Heart Unions week
#heartunions week will be take place 8-14 February 2021
- To showcase the vital work unions do in the workplace and society,
- To promote recruitment to the trade union movement, support organising, and to help deliver lasting change in workplaces.
Midlands TUC Workshop
- Campaign planning for union activists - Wednesday 10 February 2pm - 4pm
Midlands TUC Webinar
- Value of unions in the West Midlands- Thursday 11 February 6pm
next WB&DTUC meeting
online Zoom delegate Meeting
Thursday 18th February 2021
starts 7-15pm visitors welcome as observers
at 8pm:public meeting
Annual Report & Plan of Action 2020-21 Wolverhampton TUC
Trade unionists: Let's vaccinate Britain
Let's vaccinate Britain - time for trade union members to step up.
The way we get out of this pandemic is to get everyone vaccinated as soon as possible. That’s how we make sure workplaces are safe and get the chance to start rebuilding our country.
affiliating to Wolverhampton TUC 2021
We've had some good attendances at meetings and participation in our events this year, even if mostly online. 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 and we have interesting guest speakers most months.
NATIONAL FIVE DAY STRIKE BY GMB MEMBERS AT BRITISH GAS
OVER ‘FIRE & REHIRE’ CUTS IN PAY
Loyal workers have been provoked into this strike by CEO of profitable company and now they will make their voices heard, says GMB Union
A national 5 day strike by GMB members at British Gas started on Thursday, 7, January 2021.
UNISON Sandwell Leisure Trust dispute
Sandwell Leisure Trust is planning to dismiss all employees to then re-engage on inferior terms and conditions to those negotiated nationally by their unions.
UNISON Heartlands hospital Porters' dispute
UNISON members working as Porters at Heartlands Hospital are in dispute with the Trust over the changes to their rotas that will cut their pay, damage their health and wellbeing, and rip up their work life balance.
Well-paid managers on salaries well over three times that of the UNISON porters, are implementing a new rotational rota which included compulsory nights and lates.
We are the Porters, a short video ballad by Banner Theatre produced in solidarity with striking porters, at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham. https://youtu.be/TLySeTTGrHQ
Some staff will incur heavy financial losses of over £400 a month.
Many porters have caring responsibilities for children, grandchildren and parents. Childminders don’t provide care for nights and lates, and elderly care providers charge excessive fees for providing personal care outside of normal hours. As a consequence, many workers will be forced to resign from their roles and exist on the paltry Universal Credit.
The very existence of the Trust is to improve people’s health, but as an employer they are proposing changes that will cut the pay and change the lives of staff in such a way that there will be a big damage to their health.
Management claim that the changes to the rota are driven by data, but the data they used excluded important data from A&E and the Medical Assessment Units (MAU/Wards 22 and 23). The management analysis is so flawed as to be useless.
The Trust implemented this rota a couple of years ago at the Queen Elizabeth hospital, and in that time many experienced porters have left the Trust as a direct result. UNISON has spoken to some of those who have stayed and they now have no work life balance and see very little of their family and friends, which has caused huge stress and anxiety.
The Tory government has decided to cut the £11m adult education scheme Union Learning Fund (ULF) funding at the end of the financial year in March 2021.
In response, Midlands TUC has launched the public campaign to #SaveUnionLearning.
Your legal right to a safe place of work
Your employer is obliged under the law to provide you with a safe place of work.
current national lockdown rules in force across the UK: You may only leave your home for work if you cannot reasonably work from home.
Employers expected to "take every possible step"to make this happen.
Should police body cams be compulsory?
from our earlier discussion around Black Lives matter, we identified a possible campaign around the police's use of Body Worn Video.
Freedom for Ӧcalan campaign
Freedom for Ӧcalan campaign.
Abdullah Ӧcalan is the imprisoned leader of the Kurdish liberation movement and the campaign is in solidarity with both his and the Kurdish people’s struggle for freedom from over a century of brutal repression and genocide.
- Nov 2020 16,990 are now claiming unemployment related benefits in Wolverhampton, 7,000 more people than at the start of the pandemic.
- 3,325 are18-24 years old, and over 18% of males in this age group.
https://insight.wolverhampton.gov.uk/Home/Report/893f663a-737f-4295-b376-84241fbedbe7 then select claimant count in report section.
Trades Councils Programme of Work 2020-21
Wolverhampton's social care spending has been cut 22% per capita.
Wolverhampton & Walsall hit hardest in West Midlands
USDAW petition against abuse of shop workers
Usdaw’s recent success in getting over 100,000 signatures on our parliamentary petition has further highlighted that urgent action is needed. We are therefore pleased that the Parliamentary Home Affairs Committee has just launched an inquiry into violence and abuse towards retail workers.
The Committee wants to hear your experiences of abuse, threats and violence in the workplace. This is a rare opportunity for you to be able to voice your concerns directly to parliament. We need as many retail workers as possible to take part in the survey as this will build further pressure on the Government to take action. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey.