April 2017


Secretary’s Report April 2017

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC www.wolvestuc.org.uk info@wolvestuc.org.uk



30th March – 9 volunteers came out campaigning for RMT Save Our Guards. Wolverhampton TUC joined

 RMT involving UNISON, Unite, FBU and NUT members. – RMT speaker on 1st May

Message of thanks received from Ken Usher Midlands RMT Secretary “Many thanks to all who attended today’s event in Wolverhampton which I am sure will be appreciated by those members of the travelling public and those who work within the industry. I salute your efforts all round.”


next WB&DTUC meeting Thursday 20th April Delegate Meeting starts at 7-15pm @Wolverhampton Civic Centre (Wulfruna Street entrance) speaker @8pm Becca Kirkpatrick (UNISON CVS branch) on Universal Basic Income – come and debate the pros and cons


We have 13 places at Latitude & 7 at Glastonbury music festivals – maybe a couple of places still spare deadline 20th April see www.wolvestuc.org.uk 07538 045376


Wolverhampton Workers’ Memorial Day – FRIDAY 28th April 12.30pm

@ Workers’ Memorial Day Tree, Cenotaph, St Peters Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1TS speakers:

Jackie Marshall Prison Officers Association NECcuts in officer numbers = increase in attacks on prison officers

Roger Lawrence Wolverhampton Council Leader – Dying to Work
Rob Marris MP Wolverhampton South West
Nick Kelleher Secretary Wolverhampton TUC
Black Country Urban Industrial Mission Chaplain + wreath laying ceremony


annual May Day celebrations – 125 years since first Wolverhampton May day in 1892

Monday 1st May 2017 from 6.45pm @Pegasus, Whitmore Reans WV6 0QQ

RMT, IWA,Chainmakers & Communist Mayor candidate speakers.

Bricklin Delta Blues Band, Reckless Bboy crew, Broken Dialect & Tim Martin playing

see www.1stmaywolverhampton.org.uk

Donations so far of £725 from ASLEF, UNISON Wolverhampton General, Unite West Midlands and WB&DTUC – costs of £1,315

  • funds are being sought payable to “Wolverhampton May Day Committee” c/o WB&DTUC


Midlands Annual Conference of Trades Union Councils

Saturday, 13th May @10.30am Unison Regional Centre, Livery Street, Birmingham B3 2PA

Guest Speakers: Louise Regan, NUT President + Steve Turner, Unite Assistant General Secretary

The delegation entitlement to the conference is 2 per trades union council , one of which should be a woman. Visitors allowed. Motions will need to be submitted by close of business on 2nd May.


Report from Cnllr Julie Hodgkiss: The Wolverhampton Tin workers plaque in the Civic Centre has been safely removed and stored whilst the current phase of works to the Civic Centre is completed. Once completed (anticipated to be late summer 2017) a suitable location for it will be considered and WB&DTUC and Community Craft branch will be involved.



TUC Women Chainmakers’ Festival of Cradley Heath

Saturday 1st July 2017 Cradley Heath High Stret from 11am – speaker on 1st May


  • 11 union branches still to re-affiliate to us for 2017 – forms have been sent out to branches again.

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