Secretary's Report for JULY 2018
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Taxi drivers protest at Wolverhampton council over Uber licensing
Thursday 28 June 2018 -UNITE Taxi drivers from Coventry caused disruption in the centre of Wolverhampton to protest over the council’s issuing of Uber licences. The drivers are alarmed that Wolverhampton council has issued thousands of licences to Uber drivers, allowing them to operate in Coventry, bypassing that council’s rules and licensing regime.

Firefighters in the West Midlands have called off planned strike action after the fire service employer agreed to halt the introduction of controversial contracts for new entrants, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has said. However, the union said the development did not mean that the industrial dispute was over but that progress in negotiations had been made.
Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU, said: “The recent dialogue between the union and West Midlands Fire Service has been fruitful but there are still many issues to deal with in order to bring this dispute to a close. The union only considers strike action in the most serious of cases. There is a huge strength of feeling among firefighters and emergency control operators that these contracts would have done huge damage to the service.”

The contracts would have meant new entrants into the service would have had to take on work outside the agreed role of a firefighter. It would have allowed the employer to unilaterally change the work of firefighters at any time, thereby breaching nationally negotiated agreements with the union.
Strike action would have been taken between 30 June and 4 July. Earlier this year a ballot saw 90% of firefighters and emergency control operators agree to strike action on an 82% turnout.

We had a stall at Chainmakers in Cradley Heath and made some sales of our merchandise.

About 45 people attended the annual Palestine Solidarity Campaign garden party and raised £485.02 - both figures up by nearly half from previous years.

TUC courses sign up now....
Union Reps Stage 1 ten Mondays; Health & Safety Stage 1 ten Tuesdays
from Sept 2018 @Shrewsbury College & GMB Offices, Hanley, Stoke on Trent

Secretary's Report for JUNE 2018        Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC www.wolvestuc.org.uk info@wolvestuc.org.uk

Stuart Grant Wolverhampton Secretary of NEU-NUT section of the new teachers' union and long-time delegate to Wolverhampton Bilston and District Trades Union Council has died.

He had battled cancer and still in his 40s leaves a wife and step-daughter. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to them and to his father, our Treasurer, John Grant and his wife Chris.

Stuart dedicated his working life to the trade union movement and to the betterment of fellow workers' lives and to the improvement of education locally for all our children. It is a very sad loss of such a capable comrade.



PSC protest outside HSBC Qu Sq 10-12 Saturday 16 June



An Evening with Dennis Skinner - Socialist, Trade Unionist & Labour Member of Parliament Saturday 23rd June @Light House cinema tickets on sale now or from Wolves TUC

annual Silk Mill march & rally Derby Saturday 23rd June FREE including Atilla the Stockbroker see www.wolvestuc.org.uk

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The Fight for Women’s Equality is at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lichfield Street, until 4 July. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10.30am–4.30pm and Sunday from 11am–4pm. Admission is free. For more details, please visit www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk.

The annual Midlands TUC Chainmakers Festival, is held in Cradley Heath High Street on Saturday 7th July is the largest celebration in Britain of women's political history. Come and have a sit down with us on our stall.



Firefighters in the West Midlands have voted by a margin of 9 to 1 for strike action in a dispute over the imposition of contracts on new entrants into the service.

The results of the ballot released 29 May show a 90% vote for strike action on an 82% turnout. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says West Midlands Fire Authority should urgently listen to its firefighters and withdraw the contracts immediately.

Andrew Scattergood, chair of the FBU in the West Midlands, said: “Our members have made it clear that these contracts are completely unacceptable and should be withdrawn. Firefighters do not vote for strike action easily. There is an overwhelming strength of feeling that these contracts are bad for the fire service, firefighters and the public they serve. We have a mandate to take strike action and we will do if these contracts are not removed.”

