Secretary's Report SEPTEMBER 2017 Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC

National Demonstration - Sunday 1 October

Tories Out | No More Austerity | Scrap the Pay Cap
For Decent Health, Homes, Jobs & Education

Assemble: 12:00pm, Castlefield Arena, Rice Street, Manchester - March to the Conference Centre. This is the main event in the week which coincides with the opening of the Conservative Party conference.

book now free Wolverhampton transport by UNITE THE UNION
9-45am Sun 1st Oct Pipers Row, Wolverhampton WV1 3JY (opposite Wulfrun Hotel)

All West Midlands coaches will drop off at: Assembly Point: 12pm Castle Field Arena, Rice Street, Manchester – march to the Conference Centre
all COACHES TO RETURN AT 4.30PM FROM MANCHESTER

To book a place(s), please contact Surjit Chohan on 0121 553 6051, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please give: Full name, Union/Organisation, Contact number (preferably mobile), Pickup point, i.e. Wolverhampton etc. Number of place(s)

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Aug 2017: Fascist Britain First group (the group linked to the murder of Jo Cox MP) tweeted about a national mobilisation of a ' Day of Action' which Wolves TUC found out about with less than 24hrs notice but called an anti-fascist mobilisation along with Black Country UAF and passers by joined to to make it know they were not welcome. We made front page Ex&Star Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC has written to The Wolverhampton Chief Superintendent complaining of the way police were directed to act on the day – still not had response.

  • Union Reps Stage 1 10 x Mondays from 18 Sept 2017

    Health & Safety Stage 1 9 am – 4 pm 10 x Tuesdays from 19 Sept

    at Shrewsbury College & GMB Offices, Hanley Stoke on Trent 01743 342531 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Courses will only take place in Wolverhampton if sufficient demand.

    Our response is in the July minutes see www.wolvestuc.org.uk

Anthony Molloy, Chair of the Labour Land Campaign is speaking about Land Value Taxation at our meeting of Thurs 19 October 2017

Secretary's Report JULY 2017 Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC

 

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Immigration is being talked about everywhere. On TV, on the bus, in the tabloids, down the pub, at work, in Parliament. Many of us have strong opinions on immigration, but some of the voices in this conversation have been louder than others.

We will be holding a group discussion at our next meeting 20 July

This survey can also be completed individually online http://nationalconversation.uk/survey/

is a chance to give your opinion and influence the future direction of immigration policy in the UK. It is part of the National Conversation on Immigration, findings will be presented to the Home Affairs Committee inquiry on immigration. This is your chance to influence policy It is anonymous and takes around 5 minutes to complete.

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Union Reps Stage 1 10 x Mondays from 18 Sept 2017

Health & Safety Stage 1 9 am – 4 pm 10 x Tuesdays from 19 Sept at Shrewsbury College & GMB Offices, Hanley, Stoke on Trent

Courses will take place in Wolverhampton if sufficient demand. These are available for all courses from Trade Union Studies at Shrewsbury College, London Road, Shrewsbury SY2 6PR 01743 342531 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

  • Thursday 21st September - Shrewsbury 24 campaign speaker reporting on the long awaited outcome of the Criminal Case Reveview Commission; organised by Wolverhampton TUC 7pm new venue tbcTUC Women Chainmakers' Festival of Cradley Heath was a success again. We had a stall well staffed with volunteers this year.

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Secretary's Report JUNE 2017 Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC

Wolverhampton stays Red

wolvesmps2017juneWell done to UNISON activist Eleanor Smith who won Wolverhampton SW along with Pat McFadden & Emma Reynolds who were also returned for Labour at the General Election. Eleanor promoted Corbyn's leadership in her social media and had a huge turnout in volunteers.

 

Under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership the Labour Party has grown to half a million, the largest political party in western europe. His election campaign speeches were heard by mass crowds all over Britain and he got across political messages for a change and messages that engaged people to vote and overturned a massive poll deficit. He has inspired a new generation of potential activists despite the attacks from some of his own MPs, the Party machine and almost all forces of the media.

