July 08

Secretary’s  Report   Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC                          JULY  2008    info@wolvestuc.org.uk    www.wolvestuc.org.uk                   

22 Affiliated branches 2008 (18,600 affiliated trade unionists)

Thurs July 17th delegate meeting 7.15pm  CHANGE OF VENUE – due to UNISON STRIKE Clarendon Hotel pub Chapel Ash speaker  8pm Di McDonald (& Carol Naughton?) Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness Programme, showing Deadly Cargo about Trident transportation through Britain. They are providing refreshments.

Class Words – over 40 pages of socialist songs & poems, now available £3 from WB&DTUC (published by Worcester TUC)
Tolpuddle 18-20 July       Chainmakers’ festival, BCLMuseum 13th Sept.

Regional anti-BNP demo Sat. 16 August Derbyshire against Red, White & Blue festival

       Wed 22 Oct. TUC / Pensioners Convention state pension lobby of Parliament

We have an invite to speak on the Friday evening politics hour on Wolverhampton’s WCR FM. where we discuss political issues relevant to the city 7-8pm, date of our choice – volunteers?
Annual Delegation  to Belfast   Thurs 7th  –  Sun 10th August ’08

This year’s visit will be ten years after the Good Friday Agreement and fifteen months after the re-opening of the Northern Ireland Assembly.  What are the changes? The Delegation is a unique opportunity to observe, first hand, the reality of life in Belfast and hear, free from media interference, the views of people directly affected.

Attend political talks / discussion workshops/ West Belfast Community Festival, visit community groups
For Further Information contact:
Troops Out Movement, PO Box 1032 Birmingham B12 8BZ Tel: 0121 773 8683 0r 0797 017 4167
troopsoutmovement@btinternet.com           www.troopsoutmovement.com

MAUREEN GREEN of Stubby Lane, Wednesfield died June 24th aged 56; Secretary of the Wolverhampton Miners’ Support Group during the 1984 Strike. A member of the Labour Party for many years she was active in all the anti-Thatcher demonstrations of the 1980s, until an assault left her disabled by a brain injury. She carried on the struggle with her many letters to local papers, the last one about the inadequate support available to the old and disabled, appearing the day before she died.

http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/Where_now+1 is an article by Searchlight on the future of anti-fascist campaigning, kicking off a national debate until September. Other replies are posted as well as in the magazine. Nov 22nd activist weekend school and possible UNITE backed dayschool in Wolves in the autumn.

A new website has been designed for us by LeftSpace. When finished it will be transferred to our web address so keep an eye out on www.wolvestuc.org.uk

Council strike action On 16 and 17 July some of the UK’s lowest paid workers will go on strike.  600,000 local government workers – care assistants, refuse collectors, cleaners, teaching assistants, social workers – the people who keep our public services going – are taking action because employers are asking them to take a pay cut.
Rally with entertainment & speakers 12.30 civic plaza Wed 16th July

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