Secretary's Report for MAY 2018   Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC www.wolvestuc.org.uk info@wolvestuc.org.uk

www.wolvestuc.org.uk for details of local labour movement events

 

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The TUC is holding a national march and rally on Saturday 12 May in London. Wolverhampton TUC has a quantity of train tickets depart 7-45am; return from London at 4-45pm arr 6-30pm at subsidised rate £10 waged else what you can afford. 07538 05376. UNISON City of Wolverhampton members contact your branch office 554095 for free tickets

All workers deserve a great job so everyone has a chance to progress and get on in life.

 

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council meeting - all trade union supporters welcome -

Thursday 17th May 2018  venue Unite Office, 6 Victoria Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1LD next to bus station, over bridge from train station

speaker @8pm

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Fancy free entry to music festivals – by volunteering to work on bars for Wolverhampton TUC?

Friday 29th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 1st July Liam Gallagher, Queens of The Stone Age & The Community Festival, Finsbury Pk, London

13th - 15th July Lovebox/Citadel Gunnersbury Park, west London

transport to London and hostel accommodation will be arranged at no charge to volunteers

details: www.wolvestuc.org.uk deadline for submitting your name to volunteer 18th May

 

TUC Women in Leadership Course Completed applications must be received by 12 noon,Thursday 31 May. See www.wolvestuc.org.uk To celebrate our 150th anniversary, the TUC Midlands is launching a Women in Leadership course that will run during 2018. From public speaking and leadership styles to communication skills and research projects looking at equality in the workplace, this course will involve five days of classroom learning, as well as project work in between classes. 

NHS crisis conference Saturday May 19, How did the NHS get to be like this? St Lukes Birmingham, Great Colmore Street – Birmingham 13:30–16:00 organised by Socialist Health Association

free course Understanding Size Diversity and Size Awareness, personal responsibility or a diversity Issue? for Trade Union representatives, branch officers, activists and people who aspire to be! Friday 22nd June and 29th June 2018 9am till 3 30pm Trade Union Studies at Shrewsbury College London Shrewsbury SY2 6PR For details contact Mike Edwards. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

An Evening with Dennis Skinner, Socialist, Trade Unionist & Labour Member of Parliament
Saturday 23rd June@Lighthouse cinema tickets on sale now

The annual Midlands TUC Women Chainmakers' Festival, held in Cradley Heath High Street on Saturday 7th July 2018, is the largest celebration in Britain of women's political history, we have a stall.

PSC garden party is still to be decided, but keep note of the date Sunday July 8th 2018, 2-5pm

City of Wolverhampton Council has signed an agreement to mark a new partnership with Trade Unions to encourage the importance of health and safety in the workplace. In developing the agreement, the council recognises the benefits of having trained trade union safety representatives to promote good health and safety practice in the workplace, reduce injury and illness.

Adrian Turner, Unison Branch Secretary of the Unison City of Wolverhampton Branch said: Unison welcomes the new Health and Safety partnership agreement with the City of Wolverhampton Council. With the ever-changing nature of work there are no grounds for complacency because the changes often present new dangers and challenges. It is in the interest of employees and the employer to make all workplaces safe and to follow good Health and Safety practises, including regular inspections and risk assessments. Unison’s trained Health and Safety representatives look forward to working in partnership with the Council in achieving this aim.”

Workers memorial day over 60 came out in the rain. The theme of this year's Workers' Memorial Day was union workplaces are safer workplaceshighlighting the important role of trade union H&S reps in the workplace.


1st May Wolverhampton May Day festival over 300 came, excellent eveningIf you are interested in helping with the 2019 May Day festival ring 07538 045376

 

Secretary's Report for APRIL 2018
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TUC Midlands Pensioners’ Network on the tenth anniversary, campaign to keep the bus pass as a universal non-means-tested benefit and for bus services that meet people’s needs with a Hereford to Skegness bus tour 7th to 21st April. English councils have cut funding for buses by a third since 2010 and 500 bus routes were withdrawn or reduced last year. In Wolverhampton Wednesday 11th April arriving from Walsall on a 529. Then campaigning in Queen Square from 12 noon till 1pm. Then all aboard a 126 and off to lunch at The Pie Factory at Tipton.