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Corbyn swamped by first time voters at Birmingham rally

Since last meeting:

  • PCS union members were joined by members of WB&DTUC executive committee to petition Wolverhampton

  • WB&DTUC delegates assisted Midlands TUC touring Wolverhampton and Dudley

  • Palestine Hunger Strike solidarity Protest Vigil, Queens Sq.1 IMG 20170519 172528

  • National, Local Waspi Demo' Day held in Queen's Square

    TUC Women Chainmakers' Festival of Cradley Heath Saturday 1st July 2017 Cradley Heath High Street from 11am We have a stall booked. Full details and lineup on www.wolvestuc.org.uk

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    Thursday 21st September - Shrewsbury 24 campaign speaker reporting on trhe long awaited outcome of the Criminal Case Reveview Commission; organised by Wolverhampton TUC Civic centre Wolverhampton 7-15pm

    Funds are being sought payable to “Wolverhampton May Day Committee” c/o WB&DTUC £500 still needed to pay for 2017 event. Donations so far of £960 from ASLEF, UNISON Wolverhampton General, UNISON W Mids, UNITE West Midlands, WB&DTUC and £75 collection on night - costs of £1,454 see www.1stmaywolverhampton.org.uk

Secretary's Report MAY 2017 Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC

2017 has been one of our most active starts to a year with public activity on Action For Rail, street stalls in Wednesfield and Bilston for Heart Unions Week, sent delegates to 4 or 5 conferences, all were women delegates, Save our Guards public campaign, 4 open meetings with speakers, organised travel for demonstrators to London for the NHS demo, advertised all local labour movement events; reached over 30,000 this year through facebook and 11,000 page views on our website. Then we've just had Workers' Memorial Day with our help in the success of intoducing the Dying to Work campaign and May Day, the biggest local labour movement event of the year when our volunteers leafleted 4,000 homes in Whitmore Reans. 20 people are signed up to work for us for free at Glastonbury & Latitude festivals next month, each giving up a week's leave, to fund our activites. Several local union branches and campaigning groups have already sought our help this year and been given it.

Yet and despite writing each month since last October plus emails, 10 branches have failed to re-affiliate from last year. We have made a deliberate attempt to involve non-affiliated branches. This is the worst response since I became Secretary 22 years ago. Every trade union has policy for their branches to affiliate to their trades union council, all Midlands regional secretaries encourage their branches to affiliate. Most regions will even pay the fee, but only when requested by the branch.

It is only when we are united will we have success, as divided we fall.


Wolverhampton Workers' Memorial Day - from the look of pictures around Britain, it's hard to find one better attended than the 70 people who heard Roger Lawrence Wolverhampton Council Leader praised joint work between UNISON the Trades Union Council and Labour Council to bring about the introduction of the Dying to Work Charter and employment protection for terminally ill employees of the council. Although the Express and Star were present no report appeared but the following day the headline was on the POA's report on prison violence that Jackie Marshall Prison Officers Association NEC had spoken about.

Funds are being sought payable to “Wolverhampton May Day Committee” c/o WB&DTUC

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£500 still needed to pay for 2017 event. Donations so far of £960 from ASLEF, UNISON Wolverhampton General, UNISON W Mids, UNITE West Midlands, WB&DTUC and £75 collection on night - costs of £1,454 see www.1stmaywolverhampton.org.uk

Defend Women's Right To Choose - Sat 20 May Victoria Square Birmingham organised by Abortion Rights to which WB&DTUC is affiliated

Out of the Darkness - new exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery untilSunday 4th June showcases the talents of the Wolverhampton's homeless community who have been documenting their lives through street photography and oral history.

TUC Women Chainmakers' Festival of Cradley Heath Saturday 1st July 2017 Cradley Heath High Street from 11am We have a stall booked.

Secretary's Report April 2017

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC www.wolvestuc.org.uk info@wolvestuc.org.uk

 

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30th March - 9 volunteers came out campaigning for RMT Save Our Guards. Wolverhampton TUC joined

 RMT involving UNISON, Unite, FBU and NUT members. – RMT speaker on 1st May

Message of thanks received from Ken Usher Midlands RMT Secretary "Many thanks to all who attended today’s event in Wolverhampton which I am sure will be appreciated by those members of the travelling public and those who work within the industry. I salute your efforts all round."

 

next WB&DTUC meeting Thursday 20th April Delegate Meeting starts at 7-15pm @Wolverhampton Civic Centre (Wulfruna Street entrance) speaker @8pm Becca Kirkpatrick (UNISON CVS branch) on Universal Basic Income - come and debate the pros and cons

 

We have 13 places at Latitude & 7 at Glastonbury music festivals – maybe a couple of places still spare deadline 20th April see www.wolvestuc.org.uk 07538 045376

 

Wolverhampton Workers' Memorial Day - FRIDAY 28th April 12.30pm

@ Workers' Memorial Day Tree, Cenotaph, St Peters Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1TS speakers:

Jackie Marshall Prison Officers Association NEC - cuts in officer numbers = increase in attacks on prison officers

Roger Lawrence Wolverhampton Council Leader - Dying to Work
Rob Marris MP Wolverhampton South West
Nick Kelleher Secretary Wolverhampton TUC
Black Country Urban Industrial Mission Chaplain + wreath laying ceremony

 

annual May Day celebrations – 125 years since first Wolverhampton May day in 1892

Monday 1st May 2017 from 6.45pm @Pegasus, Whitmore Reans WV6 0QQ

RMT, IWA,Chainmakers & Communist Mayor candidate speakers.

