TUC Midlands' Women at Work Week
2018 TUC IN THE MIDLANDS PROUDLY ANNOUNCES ITS 4TH ANNUAL WOMEN AT WORK WEEK
The TUC in the Midlands is delighted to announce its 4th annual Women at Work Week, designed to highlight women workers in the week of International Women’s Day. A number of initiatives have been organised which affiliates, trades councils and the wider labour movement can attend and participate in. The events are;
- 5th March – Social Media Masterclass – focusing on women and the use of social media this event looks at the way social media is leading in influencing and informing opinion. Being held at the GMB Offices, Woodborough Road, Nottingham, this event is free but spaces are limited. To book go tohttps://tinyurl.com/y77xyyat
- 8th March – Calling Time on Women’s Wasted Potential – celebrating the book written by former TUC employee Mary Alys who passed away within days of finishing her book this event looks at women and how they found their own way within the labour movement. Speakers at this event include Kate Hudson Regional Chair (designate) of Midlands TUC, Louise Regan NEU National President, Annmarie Kilcline Regional Secretary of Unite the Union in the East Midlands & Cheryl Pidgeon Labour PPC for Rushcliffe and others. The event is being held at the Waterfall, Railway Terrace, Derby DE1 2RU and a copy of Mary’s book will be given to those attending. This is a free event but spaces will be limited, to book please go to https://tinyurl.com/ycwn6te3
- 9th March – the fourth Mary Macarthur Lecture – Jess Phillips MP – 7-10pm Quarry Bank Labour Club, 153 High Street, Quarry Bank DY5 2AF we are delighted that leading feminist Jess Phillips MP will be giving the 2018 Mary Macarthur Lecture. Having worked in Women’s Aid since 2010 supporting victims of sexual and domestic abuse in Sandwell, Jess was elected to Parliament in 2015. Described by J.K.Rowling as ‘a heroine’, Jess will deliver this year’s lecture. A buffet will be available to network after the lecture and a copy of last year’s lecture will be available to those attending.This is a free event but spaces will be limited, to book please go to https://tinyurl.com/ycuyymab
Midlands TUC's 2017 Mary Macarthur lecture on
Campaigning journalist Ros Wynne-Jones gave the lecture this year.
Ros writes the weekly 'Real Britain' column in the Daily Mirror each week, shining a light on the reality of poverty and austerity across the UK. The column is sponsored by Unite the Union and appears every Friday in the paper, Ros was the first national journalist to pick up the Midlands TUC's Dying to Work campaign.
- 13th March 2017- meeting with the Bank of England on the theme of Austerity and its disproportionate impact on women and how we need to rebalance the economy to better meet the needs of working women.
- 16th March 2017 - celebrating the book Calling Time on Women’s Wasted Potential written by the late Mary Alys who worked at Midlands TUC. The event celebrates leading women figures within our movement and this year the line-up of speakers includes Helen Black, Unison East Midlands Regional Secretary, Sue Harris, Partner at Thompsons Solicitors and Kate Hudson, CWU Regional Secretary. Lorraine Mirham will also give a background to the book and how it can be used for the future.
The TUC in the Midlands second Women at Work Week, designed to highlight women workers in the run up to International Women’s Day on 8th March.
- 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 – The 2nd Mary Macarthur Lecture with Polly Toynbee – The 2nd Mary Macarthur lecture is taking place on Friday 4th March at 7pm at t
The TUC in the Midlands first Women at Work Week designed to highlight women workers in the run up to International Women’s Day on 8th March.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady warned at the inaugural Mary Macarthur lecture in Rowley Regis, that many women in the West Midlands are at risk of being left behind as they risk becoming trapped in in-work poverty.
6th March – Inaugural Mary Macarthur Lecture. Mary Macarthur
Frances told guests that a growing number of women in the region are being employed on poverty wages.
“Here in Rowley Regis over two-fifths of female workers earn less than the living the wage. Try telling them the recovery is fair, when they are struggling to make ends meet and pay the bills.
“Women are being employed on poverty pay across the West Midlands, as many find themselves trapped in insecure work.
"We need to rediscover the spirit of the Chainmakers if the rewards of growth are to be shared more fairly. In this new era of zero-hours contracts and casualisation, collective bargaining has never been more important. Without a better deal for women and stronger unions, millions of low-paid workers will continue to be left behind.”
This is the first of what we hope will become an annual Women at Work Week and affiliates are encouraged to actively take part.
3rd March – Meeting with the Regional Governor of the Bank of England with presentation on the impacts of austerity on women workers
5th March – Equality, Still on the Horizon one day workshop specifically for Women Trade Unionists in the Midlands. These workshops have been designed, developed and will be delivered by TUEd centres across the Region in Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Leicester and Solihull
ALL TICKETS GONE - 6th March – Inaugural Mary Macarthur Lecture. Mary Macarthur, female trade unionist led the historic 10 week Chainmakers strike in 1910 which led to a minimum wage. Her achievements are celebrated every year at the Chainmakers Festival in Cradley Heath. The Midlands TUC has now established an annual lecture to be given in her name and look at the challenges and opportunities facing women in the world of work today. The inaugural lecture will be given by the TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, and will be chaired by Ex-Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons the Rt. Hon. Syliva Heal
7th March – The Midlands TUC Regional Women’s Committee will be out in Coventry from 2pm leafleting the public and supporting the Coventry Women’s Voice Reclaim the Night event that evening.
Frances O'Grady Morning Star Guest Editor Sat 7 March for special edition to celebrate International Women's Day http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/britain