TUC Midlands Equalities week
Monday 25 October - Friday 29 October 2021
12noon every day
The inaugural TUC Midlands Equality Week is here.
Labour Party Conference 2021 report
UNISON Sandwell Leisure Trust dispute
protest against UC cut
Fixing Leicester's garment industry – one year on
TUC launch new report marking the one year anniversary of a roundtable jointly held by the TUC, Leicester City Council in response to the crisis within Leicester's garment industry When the latest scandal surrounding Leicester’s garment industry hit the headlines again last year, TUC Midlands knew it was time for us to step up to the plate.
Midlands TUC has been working with bus unions and the TUC Pensioners Network over recent months around campaigning for better buses.
This has led to us producing our bus activist campaign pack. https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/2021-05/Bus%20Activist%20campaign%20pack_0.pdf
Right to Food
Sarah Woolley, General Secretary of BFAWU, the Bakers' Union spoke at our July 2021 meeting
BFAWU Right to Food reporthttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1h_FU55hhDyVrCiocEsoJDklb1DYvqAkM/view
Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Chapel Ash protest Mon 14 June against UK arms sales used by Israel to kill Palestinians
British arms exports to Israel
Recent UK exports to Israel include:
aerial target equipment, high power RF weapon systems, sniper rifles, and components for for targeting equipment, artillery ammunition, combat aircraft, combat helicopters. Any of which could be being used currently against Palestinians.
Government figures for arms exports to Israel and all countries (are released six months or so behind)
January-March 2021 Britain exported £5,362,765 direct arms sales to Israel and £317,487 for re-export
October-December 2020 Britain exported £3,562,765 direct arms sales to Israel and £342,539 for re-export
research into Wolverhampton/Staffordshire connection to slavery and the slave trade
Aug21 we have appointed a researcher Angelina Osbourne to the
The Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council is seeking a researcher to undertake some initial research into Wolverhampton/Staffordshire connection to slavery and the slave trade. This project stems from the Black Lives Matter movement.
Trade unionists: Let's vaccinate Britain
Let's vaccinate Britain - time for trade union members to step up.
The way we get out of this pandemic is to get everyone vaccinated as soon as possible. That’s how we make sure workplaces are safe and get the chance to start rebuilding our country.
Black History in schools
following Patrick Vernon's talk to Wolverhampton TUC, we worked with Wolverhampton Council to get a copy in each of Wolverhampton's 110 schools and libraries.
Year 7 students Nobelo Phuthi, Landis Osagiede and Anamika Tura receive Colton Hills Community School's copy of 100 Great Black Britons from Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills and Nick Kelleher, Secretary of the Wolverhampton, Bilston and District Trades Union Council.
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.
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.
current national lockdown rules in force across the UK: You may only leave your home for work if you cannot reasonably work from home.
Employers expected to "take every possible step"to make this happen.
Trades Union Councils' Online Conference Report – June 2021
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