Bricklin Delta Blues Band, Reckless Bboy crew, Broken Dialect & Tim Martin playing

see www.1stmaywolverhampton.org.uk

Donations so far of £725 from ASLEF, UNISON Wolverhampton General, Unite West Midlands and WB&DTUC - costs of £1,315

  • funds are being sought payable to “Wolverhampton May Day Committee” c/o WB&DTUC

 

Midlands Annual Conference of Trades Union Councils

Saturday, 13th May @10.30am Unison Regional Centre, Livery Street, Birmingham B3 2PA

Guest Speakers: Louise Regan, NUT President + Steve Turner, Unite Assistant General Secretary

The delegation entitlement to the conference is 2 per trades union council , one of which should be a woman. Visitors allowed. Motions will need to be submitted by close of business on 2nd May.

 

Report from Cnllr Julie Hodgkiss: The Wolverhampton Tin workers plaque in the Civic Centre has been safely removed and stored whilst the current phase of works to the Civic Centre is completed. Once completed (anticipated to be late summer 2017) a suitable location for it will be considered and WB&DTUC and Community Craft branch will be involved.

 

 

TUC Women Chainmakers' Festival of Cradley Heath

Saturday 1st July 2017 Cradley Heath High Stret from 11am – speaker on 1st May

 

  • 11 union branches still to re-affiliate to us for 2017 – forms have been sent out to branches again.

Secretary's Report March 2017

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC www.wolvestuc.org.uk info@wolvestuc.org.uk

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NHS demo – all 27 train tickets were used between WB&DTUC & UNISON General branch, police reported 250,000 on march.

 

Midlands TUC's Mary Macarthur lecture on Friday 17 March 7pm

venue change: GMB offices, Will Thorne House, 2 Birmingham Rd, Halesowen B63 3HP

Campaigning journalist Ros Wynne-Jones will be giving the lecture this year. Places must be booked This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Apply for bar places at Latitude & Glastonbury music festivals working with us by 17th March see www.wolvestuc.org.uk 07538 045376

 

Midlands TUC Pensioners’ Network next meeting: 22nd March – Speaker on Buses Bill, Election of Executive Committee

Following recent developments a further briefing to keep trades union councils up to date with information on the TUC engagement with the WMCA.

 

TUC Meeting on the WMCA
Saturday 25th March, 11am

Osborne Room, Unison West Midlands Regional Centre, Livery Street, Birmingham B3 2PA

Abortion is a Workplace Issue (by West Midlands UCU)
Saturday 25 March
at 1:30pm Birmingham and Midland Institute

 

Wolverhampton Workers' Memorial Day

The theme is good health and safety for all workers whoever they are and will focus on inequalities in occupational health and the role unions play in narrowing the inequalities gap. The TUC will particularly want to focus on the hidden and new "gig economies", the risks faced by migrant workers and the issues of gender and class.

FRIDAY 28th April

12.30pm @ Workers' Memorial Day Tree, Cenotaph, St Peters Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1TS

 

annual May Day celebrations – 125years since first Wolverhampton May day in 1892

Monday 1st May 2017 from 6.45pm @Pegasus, Whitmore Reans WV6 0QQ

Bricklin Delta Blues Band & Tim Martin playing see www.1stmaywolverhampton.org.uk

costs of £1,300 - funds are being sought payable to “Wolverhampton May day Committee”

 

15 union branches still to re-affiliate to us for 2017 – forms have been sent out to branches again.

 

Dying to Work Campaign

SUCCESS - Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council and Wolverhampton General UNISON branch called on Wolverhampton Council to sign up and incorporate the campaign's recommendations into it's employment practice. A report went Cabinet in February 2017 and this was agreed.

Secretary's Report February 2017

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC www.wolvestuc.org.uk info@This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

2017 WB&DTUC officers nominations received

President (Chairperson) Marie Taylor – CYW-Unite

Vice-President Rob Marris UNITE WM/6150

Secretary Nick Kelleher UNISON General

Treasurer John Grant UCU

 

National Festival of LGBT History, Shrewsbury 17-19 February 2017 see www.wolvestuc.org.uk

 

25th February 2017     12-5pm Venue: Tan Bank Mosque, King Street, Wellington, Telford TF1 1NZ

Telford Unites against fascism, we say no to Britain first coming to spread their poison in Telford and trying to divide our community.

