April 2015


Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council Minutes 16 April 2015


1. Welcome and Introductions to delegates and visitors plus apologies:

Present – Sis Taylor(UNITE-CYW). Bros Rahimi (UNITE), Kelleher, Deacon, Everall, Turner & Pugh (UNISON Gen), J Grant (UCU), S.Grant(NUT) Childs (CWU), McNee (UNISON Uni)       All were welcomed and introduced.

Apologies: Sis Battell (NASUWT), Halfpenny (NUT), Dixon (UNISON) Bros Marris (UNITE), Brackenridge (FBU), Juss (GMB),Thomas (Community) 

  1. Minutes of Meeting:19 March 2015 agreed no matters arising.


3. Executive Report and Correspondence: Executive Committee inquorate. Correspondence:

  1. CWU, GMBx13, Sandwell(UNISON) and FBU (helped by Bro Brackenridge) affiliations to WB&DTUC received with cheques; also from FBU received. Requests sent to still unaffiliated branches and invoice for affiliation fees from branches to unite region

  2. TUCJCC ballot Bro.Kelleher noimated, 3 candidates

  3. Wolverhampton City of Sanctury 15 June meet & mingle during refugee week – June delegate meeting speaker?

  4. Bilston Yarn Stars re offer to reproduce our WB&DTUC centenary banner as part of Steelworks campaign, responded

  5. Hope not Hate re anti-ukip campaigning Dudley this weekend and in Whitmore Reans (along with 1st May leaflet), + 1,000 Wednesfield S (Bro G.Brackenridge)

  6. Pat McFadden reply re civil service union campaign from minister

  7. Musicians union donation to us £25

  8. Workers Beer Company places Glastonbury (4 places offerred of 11 requested)

  9. Black Country Peoples Assembly Question Time 30 April Newhampton Arts centre 7pm

  10. 28th April WMDay 1000 posters produced;Workers’ Memorial Day is now fully organised. Birmingham TUC H&S conf on 28 April; adverts in Morning Star.

  11. 1st May – 10,000 flyers and 100 posters; adverts in Morning Star. 1st May & WMDay mailings to wider union and voluntary sector. Whitmore Reans leafleting dates circulated. Starts 7pm. 2nd May Sandwell TUC may day & Nottingham

  12. 2015 Women Chainmakers’ Festival will be on 12th July 2015 organised by Midlands TUC along Cradley High Street (new venue)

  13. Sis Taylor to contact Art Gallery/ Paul Quigley & Greig Campbell re John Harris exhibition


  14. PO box renewal £312; Liberation affiliation £30; WMCND re-affiliation £10; Abortion Rights re-affiliation £35; Venezeula Solidarity re-affiliation £40; £90 domain & webhosting www.wolvestuc.org.uk until March 2017

  15. Womens TUC Midlands nomination Sis Dixon(sent and accepted)


4. Reports:

a] Midlands Trades Union Council conferenece written report by Sis Dixon circulated (thanks recorded) – cuts to TU education reportd from around the region. Young people to be encouraged to come to trades unon council meetingd – Sis. Taylor to make invites to Youth council.

b] UNISON – cut continue but quiet during election period.

c] NUT – 10% cut expected if Tories win and redundancies by September. £8.3billion has been diverted to freeand academy schools. 2 in 5 new teachers leave within 5 years. Strike action expected too. Agreed to focus our September meeting on education.

d] Secretary’s report – Bro Kelleher tabled his report; 3 more affiliations since last month, still more expected. Also noted that the Bnp had not put up candidate in Wolverhampton for the first time since 2006. Their vote had declined each year since then and we maintained our policy of campaigning against them each time.

e] Palestine Solidarity Campaign online campaign to get election candidate’s views


5. Speaker Greig campbell postponed until next month.

Film about Shrewsbury 24 pickets campaign was shown using our new projector.


6. Any Other Business – none.


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