April 09

 WB&DTUC April 2009 Secretary’s Report

2009 affiliated branches: ASLEF, ATL, Community(Hall Palm), CWU (Wolverhampton), CWU (W.Mids & Worcs), FBU, GMB X13, NASUWT, NUT, POA, PCS (Midlands CPS), UCU City College, UNISON General, UNISON PCT, UNISON University and Unite branches 0758M, 3210M, CYWU, 5/748, 5/836 and 5/998.         Branches NOT yet affiliated who affiliated last year:  ASPECT, UNISON Health.

CWU national demo last month – 1000 protesters brought Bilston to a halt with their message to our MP.


Friday 24th April  7.30 pm 

Wolverhampton World Poverty Action  How the poor world misses out on tax revenues from big corporations

Lea Road United Reformed Church Penn Fields WV3 0LW All welcome

details: Malcolm 01902 714793 david@fulljames.net    Speaker: Andy Wilson, Christian Aid


Sat 25th April TUC demo from Kings Cross for the 175th anniversary of the Grand Demonstration in 1834 when 100,000 people marched from Copenhagen Fields to Parliament and on to Kennington Common to demand the release of the Tolpuddle Martyrs.


Tues 28th April Workers’ Memorial day 12.30pm Asbestos Support speaker WMDay Tree outside Civic/St.Peters


Friday 1st May -15th annual workers’ day festival to be held at Pegasus WV6 0QQ – ring now to book stalls or offer help (07932 797139


Wolverhampton Trade Union Day of Action against BNP            Saturday May 9th

20,000 Searchlight tabloid newspapers to be distributed – SIGN UP NOW.

Encourage your members to register to vote for the euro elections now.  Searchlight has launched an email based campaign to get more trade union members to vote in the euro elections to stop the BNP getting elected –under the d’Hondt Euro electoral system, 11% could mean they get a £250k/year euro MEP to fund their racist activities.


May 15th is UNION FRIDAY – contact Searchlight or WB&DTUC for ideas  for activity for members

– ONE Hour’s ACTIVITY AGAINST the Bnp = not much to ask from your members


Generate activity for your younger members – Festivals 2009 –flyers available for our Workers Beer Company fundraising – these can be supplied with your union branch logo, ready for distribution to your branch – contact Secretary immediately if you require copies for distribution to your branch members.  This work funds the bulk of our activity – more volunteers always needed.

TUC Stewards Stage1 course will start on  Tuesday 12th May 09 and run 10 weeks

H&S Reps course will start on Wednesday 13th May 09 and run over 10 weeks.   Courses will run in the Community Room City College, Wellington Road site, Bilston. ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE COURSES (0121 237 8120


Celebrate Thatcher’s forthcoming death with the ultimate T-shirt!

 For orders and more detail, contact info@dingdongdead.org.uk www.dingdongdead.org.uk bulk orders from £3.75ea

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