NHS demo - Saturday 4 March 2017 contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 to get subsidised train tickets from Wolverhampton @£10 for waged

return leave 10am ret 5.23pm

"The NHS will last as long as there are folk with the faith to fight for it" Nye Bevan, Founder of the NHS

The People's Assembly is be teaming up with Health Campaigns Together to organise a major national demonstration in defence of our National Health Service.

 

 

The MAC, Birmingham 12th March called 'Dare Devil Rides To Jarama' by Neil Gore.  It's about 1930's famous speedway and wall of death star, Clem 'Dare Devil' Beckett.   He fought for better wages in his sport and joined the International Brigade to help the people of Spain fight fascism in the Spanish Civil War.

 

Midlands TUC's 2017 Mary Macarthur lecture on Friday 17 March 7pmat St Michael's School, Curral Rd, Rowley Regis. B65 9AN Campaigning journalist Ros Wynne-Jones will be giving the lecture this year. Places must be booked This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Apply for bar places at music festivals working with us by 20th March 2017 see www.wolvestuc.org.uk

 

Free course date change - Understanding Size Diversity and Size Awareness, personal responsibility or a diversity Issue? A free course designed for Trade Union representatives, branch officers, activists and people who aspire to be! now Friday 30th June and 7th July 2017 9am till 3 30pm

 

Thanks to branches that have re-affiliated for 2017:

ASLEF, Community W'ton Craft, FBU, NUT, RMT, UNISON Sandwell General, UNISON Police Staff, UNITE UNITE WM 6151 NULMW, UNITE Faith workers + Musicians Union donation

15 branches still to re-affiliate 

Secretary's Supplementary Report for AGM January 2017

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC www.wolvestuc.org.uk info@wolvestuc.org.uk

 

  • 2017 WB&DTUC officers no nominations received – outgoing officers:

President (Chairperson) Marie Taylor – CYW-Unite

Vice-President Rob Marris UNITE WM/6150

Secretary Nick Kelleher UNISON General

Treasurer John Grant UCU

Minutes Secretary vacant

Auditor Adrian Turner UNISON General

  • Elections to be taken at AGM for 2017 TUC Equality conference observers:

Women's TUC Wed 8 – Fri 10 March [deadline 31-1-17]

Black Workers’ TUC Fri 7 – Sun 9 April [deadline 24-2-17]

Disability TUC no details yet

LGBT TUC Thurs 6 & Fri 7 July [deadline 26-5-17]

All of these conferences are taking place at Congress House, London.

Trades Union Councils Conference Sat 10 & 11 June Sunderland

 

Thanks to branches that have re-affiliated for 2017:

ASLEF, Community W'ton Craft, FBU, UNISON Sandwell General, UNISON Police Staff, UNITE Faith workers

19 branches still to re-affiliate

 

DIARY DATES: February TUC Love Unions week – local activity

Join us to hand out flowers and union recruitment cards in Valentines's week 

Saturday 11th February Wednesfield High St stall 10.30am

& Sunday 12th February Bilston Market stall 10.30am

 

NHS demo

"The NHS will last as long as there are folk with the faith to fight for it" Nye Bevan, Founder of the NHS

OnSaturday 4 March 2017 The People's Assembly is be teaming up with Health Campaigns Together to organise a major national demonstration in defence of our National Health Service.

apply for places at festivals working with us by 20th March 2017

WB&DTUC President's Report

The President's report tends to focus on the political situation of the previous year whilst the secretary will report on the many and varied meetings, activities and campaigns of the Trades Union Council

In previous years at our AGM we have discussed the desperate situation faced by working people. The situation now is way beyond desperate and people are just not surviving. It is not uncommon to see regularly people forced to sleep and live on our streets across the UK and in Wolverhampton in freezing temperatures and all weathers. People are forced to beg for food to survive. I was approached last week by a young man who had been sleeping in the shop doorways at the Avion centre. He’d recently been in hospital with Pneumonia and as he explained his circumstance and experience to me clutching just a blanket worn thin, it left me worried and emotional. Raw and Angry. Cuts to public services, to Local Government and to the NHS mean people are falling through the cracks. Unemployment, Benefit sanctions, Bedroom tax, and lack of social housing, mean people are not surviving.