Union Reps Stage 1 Mondays from 23rd April; Health & Safety Stage 1 Tuesdays from 24th April ten weeks 9am–4pm 10 weeks at Shrewsbury College & GMB Offices, Hanley, Stoke on Trent


Saturday 28th April 2018 12.30pm at the Workers' Memorial Day Tree, Cenotaph, St Peters Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1TS please help with publicity by sending out info on social media – plenty of flyers left.


Tuesday 1st May Pegasus Wolverhampton May Day festival doors open 6-45pm please help with publicity by sending out info to friends and helping us leaflet Whitmore Reans. Sat 14, Sun 15, Sat 21, Sun 22 meet at Pegasus 10-15am ring 07538 045376 for other times
Trade union donations being sought by Wolverhampton May Day Committee towards £1850 expected total bill, donations received from Labour Party, ASLEF, FBU, City of Wolverhampton UNISON so far.


Thurs 3rd May – don't forget to VOTE in council elections, several of our delegates are candidates for Labour and would also appreciate help with leafleting etc from now til election


A New Deal for Working People - TUC March and Rally on Saturday 12th May 2018 in central London – contact us about local subsidised train travel
– WB&DTUC & UNISON have 41 tickets all leaving 7-45am returning by 6-30pm cost £10 each return 07538045376


The deadline for submitting your name to volunteer for these festivals is now 26th April. Festivals available for us to work at if any volunteers
Liam Gallagher, Queens of The Stone Age and The Community Festival – Friday 29th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 1st July Finsbury Park, north London -hostels not camping
Lovebox/Citadel west London Gunnersbury Park - 13th - 15th July -hostels not camping
@Malahide Castle 10mile north Dublin near beach and airport
LCD Soundsystem - Tuesday 5th June 2018
Kodaline - Friday 8th June
Gorillaz - Saturday 9th June 2018
Liam Gallagher - Friday 15th June 2018 
Nile Rogers/CHIC – Freak out!!Saturday 16th June
Electric Picnic, Co. Laois, Ireland -60miles SW Dublin - Friday 31st August - Sunday 2nd September


Still only 11 Branch re-affiliations received for 2018: ASLEF, Community W'ton Craft, CWU, FBU, Musicians Union, NEU-NUT, City of Wolverhampton UNISON, UNISON Acute (New Cross), UNISON Sandwell General, UNITE Faith workers, UNITE WM6150
Awaiting re-affiliations from GMB, NASUWT, PCS, RMT, UCU, other UNISON and UNITE branches

Secretary's Report for March 2018

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TUC Love Unions week – great success in Wednesfield and Bilston – see www.wolvestuc.org.uk Unfortunately BFAWU was unable to assist with McDonalds campaign, the national focus of the week in W’ton. We have made offer of future help from us at any time.

Wed 14th March 7.30pm The General Strike Speaker: author David Taylor W'ton Civic & Historical society meeting The Old School, 73 Dudley Road, Wolverhampton WV2 3BY http://www.youcaxton.co.uk/1926-general-strike-in-the-black-country/

Thursday 15th March PCS & UNITE public meeting 6-8pm Britannia Hotel WV1 1DD with Mark Sewotka, Eleanor Smith & Howard Beckett

Friday 16th March @ Friends’ Meeting House, 8b Summerfield Rd Wolverhampton WV1 4PR Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign public meeting Free Ahed Tamimi and all child prisoners NEU-NUT speaker 7pm for 7-30 start

Saturday 17th March Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign #StopArmingIsrael protest 10am-12noon outside HSBC, Queens Sq Wolverhampton

Thursday 22nd March 2018 our delegate meeting will be a week later than usual venue Unite Office, 6 Victoria Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1LD next to bus station, over bridge from train station

until Saturday, March 24th, Votes for Women, is on at the City Archives, Molineux Hotel Building, Whitmore Hill, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SF admission to the exhibition is free.

