February 2020

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Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC Report for February 2020

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We have been informed that Tinplate Workers’ union, now the Wolverhampton Craft branch of Community union, a founder of our trades union council and Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC’s oldest affiliated branch, traced to 218 years continued existence is to be closed by Community and it’s members redistributed.

Five Wolverhampton Tinplate workers were transported in 1819, before the Tolpuddle Martyrs, for the crime of forming a trade union. A year ago, Graham Dodd branch secretary of Wolverhampton Craft branch of Community union and Wolverhampton Council Leader Roger Lawrence, rededicated and unveiled the plaque in its new prominent position in the ground floor canteen of the Civic Centre.


UNIONS campaign Wednesfield

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UNIONS campaign Bilston

Wednesfield market was much quieter than usual and Bilston market closed due to the weather, but we went ahead with our campaiging.

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2020 WB&DTUC officers elected at AGM:

President (Chairperson) Marie Taylor UNITE CYW

Vice-President Rob Marris UNITE WM/6150

Secretary Nick Kelleher UNITEWM/6150

Treasurer John Grant UCU

Asst Sec. & Green Officer Bob Simm PCS

Executive Member Grace Millar UCU University

Auditor – Adrian Turner UNISON City of Wolverhampton

nominations available still for:

  • Midlands Annual Trades Council conference Saturday 16th May at TUC Offices, 47 Summer Lane, Birmingham B19 3TH. Registration from 10.30am – 2 delegates plus visitors

  • Trades Union Councils Conference 13-14 June Leicester

  • WM rep for TUCJCC (vacant) but must be our delegate to Trades Union Councils Conference

  • Midlands Inclusion Committee, Regional Women’s Committee, Pensioners Network, Young Workers Network

Thanks to branches that have so far re-affiliated for 2020:

ASLEF, Community W’ton Craft, CWU, Musicians’ Union, NEU, RMT, UCU University, UNISON City of Wolverhampton, UNISON Sandwell, UNITE WM6150

see www.wolvestuc.org.uk for info on:

  • Wednesday 11th March BVSC, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6DR  12 – 4pm This Unionlearn workshop is designed to give reps practical advice and support in delivering Career Kickstart Reviews to young workers in their workplaces.

  • The 2020 TUC Midlands Women in Leadership course is now open to applications

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