April 2003

Minutes of Delegate Meeting WB&DTUC
Thursday 17th April 2003

Attendance Bros. B Deacon, D Ash, J Grant, N Kelleher, W Juss, G Baynham, S Evans Sis. P Welch, H Aujla

1. Welcome to New Delegates W Juss, S Evans & apologies Sis. S Sagoo. M.Taylor

2. Minutes of March delegate meeting not available – could the minute taker from that meeting please supply them.

3. no Executive Committee, Correspondence raised:
3.1 TUJCC election ballot paper – Jim Cessford nominated
3.3 Conservative Party leaflet from “ashamed Tory” – use in letter to press
3.4 GMB 223 Rover has also affiliated
3.5 Midlands TUC re LGB&T leaflet – ordered 100 not received – write again
3.9 William Cooks strike bulletin week 104 & receipt £100 donation – result due April 23rd, full report June, 42 days to appeal, rally in Sheffield in June
3.10 discussion on position of Rob Marris MP/WB&D TUC Vice President, on war vote – any further discussion would need to be initiated by affiliated branch
3.11 3.12 Ken Purchase surgery dates circulated
3.13 Bros. Ash, Cole, Kelleher reported on anti-war discussion at Dennis Turner surgery
3.14 A.Jones two anti-war poems for us to use which he wrote – one printed in May Day programme – write and thank
3.16 Birmingham TUC -report on Palestine twinning – passed to Palestine Group, Birmingham May Day Sat 3rd May 12.30 Chamberlain Square
3.18 Lighthouse cinema re anti-war films 21/22 May, offer of 10 fee tickets plus discount for TUC only £2.50 – to be circulated
3.19 CLPD model motions on Firefighters dispute available
3.20 Request from Newcastle TUC for letter of support for Unemployed Centre -write
3.22 Samar & Jawad requesting letters of support for de-categorisation. V already decatagorised Samar appealing – letter of support
3.25 Sandwell Unity campaign, anti-fascist leaflets, and seeking help for Sunday leafleting

4. Reports:
a) Secretary – written provided. Palestine rally May 17th tickets available.
b) Treasurer – account healthy
c) Workers` Memorial Day – press releases to be done. Sponsorship from Amicus-MSF 0758, GMB, UNISON, WB&D TUC, Ken Purchase, Rob Marris, Dennis Turner, Thompsons solicitors, shop stewards and delegates. Covered costs.
d) May Day – programmes and publicity circulated. Volunteers sought from 6pm.
e) Palestine group – meet 1st Thursday each month 7.30pm Whitmore Reans Advice Centre

5. Resolutions – none received

6. Speaker: Secretary led debate on anti-war activity and report on local group and 12th April demo. Quaker vigil Queens Sq. noon 26th April. Support for George Galloway.

7. Any Other Business –
a) affiliation to local Cuba Group agreed £25 , Free Miami 5 petition circulated. Further support requested for Group affiliation £5/£2 individuals – contact NUT
b) Women’s TUC report provided, put on next agenda

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