English councils have cut funding for buses by a third since 2010 and 500 bus routes were withdrawn or reduced last year. TUC Midlands Pensioners’ Network on the tenth anniversary of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme; campaign to keep the bus pass as a universal non-means-tested benefit and for bus services that meet people’s needs with a Hereford to Skegness bus tour 7th to 21st April. In Wolverhampton Wednesday 11th April arriving from Walsall on a 529. Then campaigning in Queen Square from 12 noon till 1pm. Then all aboard a 126 and off to lunch at The Pie Factory at Tipton.

Union Reps Stage 1 Mondays from 23rd April; Health & Safety Stage 1 Tuesdays from 24th April ten weeks 9am–4pm 10 weeks at Shrewsbury College & GMB Offices, Hanley, Stoke on Trent

Saturday 28th April 2018 12.30pm at the Workers' Memorial Day Tree, Cenotaph, St Peters Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1TS speakers: Andrew Scattergood Fire Brigades Union Brigade Chair, Eleanor Smith MP Wolverhampton South West, Chris Cooper UNISON Safety Rep of the Year, Marie Taylor Wolverhampton TUC President John Welsby Industrial chaplain

Tuesday 1st May Pegasus Wolverhampton May Day festival doors open 6-45pm speakers Greg Brackenridge FBU, Joginder Bains IWA, Geoff Ferres CPB. Acts Dhol players, One Love featuring Sunev Wilson and headliners The Beat Goes Bang – The Beat & Dexys Midnight runners supergroup. Trade union donations being sought towards £1750 expected total bill.

A New Deal for Working People - TUC March and Rally

The TUC is holding a national march and rally on Saturday 12th May 2018 in central London – contact us about local subsidised train travel

Branch re-affiliations received for 2018: ASLEF, Community W'ton Craft, FBU, NEU-NUT, UNISON Sandwell General, City of Wolverhampton UNISON, UNISON Acute (New Cross), UNITE Faith workers

 

14% pay rise won for work of 2,000 volunteers this summer

Wolverhampton TUC made a formal complaint last November to the Wandsworth and Battersea TUC who own the Workers Beer Company about the rate of remuneration for volunteer-hours on their bars at music festivals such as Glastonbury that we send volunteers to.Last night's meeting of Battersea and Wandsworth TUC and the Workers Beer Company discussed our complaint and agreed a 14.3% rise from £7 to £8 for this year and to increase regularly in future.We had taken the decision last month that we would no longer work for the Workers Beer Company while the rate paid to us for volunteer work was worth less than the National Minimum Wage.
It would have been the end of our fundraising for the Morning Star and the end of our main source of income, for campaigning (£38k since 1998) so was not an easy decision to come to . Now we are pleased to be back at festivals for our twentieth year. Half of the income that have we received from our volunteers' work at festivals has gone to the Morning Star Fighting Fund and Morning Star adverts.
http://wolvestuc.org.uk/index.php/wbdtuc/22-fancy-free-entry-to-music-festivals The Workers Beer Company has helped many dozens of other trade union and labour movement groups raise over £7 million by sending volunteers to work on their bars since 1986. Long may they continue to set the standards and be an alternative to the corporate greed of festival promoters.This increase will increase the funds raised by their groups for the 2,000 volunteers that the Workers Beer Company uses each year.We would encourage other labour movement groups to look at www.workersbeer.co.uk to see how they could also raise funds this way. It has been vital to or funds as well as much fun and helped bring in many new people into our activities over the years.

Watch the server guide video here to see what it's all about


2018 festivals available for us to work at

Malahide Castle 10mile north Dublin near beach and airport- LCD Soundsystem - Tuesday 5th June 2018

Malahide Castle - Kodaline - Friday 8th June

Malahide Castle - Gorillaz - Saturday 9th June 2018

Malahide Castle - Liam Gallagher - Friday 15th June 2018

Malahide Castle - Saturday 16th June – Nile Rogers/CHIC – Freak out!!

