July 2011


Secretary’s Report       JULY 2011   Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC         www.wolvestuc.org.uk  info@wolvestuc.org.uk


Bombadier – UNITE, RMT, TSSA, GMB – Saturday 23rd July – protest at plans to axe over 1400 jobs as a result of the Governments’ refusal to award the company the Thameslink carriage contract. 10am assemble, on Bass's Recreation Ground Derby (Close to Bus Station)

7pm Thursday 28th July 2011  2nd planning meeting @ Pegasus WV6 0QQ for next year’s Workers’ Day event 1st May 2012 (Tuesday)  contact info@wolvestuc.org.uk for minutes We’d be grateful if your branch saw it fit to make a donation this year (to “Wolverhampton May Day Committee”)

UCU, PCS, NUT and ATL strike over pensions, pay, cuts on 30th June successful local joint action by unions. Numerous pickets were held, an impromptu march and 200 strong rally. In a half hour rally there were speeches from Gail Cartmail, Assistant General Secretary of UNITE the union, Tony Tonks national executive and local trade unionists: Debra Elson PCS, Stuart Grant NUT, Brenda Walters & Sam Bechler ATL, John Grant UCU, Nick Kelleher WB&DTUC, Adrian Turner UNISON and Dave Jones CWU.


Troops Out Movement  ANNUAL DELEGATION TO BELFAST   Thurs 4th  –  Sun 7th August   
This year’s Delegation is not long after local and general elections North & South of the border – what is the effect? It will follow the incidents in Ballymacarett / Short Strand and the north is experiencing drastic cuts in the public sector as are we. Attend political talks / discussion workshops, visit community groups, join in the West Belfast Community Festival  book: 0121 773 8683    troopsoutmovement@btinternet.com    www.troopsoutmovement.com

Fri 2nd Septemberin the Library Theatre, Birmingham. http://www.townsendproductions.org.uk/home

new production of 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' by Townsends productions. £10
The FBU have assisted in supporting this production – along with several other unions.


Shrewsbury 24 Pickets  – At its last meeting, Shropshire & Telford Trades Union Council regretfully agreed, that in view of the current divisions with the Shrewsbury 24 campaign and this Trades Council’s failure to bring both sides together again, it must cancel the event scheduled for Saturday 10th September in Shrewsbury.  The Trades Council is still committed to seeing Justice for the Shrewsbury 24, but whilst there are divisions the TC cannot be seen to be taking sides.  If and when these divisions are healed we will be more than ready to pick up where we left off. 

Sat 17th September TUC’s 7th annual Chainmakers festival@ Bearmore Mound playing fields, Cradley Heath, B64.

tens of thousands expected at Midlands TUC’s demo @ Lib Dem conference  Sunday 18th September assemble noon Moor St Station


Law on Agency Workers will change in October  Regulations will give agency workers the entitlement to the same or no less favourable treatment as comparable employees with respect to basic employment and working conditions, if and when they complete a qualifying period of 12 weeks in a particular job.
 Employment Tribunals will have the power to impose a fine of up to £5,000 per agency worker on employers found to be involved in illegal avoidance practices (for example hiring workers for up to 12 weeks then re-hiring them).    Acas has released guidance online for employers.


Branches affiliated for 2011:  ASLEF, ASPECT, ATL, Community (Hall Palm),  Community 17000,CWU(Worcs&WMids), CWU(W’ton), CYWU-UNITE , FBU, GMBx13, NASUWT, NUT, PCS(West Mercia) , PCS(CPS West Mids), POA, UCU College, UCU(University), UNISON General, UNISON University, UNITE 5/748, UNITE 5/836, UNITE 5/998, UNITE 3120M, UNITE 0758M

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