next WB&DTUC meeting
due to TUC advice on Coronavirus
venue Unite Office, 6 Victoria Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1LD next to bus station, over bridge from train station
Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council Delegate Meeting starts 7-15pm
presentation of the Institute of Employment Rights' new publication
by Dr Grace Millar UCU:
Social Media and the Law
Bus Pass - on tour
Celebrate the Bus!
The Midland TUC Pensioners' Network campaign activity planned for Friday 3rd April at Bilston Bus station HAS BEEN POSTPONED
Justice for the Shrewsbury 24 Pickets
Shrewsbury 24 LATEST
The Criminal Cases Review Commission finally agreed (4-3-20) to refer the convictions of the Shrewsbury pickets to the Court of Appeal. The pickets delivered their applications to the CCRC’s Birmingham headquarters nearly eight years ago, in April 2012.
Eight of the North Wales building workers who were jailed or received suspended prison sentences in 1973-74, will now get the chance to show that they suffered a miscarriage of justice.
160,000 West Midlands workers can't get Statutory Sick Pay
TUC calls on government to tackle coronavirus by guaranteeing sick pay for all workers, regardless of how much they earn
· Nearly 2 million workers aren’t eligible for Statutory Sick Pay, including a third of zero-hours contract workers
More than 160,000 (1 in 14) workers in the West Midlands currently don’t earn enough to qualify for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), according to new TUC analysis.
The TUC is calling on the government to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak by providing emergency support for workers who are currently missing out on Statutory Sick Pay.
Wolverhampton Workers' Memorial 2020
The next Wolverhampton Workers' memorial Day will be Tuesday 28th April 2020
speakers on: Safe Mental Health at Work
12.30pm at the Workers' Memorial Day Tree, Cenotaph, St Peters Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1TS
everyone welcome, wreaths and trade union banners too
Wolverhampton May Day festival Friday 1st May 2020
Friday 1st May 2020
doors open 6-45pm
Wolverhampton's annual Workers' Day festival
venue: Gill's Bar & Banqueting (Pegasus), Jackson Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton WV6 0QQ
also featuring :
Reckless breakers tbc
One Love International Sound System
plus 1st May speakers:
Indian Workers Association (GB)
Heart Unions week
Our very popular activity, giving out Valentine's flowers while having more than 300 union conversations in Wolverhampton, Bilston & Wednesfield 2020
Teachers work almost 12 hours each week unpaid hours on average
TUC Women in Leadership Course
Women in Leadership - 2020 Programme
The 2020 TUC Midlands Women in Leadership course is now open to applications
Wodenstock 2020 is being planned for Sunday 19th July from 2pm
President's Address 2020
delivered by Marie Taylor, President WB&DTUC AGM Jan 2020
affiliating to Wolverhampton TUC 2020
We've had some good attendances at meetings and participation in our events this year. However many who are involved are not delegates from their branches. Several branches failed to affiliate his year and several have been active with us for some years without their branches affiliating.
Please ask your branch to affiliate and to elect delegates this year or just promote our meetings to other trades unionists, better still bring someone along.
Our meetings are on the third Thursday of the month at the very accessible UNITE office in Wolverhampton and we have interesting guest speakers most months.
Trade union courses locally 2020
Union Reps Stage 1 10 x Mondays 9 am – 4 pm
Health & Safety Stage 1 ten Tuesdays
2020 annual conference of trades union councils in the Midlands
The TUC 2020 annual conference of trades union councils in the Midlands Region will be held on
Saturday 16th May, the venue will be the TUC Offices, 47 Summer Lane, Birmingham B19 3TH.
National Minimum Wage rates increase
- adult hourly rate of the national minimum wage 25 years+ is £8.21 and will rise to £8.72 on 1 April 2020
- adult hourly rate of the national minimum wage 21-24 years is £7.70 and will rise to £8.20 on 1 April 2020
- development rate (which covers workers aged 18-20 years) is £6.15 and will rise to £6.45 on 1 April 2020
- rate for 16 to 17-year-olds is £4.35 and will rise to £4.55 on 1 April 2020
- for apprentices under the age of 19 and those aged 19 and over in the first 12 months of their apprenticeship, the apprentice minimum wage rate is £3.90 per hour and will rise to £4.15 on 1 April 2020
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