Finsbury Park, north London - 29th/30th June &1st July -hostels not camping

Lovebox/Citadel west London Gunnersbury Park - 13th - 15th July-hostels not camping

Tolpuddle Dorset - 20-22nd July 2018 we worked before only small crew

Electric Picnic, Co. Laois, Ireland -60miles SW Dublin - Friday 31st August - Sunday 2nd September

Secretary's Report for February 2018
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February TUC Love Unions week – still tbc by BFAWU activity outside McDonalds, W’ton

#HeartUnions - come and join Wolverhampton & Bilston TUC's campaigning in Wednesfield and Bilston to hand out Valentine flowers spread the trade union message as part of a national campaigning week. 
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TUC’s Great Jobs Campaign/Heart Unions week 2018:

Saturday 10th February Wednesfield High St stall 10.30am -12-30 https://www.facebook.com/events/446337765780737/ 
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Sunday 11th February Bilston Market stall 10.30am -12.30  https://www.facebook.com/events/167813557277018 heartunions bilston web 9

 

Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign #StopArmingIsrael protest
10am-12noon outside HSBC, Queens Sq Wolverhampton Saturday 17 February + Saturday 17 March

(a) decision of AGM to decline invite from Shirin Hirsch to help organise half day conference and party in Wolverhampton on Saturday 21st April. Lee Barron responded – Midlands TUC backing this conference and also a similar day event in Birmingham.
(b) Our speaker in February Mike Edwards on West Park school class of 68 project to discuss the impact of racism over last 50 years. He is also involved with above conference. So should be a lively debate.
(c) Ex & Star debate over Powell’s speech. UKIP were billed as panellists at the Wolverhampton literature festival/Express & Star Powell meeting in all of the publicity. This event was being promoted a few weeks before by the organisations who then called for a demo.
Shirin Hirsch and Patrick Vernon pulled out of the event after the meeting held at the art gallery last week (to which Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council had sent our objections to participation). It was unclear whether Eleanor Smith had indeed pulled out as both host organisations still listed her for the meeting alongside another Labour councillor. She did not announce it on social media but did not attend.
Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council AGM endorsed the previous delegate meeting decision not to be involved with events re-linking Enoch Powell with Wolverhampton. The feeling amongst our delegates was that Wolverhampton has moved on and should not be linked to a racist speech made half a century ago. Similar views were expressed by three groups at a recent British Future/RMC stakeholders meeting, including by ourselves and Wolverhampton City Council.
Demonstration called by SUTR/SWP 27-1-18 W'ton Uni, 15 attended. The meeting seemed poorly advertised online and drawing further attention to it and protesting in an undefined way possibly against Labour Party participants appeared unwise and possibly counterproductive. No calls had come from any part of the trade union movement. Only 2 shared the express and star feed with no retweets on the day. Maybe 150 at university event. Blue plaque was put forward at that meeting, then promoted by Ex & Star poll of 10k (?) and opposed by 38Degrees petition and SUTR petition. However even Tory Paul Uppal had stated at meeting he did not want plaque, “Wolverhampton has moved on”, so unclear apart from UKIP and Ex & Star who is actually proposing one and where. Surely Birmingham where speech took place anyway, and that won't happen.
2018 WB&DTUC officers elected [voting rights dependant on branch affiliations] - President Marie Taylor; Vice-President Rob Marris; Secretary Nick Kelleher; Treasurer John Grant; Asst Sec Bob Simm; Executive Paulette Whyte

Places available for nomination to:
Midlands Inclusion Committee, Regional Women's Committee, Pensioners Network, Young Workers Network; Black Workers’ TUC Fri 20 – Sun 22 April [deadline 16-3-18]; LGBT TUC Thurs 5 & Fri 6 July [deadline 1-5-18]; Trades Union Councils Conference Sat 10 & 11 June Manchester

Branches that have re-affiliated for 2018: ASLEF, Community W'ton Craft, NEU-NUT, UNISON Sandwell General, UNISON Wolverhampton Gen, UNISON Acute (New Cross), UNITE Faith workers

Mon 5 March 7.30pm £12 / £10 Midlands Arts Centre We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager!’ is the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike.

WM economy strategy conference Sat 10 March, Birmingham 1-30 to 4-30pm UNITE office B7 4AZ see www.wolvestuc.org.uk