December 2009

WB&DTUC December 2009 Secretary’s Report

 Our next delegate meeting will have seasonal refreshments:

Thursday 17th December – 7.15pm start, all trade unionists welcome 


Annual Union Xmas Party night

Tues 22 Dec 09

from 8.30pm til 3am, Revolution Vodka Bar

Tickets available £3 each, in advance only. 07932 797139 Branches who sell tickets can retain 33% of sales income. Selling well so far.


 Remember Gaza  -Candlelight Vigil, Queen Square, Wolverhampton, Tuesday 29th December 2009  4.30pm – til 5.30pm  Wolves PSC

ANTI-BNP campaign Bushbury North & Oxley wards completed with 5,500 homes and a number of factories leafleted.

Quote from this month’s Searchlight magazine: “The union sisters took charge in Wolverhampton outnumbering the brothers by 2:1  In anticipation of possible by-elections, we leafleted the wards of two senior Wolverhampton Conservative councillors, due to be tried by a Crown Court jury on a cocaine rap. These were areas where the fascists have stood before or had leafleted recently.  The Remembrance Day leaflets proved popular and we had to order more for local factories.” 

Several of us also went over to Nuneaton to help in joint UAF/HNH leafleting for the 10 Dec by-election.  This is the seat Bnp are defending after their councillor gave up!


Save Our Public Services

UNISON/Carers’ Campaigns are currently running for Meals on Wheels, Ekta Centre, Day Centre therapeutic earnings, as well as Underhill House. The council’s hitherto sham consultation continues until end of this month.

2,500 signatures were collected in a morning in Bilston and 1,200 in Wednesfield against the 83% rise proposed for the elderly and vulnerable people’s meals.  Tories & Liberals threaten massive cuts so that this year’s council tax doesn’t have to go up by a tenner. More job cuts will be announced Jan 6th which will affect some of our delegates directly.

Contact UNISON 554095 for details of future protests, or check


2010 WB&DTUC affiliation forms & Executive nomination forms have now been sent to branches.

Could delegates, whose branches are still to re-affiliate please chase up their branch secretaries.

The following trade union courses are to be taking place in Wolverhampton.

Stewards Stage 1 course will start on Tuesday 26th January 2010 and run over 10 weeks

H&S Reps course will start on  Wednesday 27th January 2010 and run over 10 weeks

This course will run in the Community Room City College, Wellington Road site, Bilston.

ENQUIRIES: WEA: West Midlands Regional Office, 4th Floor, Lancaster House, 67 Newhall Street, Birmingham B3 1NQ Tel: 0121 237 8120 (9am-4.30pm).  Other TU courses are available at the Shrewsbury and Walsall sites. 

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