next WB&DTUC meeting
online Zoom delegate meeting
Thursday 15th October 2020
speaker at 8-15pm
USDAW petition against abuse of shop workers
Shopworkers’ trade union leader Paddy Lillis launches a petition to protect retail staff from violence and abuse
In response to continued growing assaults, threats and abuse against shopworkers and the doubling of such incidents during the coronavirus emergency, Usdaw General Secretary Paddy Lillis has launched a House of Commons petition calling on the Government to legislate to protect shopworkers.
The petition can be signed at: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/328621
Usdaw’s surveys of shopworkers found that on average UK shopworkers were verbally abused, threatened or assaulted every fortnight in 2019, but that average doubled to every week during the Coronavirus emergency.
Your legal right to a safe place of work
Your employer is obliged under the law to provide you with a safe place of work.
West Midlands TUC Green recovery plan
TUC plan would mean more than 46,000 new green jobs for the West Midlands over next 2 years
TUC report sets out opportunities for a net zero carbon economy in the West Midlands A new TUC report sets out the potential for regional strategy with direct input from workers to create new high-quality jobs on the path to net zero carbon emissions.
national Trades Union Councils meeting 2020
report of 28/7/20 national Trades Union Councils meeting
Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Now these regulations have been defeated, pension funds must live up to their moral duty, and commit to divest from any company or financial institution complicit in Israel's oppression of the Palestinian people.
PSC is asking LGPS pension holders to help
Is your workplace COVID-Secure? Help test a new TUC risk assessment website
Can you help us test and develop a new TUC website to keep workers safe as our workplaces start up again after lockdown?
Union campaigning won a new government duty on employers to conduct Covid-Secure risk assessments if they have more than 5 staff. The guidance says they should also publish these on their websites if they have 50 staff.
But as there’s no central directory reporting on them, very few employers so far are publishing them, and we fear many are ignoring their duties altogether.
Trade union courses locally 2020
Union Reps Stage 1 10 x Mondays 9 am – 4 pm
Health & Safety Stage 1 ten Tuesdays
Construction Safety Campaign
A crane collapse at a construction site in Bow, East London (July 2020) has led to the death of a women 85-year-old woman, June Harvey, with a construction worker remaining critically ill in hospital. The victim was described as a "very caring woman" who was "loyal to her family" by her great nephew, Sam Atkinson, 28, who lived with her, alongside his mother. Our thoughts are with the families and all those affected by this tragic accident.
Construction Safety campaign demands an urgent, full, and complete investigation into the circumstances that led to this accident without there being any delay. The CSC calls for the lessons to be learned and followed up by changes in health and safety law to ensure that similar accidents don’t take place in the future.
National Minimum Wage rates increase
- adult hourly rate of the national minimum wage 25 years+ is £8.72 from 1 April 2020
- adult hourly rate of the national minimum wage 21-24 years is £8.20 from 1 April 2020
- development rate (which covers workers aged 18-20 years) is £6.45 from 1 April 2020
- rate for 16 to 17-year-olds is £4.55 frrom 1 April 2020
- for apprentices under the age of 19 and those aged 19 and over in the first 12 months of their apprenticeship, the apprentice minimum wage rate is £4.15 from 1 April 2020
Wolves TUC featured in Art in Lockdown exhibition
Art in Lockdown invite inspires hundreds of creations
TUC - no return until safe
TUC - No one should have to return to work without “tough new measures” on safety
- TUC demands that all employers produce risk assessments before lockdown is eased
- New measures needed to give workers confidence as polling shows 2 in 5 workers are concerned about returning to work
- “Too many workers have already been forced to put their health on the line,” says union boss
Advice for Employees re Covid-19
dated 7 April
affiliating to Wolverhampton TUC 2020
We've had some good attendances at meetings and participation in our events this year. However many who are involved are not delegates from their branches. Several branches failed to affiliate his year and several have been active with us for some years without their branches affiliating.
Please ask your branch to affiliate and to elect delegates this year or just promote our meetings to other trades unionists, better still bring someone along.
Our meetings are on the third Thursday of the month at the very accessible UNITE office in Wolverhampton and we have interesting guest speakers most months.
TUC plan to work our way out of recession
- TUC report A Better Recovery sets out plan to invest to grow – and rejects failed prescriptions of austerity, tax cuts and deregulation
- Call to emulate the post-war recovery which achieved stronger growth and lower national debt – TUC analysis
- Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds to speak at today’s report launch (10am) The TUC has today (Wednesday) set out how the UK can recover from the coronavirus economic crisis, stop the despair of mass unemployment and set working families on a path to prosperity.
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