next WB&DTUC meeting
online Zoom delegate meeting
Thursday 18th June 2020
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.
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
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.
Advice for Employees re Covid-19
dated 7 April
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 has written to chairs of every LGPS in England and Wales, informing them of our win, and letting them know of our expectations.
PSC is asking LGPS pension holders to get in touch with us, and join our network of activists calling for justice.
Wolverhampton Workers' Memorial 2020
Theme for 2020: This year’s international theme: Coronavirus - Stop the Pandemic at work
with contributions from:
FBU: Andrew Scattergood
GMB: Warinder Juss
PCS: Debra Mills, Cnllr Clare Simm, Bob Simm
UCU: Dr Grace Millar
UNISON: Paulette Whyte, Chris Pugh, Sharon Dixon, Adrian Turner
UNITE: John Oakley, Rob Marris, Andy Taylor
Wolverhampton TUC: Marie Taylor, Nick Kelleher
Pat McFadden MP Wolverhampton SE
Black Country Urban Industrial Mission: John Welsby
Wolverhampton May Day virtual festival Friday 1st May 2020
Covid-19 lockdown: the risk of a police state
by Rob Marris, solicitor (Vice-President Wolverhamptoon & Bilston TUC)
The risk to trades unionists is that, literally, the police will start to make up laws as they go along; or tell people something is the law when in fact it is only the desire of a government minister – not the decision of Parliament. This is exactly what has been happening during the covid-19 lockdown.
The poor will suffer the most in this epidemic
All in it together? The reality is sadly different It’s the poor who will suffer the most in this epidemic, which shows the need to reverse 40 years of neoliberalism.
by Lord John Hendy QC, Chair of the Institute of Employment Rights to which we affiliate, and Keith Ewing, Professor of Public Law, King’s College London
TUC Webinar: Health and safety in the home
Coronavirus at Work webinar, with Quinn Roache, Policy Officer in LGBT+ and Disability Rights, and Shelly Asquith, Health and Safety Officer.
Watch the recording to see discussions on: - Ergonomic working and workplace assessments - health and safety in your homeworking environment - Reasonable adjustments - working from home for Disabled Workers and those with long-term health conditions - Mental health at home
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
TUC Women Chainmakers' Festival of Cradley Heath
CANCELLED Sat 4th July date for 2020 Women Chainmakers' festival
but there will be a virtual panel discussion organised. Details to follow
Bus Pass - on tour
Celebrate the Bus!
The Midland TUC Pensioners' Network campaign activity planned for Friday 3rd April at Bilston Bus station HAS BEEN POSTPONED
Justice for the Shrewsbury 24 Pickets
Shrewsbury 24 LATEST
The Criminal Cases Review Commission finally agreed (4-3-20) to refer the convictions of the Shrewsbury pickets to the Court of Appeal. The pickets delivered their applications to the CCRC’s Birmingham headquarters nearly eight years ago, in April 2012.
Eight of the North Wales building workers who were jailed or received suspended prison sentences in 1973-74, will now get the chance to show that they suffered a miscarriage of justice.
Heart Unions week
Our very popular activity, giving out Valentine's flowers while having more than 300 union conversations in Wolverhampton, Bilston & Wednesfield 2020
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