Advice for Employees re Covid-19
Lifting of Covid restrictions and the impact on workers
Monday 2nd August 2pm
As the Covid-19 restrictions were lifted on 19 July in England and the wider reopening of the economy has taken place it is vital that union reps are equipped with the latest information to keep workplaces safe as possible.Join us to hear from Shelly Asquith, TUC Health and Safety Officer and other experienced health and safety reps about what is contained within the latest government guidance around health and safety and a wider return to the workplace.
next WB&DTUC meeting
online Zoom delegate Meeting
Thursday 16th September 2021
starts 7-15pm visitors welcome as observers
The former UN special rapporteur Philip Alston has produced a damning report on the effect of bus privatisation in the UK on poverty. It is being published on 20th July.
The national meeting to launch the report will be on Wed July 21st at 7pm.
To register for the meeting on Eventbrite click on this link: Britain's Bus Crisis: Privatisation, Poverty & Human Rights Tickets, Wed 21 Jul 2021 at 19:00 | Eventbrite
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
UNISON Sandwell Leisure Trust dispute
A new strike date has been called by UNISON in the fight against Sandwell Leisure Trust's totally unjust fire and rehire of staff to remove them from national NJC pay, terms and conditions.
Protest Rally outside the construction site of the new Aquatic Centre, Tuesday 22nd June, Londonderry Road, Smethwick.
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
Latest 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)
October-December 2020 Britain exported £3,562,765 direct arms sales to Israel and £342,539 for re-export
July-September 2020 Britain exported £9,798,264 direct arms sales to Israel and £353,887 for re-export
Apr-June 2020 Britain exported £5,623,205 direct arms sales to Israel and £495,188 for re-export
Jan-Mar 2020 Britain exported £8,795,749 direct arms sales to Israel and £1,959,211 for re-export
seeking a Researcher
applications now closed - further announcements to follow
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.
Trades Union Councils' Online Conference Report – June 2021
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.
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.
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.
NATIONAL STRIKE BY GMB MEMBERS AT BRITISH GAS
OVER ‘FIRE & REHIRE’ CUTS IN PAY
Already 43 days strike action over 9 months
Loyal workers have been provoked into this strike by CEO of profitable company and now they will make their voices heard, says GMB Union
TUC Women Chainmakers' Festival of Cradley Heath
The 2021 TUC Women Chainmakers' Festival was Sat 3rd July
TUC-Morning Star post-pandemic conference
Morning Star the left's daily paper, is co-operatively owned by it's readers and essential reading for all trade unionists