July 2010


Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC  Secretary's Report JULY 2010  info@wolvestuc.org.uk


A meeting was held for public service unions as a result of the decision taken at May’s meeting. It was well attended and a group formally established ready to start campaigning from September.


fascists threaten BilstonNorth – by-election Thursday 29th July to be contested by Labour, Lib-Dem, Tory, UKIP and the fascist Bnp.  Wolverhampton& Bilston Trades Union Council was already prepared and our Hope Not Hate campaign has produced a flyer offering an alternative; which we will deliver to every home in the ward in the next couple of weeks.

Anti-bnp campaign dates:

Saturday 10th July  & Sunday 11th July   10.30am meet  in Bilston. J

Let us know if you want a map and some leaflets to organise a session with friends at own convenience; and let us know if you will be available for any leafleting on these dates or in the weekday/evenings during this period 07932 797139

Thurs 15th July       TUC delegate meeting 7.15pm Civic centre,  discussion of anti-bnp campaign

Saturday 17th July  Assemble 1pm in Central Dudley– Together Against the Racist EDL. The English Defence League (EDL), a mixture of football hooligans and BNP supporters, again plan to try and march in Dudley. When they came in April, they caused the town to be boarded up for the day and tried to attack police and property, but we stopped them marching.  Like the BNP, the EDL try to claim they are not racist – yet hold anti-Muslim placards and sing racist chants. 

Therefore it is important that we again show solidarity with the people of Dudley against the EDL.

Sunday 18th July     TUC/HnH stall at Phoenix festival, Pheonix Park, Dudley Rd/Thompson Ave, Blakenhall set up 10-30am VOLUNTEERS NEEDED until 3pm

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th July Bilston leafleting meeting point to be confirmed 07932797139


Saturday August 14th Protest against this year’s bnp Red, white & blue festival moved to Denby, Derbyshire off A38 (near Codnor) – [NB now cancelled as fascists called it off – our protests worked]


Annual Belfast Delegation to: attend political talks / discussion workshops, visit community groups & West Belfast Community Festival 5th – Sun 8th August – Troops Out Movement  0797 017 4167

18th September10am-8pm Chainmakers’ Festival, Black Country Museum, Tony Benn, Frances O’Grady & Billy Hayes

City of Wolverhampton College’s threat of 160 compulsory job losses from 370 UCU and UNISON members were withdrawn after UCU won a strike ballot.

Justice for the Shrewsbury 24 Pickets – we joined the 2nd annual demo and affiliated to the campaign and sent out details to delegates in the hope that more local branches will affiliate. Details on www.wolvestuc.org.uk



No August delegate meeting (as is usual) until Thurs 16th September



WB&DTUC affiliated union branches 2010:             largest number of branches for some years

ASLEF, ASPECT, ATL, Community 1700 & Hall Palm branches, CWU: W’ton and WMids & Worcs branches,

 GMB X13, FBU, NASUWT, NUT, PCS(CPS Midlands), POA, UCU (College), UNISON: General, Healthcare & University branches,  UNITE: 3120M, 5/748, 0758M, 5 /836, 5/998 & CYWU branches

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