June 2013

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council Minutes 20-JUNE-2013



Present: Sis Taylor (CYW-UNITE)  Jassal (UNISON Gen), Ashcroft (UCU)

Bros. Kelleher & Deacon (UNISON Gen), Beuno (UNISON), Rahimi & Marris (UNITE), Retnasangham (UNITE Legal&Finance), J.Grant (UCU), Macmillan & Childs (CWU)

Apologies: Bros Turner,& Everall (UNISON Gen) Juss (GMB) Sis. Ceresa, Brealey, Sharkey & Whyte (UNISON Gen), Elson (PCS), Kelsey (CWU), Halfpenny (NUT)


Minutes of last delegate meeting (May) agreed with matters arising:

Bro Kelleher & rahimi fees for Peoples Assembly to be paid if they available to go.

No response from Roger Lawrence re Procurement meeting – write again.


speaker: Jefny Ashcroft UCU activist and playwright, put a proposal for a potential joint project recognising Conscientious Objectors within the WW1 commemorations next year.

It would not involve cost from us as it would if successful be grant-funded from heritage Lottery Fund. Sis Ashcroft would write play and co-ordinate performances. Agreed. Future updates to be given
























 Correspondence of note:

 We have a boxful of Bedroom Tax & benefit change info leaflets from UNITE Sis Rainey PCS has offered help. Stall at Pride? Involve W’ton Federation of Tenants. Repeal Bedroom Tax & build homes. Involve Labour Party? Vox Pop?

Cnllr responses to our Bed Tax postcard campaign

Indian Workers Assoc. invite to drama Sun 23 June 3-7pm,@ Pegasus WV6 0QQ

Walsall TUC Fri 19 July Banner Theatre performance + tickets@£3

Liz Millman – invite to Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council to be part of Wolverhampton International Links Association www.wilaonline.com to recognise your international links – agreed. She has also offered us some George Barnsby books

Request Wolverhampton BME Citywide Council for rep from Wolverhampton May Day Committee to join – seek further info possible del Bro.Rahimi

Cnllr Waite re Childrens Centres campaign – forwarded to campaigners

Pride Wolverhampton Sun 28 July – on or website

Sun 29 Sept Save NHS demo@Tory conference Manchester

Midlands PSC & Kashmir joint event  – unusual linking of groups?

Asbestos postcards – distributed at meeting and put in next mailing

Mary Macarthur Trust – holidays for women in need – distributed in mailing; to put on website

Paul Uppal refusal to help re Palestinian Youth refused visa to speak at our delegate meeting. Other 2 MPs no response.


Lead cnllr re Childrens Centres campaign,

Nomination Bro Deacon visitor to TUC LGBT conference £6 fee paid

Cuba Solidarity raffle tickets £16, International Brigade Memorial Trust re-affiliation@£30

To send

Campaign for Trade Union Freedom re-affiliation request @£35 agreed

BPTUAA £30 – Burston School Strike trip by Sun 1 Sept seats £10 inc roast dinner agreed purchase of 3 tickets
















PCS industrial action – no delegate present so no report

Secretary’s report – £300 from WB&DTUC to be sent to Wolverhampton May Day Committee – latest donations received: £250 from UNISON General, £50 UCATT, £50 CWU, £100 UNITE region (£50 expected from FBU); which leaves £175 still to be raised.

TUC Chainmakers’ festival had a much bigger turnout and was a very successful day. Our stall raised us £25

Pride – contact organisers to offer our support for future if they wish to challenge fenced-in cordon of event.

CYW-UNITE / UNISON Youth Services meetings ongoing – support needed to protect national bargaining an attack on single status. Workforce demoralised, future privatisation plans expected. Summer event planned.

NUT – north west regional strike on 27 June – send message of support; November strike across England.

UNISON: Children’s Centre campaign, pay campaign

Bro Deacon reported attendance at TUC Austerity Bus campaign in Dudley Sis Dugmore gave interview on private social care problems.

Palestine Solidarity Campaign garden party 17 August



speaker:  Marie Taylor -Trades Union Councils’ conference  report

Full copy of report on our website http://www.wolvestuc.org.uk/index.php/wbdtuc/609-tucconf2013


The Chinese TU delegation from Hubei Province due to attend our meeting and speak, were unable to obtain visas. The third group of international visitors due to speak to us in a year that this has happened to.

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