February 2015

WB&DTUC Secretary’s Report February 2015

full details of all information below on www.wolvestuc.org.uk

Thurs 26 February at 19:30 Palestinian farmer to speak at Wolverhampton Fair Trade and Palestine Solidarity Campaign Zaytoun event. Doors open 7pm; St Andrew’s Church Hall St Andrew’s Close, Hunter Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, WV6 0QZ

Tuesday March 3rd @7pm Dudley TUC; Lamp Tavern, High Street, Dudley DY1 1QT Fords Dagenham speaker Sheila Cohen and Lee Barron.

The TUC in the Midlands is delighted to announce our first Women at Work Week designed to highlight women workers in the run up to International Women’s Day on 8th March.

3rd March – Meeting with the Regional Governor of the Bank of England with presentation on the impacts of austerity on women workers

5th March – Equality, Still on the Horizon one day workshop specifically for Women Trade Unionists in the Midlands. These workshops have been designed, developed and will be delivered by TUEd centres across the Region in Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Leicester and Solihull

6th March – Inaugural Mary Macarthur Lecture will be given by the TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady

7th March – The Midlands TUC Regional Women’s Committee will be out in Coventry from 2pm leafleting the public and supporting the Coventry Women’s Voice Reclaim the Night event that evening.

Saturday 21 March march and rally organised by Stand up to Racism in London 7.15am coach from Falkland St, Wolverhampton info@wolvestuc.org.uk for seat bookings

Fancy free entry to music festivals – volunteer 2015? We have to apply for places at festivals by 21st March 2015 so if you want to apply it needs to be done by then.

Trade Union Studies – Wolverhampton, Beckminster House, Birches Barn Road, Wolverhampton WV3 7RJ Mike Edwards 01743 342 531

Union Reps Stage 1 ten weeks Wolverhampton 9am – 4 pm Monday 20 April 2015

Health & Safety Stage 1 ten weeks Wolverhampton 9am – 4 pm Tuesday 21 April 2015


2015 affiliation to WB&DTUC received so far ONLY from:

ASLEF, NUT, UCATT, UNISON University, UNITE-CYW WM7697, UNITE WM6150, UNITE WM6151 and Community 17000 many thanks please send in other branch affiliations asap


Seeking interest in a joint campaign with trade union branches and/or community organisations:

for campaigns on either:

· Opposing outsourcing and privatisation at local and national level

· Fighting NHS fragmentation and defending local health services

· Exposing the effects of the government’s cuts on services, benefits and working people at local level

· Campaigning to defend welfare and oppose the stigmatisation of claimants


The TUC is offering Trade Union Councils a special grant of up to £500 this year only. Additionally we have our own funds and so may be amenable to additional co-funding with partner organisation if campaign costs rise above £500.

Fund applications must be submitted through Midlands TUC Regional Secretary for their agreement. If our bid is successful a report of our event will also have to be made.


UNITE’s DSG workers who spoke at our last meeting have suspended their week of strike action end January to ballot an improved offer of a one-off £1,250 bonus.  

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