February 2019

Secretary’s Report February 2019

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


#heartunions very successful weekend involving 15 different delegates and supporters in Wednesfield & Bilston: Unite, Unison, CWU, PCS, MU, GMB, FBU, UCU and new person from Students union. Over 300 people engaged with and given trade union recruitment info, details of our TUC and a Valentines flower, see www.wolvestuc.org.uk or our Facebook page wolvestuc for pics


Tinplate workers plaque re-dedicated in a ceremony at Civic 15 February


Wolves PSC: Sat 23rd Feb Qu Sq 10am-noon next campaign day calling on HSBC to divest from Israel



Sunday 24th February, HOPE not hate workshop in Birmingham with the goal of helping anti-racists push back against online hate more effectively. The training session is free, and open to anyone regardless of their level of experience or previous involvement. sign up using this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pushing-back-against-online-hate-tickets-54584130604


TUC Midlands’ Women at Work Week Monday 4 March – Sunday 10 March see www.wolvestucorg.uk


Challenging the Alt Right Narrative – Winning in the Workplace – TUC Midlands Free Residential Event 14th & 15th March at Doubletree by Hilton, Paradise Way, Coventry CV2 2ST. The programme includes sessions on who are the far right?, the alt-right and their relationship with the mainstream, the narratives of division, winning in the face of provocation and transformative conversations Places are limited – register to mkesterton@tuc.org.uk


Using Video Effectively for your Union, your members and your campaigns GMB Midland & East Coast Region, 542 Woodborough Road, Nottingham, NG3 5FJ Wednesday 20 March 10.30 – 15.30 latest research tells us that 75% of everything viewed online in 2018 was a video. By 2020 100% of Facebook will be video based. An email with the word ‘video’ in its subject box is 80% more likely to be opened. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/using-video-effectively-for-your-union-your-members-and-your-campaigns-tickets-56324120962


apply for volunteer places at music festivals working with us by 19th March 2019 see www.wolvestuc.org.uk (still awaiting list of festivals for 2019 offered)


Thursday 21st March new UNITE Regional Secretary Annmarie Kilcline will speak @8pm unite office

Places available for nomination to: Midlands Inclusion Committee, Regional Women’s Committee, Pensioners Network, Young Workers Network

2019 TUC Equality conference observers: taking place at Congress House, London

Black Workers’ TUC Fri 12 – Sun 14 April [deadline 8-3-19]

Disability TUC Tues 21-22 May @Bournemouth IC [deadline 8-4-19]

LGBT TUC Thurs 4 & Fri 5 July [deadline 30-4-19]

Thanks to branches that have re-affiliated so far for 2019: ASLEF, Community W’ton Craft, Musicians Union, UNISON Wolverhampton City, UNITE WM6150, UNITE W’ton Homes

Urgent request for branches to re-affiliate asap, thanks

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