June 2009

WB&DTUC JUNE 2009 Secretary’s Report


ANTI-BNP campaign – we were successful again this time, in election campaigns, that’s 13-0 to us in Wolverhampton. We cannot rest on our laurels though as can be seen from the outcomes in the North West & Yorks/Humber. Pay and allowances will mean even more than we initially thought maybe £800,000 per year plus another £1million per year if they join with other European fascists in a grouping.

See enclosed report  – WHAT NEXT? Discussion at meeting


Aida Quilque leader of ‘la minga’ a popular movement in Colombia consisting of indigenous workers, peasants and trade unions, whose husband, also a prominent activist was murdered by security forces last year.  Aida, accompanied by her 12 year old daughter, who last month herself survived a murder attempt, were due to speak in the west Midlands next month but the tour has been cancelled as arrest warrants have been served on her and other leaders of the indigenous movement.

Rob Williams UNITE convenor of the Linamar car parts plant Swansea and vice chair of the National shop stewards network has won his campaign against his sacking by Linamar management Swansea

The news of Rob William’s unconditional reinstatement back in the Linamar car parts factory Swansea as convenor is a victory for all workers and militant trade unionism.

First of all it is down to the marvellous solidarity shown by his own workers (UNITE members) who refused, under tremendous intimidation, to accept that he was sacked.  They not only stood by Rob but were also prepared to take indefinite all out strike action to get his job back.  The big show of support at a mass rally of workers in Swansea in the week he was sacked demonstrated from the beginning that Rob was not alone and many other were prepared to come to this aid.  Unstinting support had come from UNITE and its general secretary Tony Woodley.

Shrewsbury Pickets Justice Campaign 

Saturday 4th July in Shrewsbury

Assemble 10.30am St Julians Friars car park, Barker St

central Shrewsbury SY1 1QJ

March 11am and rally noon

Speakers: Ricky Tomlinson & Rob Williams Linamar Convenor

During the 1970s building workers were framed – sent to jail and fined – as a warning to other workers not to engage in struggle.  Let us expose the conspiracy that surrounds the ‘Shrewsbury’ trials and be better prepared for what is fast approaching. Followed by drinks & entertainment at UNISON Club

Carphone Warehouse – see enclosed document seeking our support, following up from their attendance at our last meeting.

Asbestos Campaigner Public Meeting Tues. 30th June- 7.30pm in the Birmingham City Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB  Speakers:  International Ban Asbestos Secretariat, Joe Morgan, Regional Secretary GMB, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

www.wolvestuc.org.uk is now 7 years old. We hit another record this week 1,200 different visitors in one day! We started with an average of 30 and now have 30,000 hits per day, 1.4million so far this year! Over 400 people have us in their ‘favourites’. We have appeared to have been hacked as I write today; hopefully we’ll be back up and fully functioning very soon.

2009 affiliated branches: ASLEF, ASPECT, ATL, Community(Hall Palm), CWU (Wolverhampton), CWU (W.Mids & Worcs), FBU, GMB X13, NASUWT, NUT, POA, PCS (Midlands CPS), UCU City College, UNISON General, UNISON PCT, UNISON University and Unite branches 0758M, 3210M, CYWU, 5/748, 5/836 and 5/998 

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