out in Coventry from 2pm leafleting the public and supporting the Coventry Women’s Voice Reclaim the Night event that evening.

Saturday 21 March march and rally organised by Stand up to Racism in London 7.15am coach from Falkland St, Wolverhampton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for seat bookings

Fancy free entry to music festivals - volunteer 2015? We have to apply for places at festivals by 21st March 2015 so if you want to apply it needs to be done by then.

Trade Union Studies - Wolverhampton, Beckminster House, Birches Barn Road, Wolverhampton WV3 7RJ Mike Edwards 01743 342 531

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

 

2015 affiliation to WB&DTUC received so far ONLY from:

ASLEF, NUT, UCATT, UNISON University, UNITE-CYW WM7697, UNITE WM6150, UNITE WM6151 and Community 17000 many thanks please send in other branch affiliations asap

 

Seeking interest in a joint campaign with trade union branches and/or community organisations:

for campaigns on either:

· Opposing outsourcing and privatisation at local and national level

· Fighting NHS fragmentation and defending local health services

· Exposing the effects of the government’s cuts on services, benefits and working people at local level

· Campaigning to defend welfare and oppose the stigmatisation of claimants

 

The TUC is offering Trade Union Councils a special grant of up to £500 this year only. Additionally we have our own funds and so may be amenable to additional co-funding with partner organisation if campaign costs rise above £500.

Fund applications must be submitted through Midlands TUC Regional Secretary for their agreement. If our bid is successful a report of our event will also have to be made.

 

UNITE's DSG workers who spoke at our last meeting have suspended their week of strike action end January to ballot an improved offer of a one-off £1,250 bonus.