June 2010


Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC                                                JUNE 2010

Secretary's Report                                                                    info@wolvestuc.org.uk


City of Wolverhampton College threats of 160 job losses from 370 UCU and UNISON members there. UCU has balloted already and will be addressing this month’s delegate meeting June 17th


Manchester Trades Council – “What we've needed for a very long time is for the case for organising to be clearly written down for every worker, with a clear explanation of the basic relationships – How each of us relates as an individual Worker, and all of us together as the Working Class, to Business people, to the Business Class, at Work and within the Political system.” The book You Are Working Class by Jeff Thompson does this and much more.

"It is a great book to explain the essentials and I hope is widely read" – Tony Benn.

Printed book £7.33www.lulu.com/content/7788575or Freedownload www.youareworkingclass.org


VISITOR FROM CUBA, Maria Aleida Del Reigo, Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) “Fireflies in the Night” short film about Cuban doctors in Haiti


7pm Saturday 19th  June, the Olde White Rose, Bilston

Free admission, all welcome,  further information contact Dave Cole on 01902 335504


Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign public meeting

Friday 25th June   7-9pm doors open 6.30pm for refreshments

St Andrew's church hall, by Avion Centre, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton

with Ken Purchase as the main speaker

Justice for the Shrewsbury 24 Pickets

2nd annual march and rally Saturday July 3rd 2010

in Shrewsbury  to demand an inquiry.

 with:  Bob Crow (RMT Gen.Sec.) & Ricky Tomlinson

Assemble at Abbey Forgate car park SY2 6ND  10-30am

Our banner will again be present


Stand Together Against the Racist EDL in Dudley on Saturday 17th July.

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 the EDL that they are not welcome in Dudley.


Protest against this year’s bnp Red, white & blue festival moved to Denby, Derbyshire off A38 (nearer than Codnor) Saturday August 14th – contact secretary

18th September Chainmakers’ Festival, Black Country Museum, Tony Benn, Frances O’Grady & Billy Hayes

The £191 million, 5,000-page Saville Inquiry report on Bloody Sunday will be published on www.bloody-sunday-inquiry.org  on the afternoon of 15-6-10. The report into the events of Sunday, April 19, 1972, in which 14 men were shot dead by the Army in controversial circumstances, will bring to an end the 12-year inquiry process.

Annual Delegation to Belfast to: attend political talks / discussion workshops, visit community groups & West Belfast Community Festival Thurs 5th Sun 8th August

Further info: Troops Out Movement  0797 017 4167


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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