February 2016


Secretary’s Report February 2016 Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC


www.wolvestuc.org.uk info@wolvestuc.org.uk


8-14th February TUC Love Unions week – Bilston High St Friday 12th February from 4-30pm & Wednesfield High St, near Co-op Saturday 13th February 10-30am-noon


Thursday 18th February WB&DTUC Delegate Meeting

speaker at 8pm: Mike Edwards, on the future of TUC Education

Trade union courses in Wolverhampton 2016

TUC Trade Union Studies Representatives’ Programme – sign up now…for April 2016 start.

Wolverhampton, Beckminster House, Birches Barn Road, Wolverhampton WV3 7RJ

Union Reps Stage 1 10 weeks Wolverhampton 9 am – 4 pm on Mondays

Health & Safety Stage 1 10 weeks  9 am – 4 pm on Tuesdays


We organise teams of local trade unionists to work on bars at music festivals to raise our funds for our campaigning work. Our volunteers have raised £35,000 over the last 17 summers at festivals at around sixty festivals; £2,000 was raised last summer.

  • apply for places at Glastonbury & Latitude festivals working with us by 21st March

  • all details on www.wolvestuc.org.uk


    Thanks to branches that have re-affiliated for 2016:

ASLEF, Community W’ton Craft, CWU W’ton, FBU, GMB X13, NUT, PCS Midlands Valuation, UCATT, UCU University, UNISON Police Staff, UNITE Faith workers, UNITE WM6150, UNITE WM6151

9 branches still to re-affiliate



Stop Trident National Demo,

Jeremy Corbyn to speak

Saturday 27th February, 12 noon, London
march to Trafalgar Square rally


Dudley TUC open meeting Tuesday 1st March

The Lamp Tavern, 116 High Street Dudley DY1 1QTdoors open 7pm, speaker 7.30pm Dave Smith, Blacklisting Support Group Secretary, activist and co-author of “Blacklisted – the secret war between big business and union activists” then music from Tim Martin

This week construction companies coughed up a £5.6 million settlement for 71 of the aggrieved workers.

The payments mean big building firms may now have paid out at least £15m in compensation, sources say. Over 300 workers are still on course for their day in court.


TUC Women at Work Week:

1st March – Celebrating Women’s Potential – seminar at the Y Theatre in Leicester 10.30am to 3.30pm. Those wishing to attend should register at mkesterton@tuc.org.uk

3rd March – Meeting with the Regional Agent of the Bank of England – How Austerity Disproportionately Impacts on Women Workers – Regional Secretaries and Senior Union Officers meeting with the Bank of England in the Midlands to present TUC research into the disproportionate impact austerity has on women workers

4th March – Mary Macarthur Lecture with Polly Toynbee at the Blackheath Coronation Club, George Avenue, Rowley Regis, B65 9BD, please book to attend at mkesterton@tuc.org.uk


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