June 2019

MINUTES Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council Delegate Meeting Thursday 20th June 2019


  1. Welcome & introductions to delegates & visitors present + apologies

Present: Kelleher, Oakley, Marris UNITE WM6150, Foxhall UNITE WM7085, Rahimi UNITE Community, Baker UNITE, Cross UNITE, Childs CWU, Simm PCS, Pugh UNISON, Beuno Unison Sandwell. Sis Dixon, Ceresa City of Wolverhampton UNISON, Taylor UNITE, Simm PCS, Sultana Labour / Unite,

Apologies: Bro Grant UCU, Cooper, Deacon, Turner City of Wolverhampton UNISON, Brackenridge FBU, Juss GMB Sis Miller UCU, Kelsey CWU, Whyte, Weaver City of Wolverhampton UNISON


  1. Minutes of May delegate meeting & matters arising

Minutes agreed, no matters arising.


  1. EC report and Correspondence

WB&DTUC Executive Committee REPORT 12th June 2019 Bro Kelleher,correspondence of note:

  • Future Speakers: A number of speakers are lined up, Ravi Subramanian and Birmingham Homecare Workers not available due to Unison Conference. John Reynolds no longer suitable as is no longer member for City Economy, ask Harman Banger instead. Ian Brookfield, new City Council Leader, to be asked for AGM. October meeting to have Unison Black Members speaker, Sis Whyte to coordinate.

  • Chainmakers: Stall is confirmed. Volunteers needed to serve strawberries. Set up starts at 11. Full line up of events is on TUC website. Leafleting in Cradley Heath at 11 am on June 29th.

  • Pat Mcfadden MP replied supportively re Bus Pass campaign.

  • Derby Silk Mill: Reminder that Derby Silk Mill turnout is Saturday the 22nd June



4. Reports

  1. Unison Sis Dixon: The Council is making changes although it is unknown what shape they will take yet. Redundancies are likely as council has to save more money. Some staff are already working reduced hours. Bro Kelleher added, Andy Chaffer is running Birmingham Mental Health Strike from 24th to 26th June. Sis Taylor noted message of solidarity.

  2. RMT Bro Kelleher: report from br sec re Oxley Sidings Closure. Work done there was underestimated! Many who were laid off have been re-employed. A day shift has been added as well as a night shift.

  3. PCS Sis Simm: Another ballot has been passed for strike action over pay but probably not a good idea as has failed twice already. Bro Kelleher added that the strike on 28th and 29th May was attended by about 7 delegates from WBDTUC. Not many strikers on picket, mainly PCS staff.

  4. FBU Bro Kelleher: Bro Brackenridge has now been voted in as Chair of West Midlands Fire Authority. Bro Marris suggested letter of congratulations.

  5. GMB Bro Kelleher: 19th July Amazon protest in Rugely from 16.30 followed by a rally at the Miners Club.


  1. Secretary’s Report Bro Kelleher: online petition out in support of Dave Muritu, sacked UCU Rep at Sandwell College. There is a Demo at Sandwell College this Saturday at 12.30. PSC will have a speaker on 28th at Friends Meeting House and Garden Party on 7th July. Mayday has all been paid for and £77 was donated from Unison. Campaign Against Arms Sales court decision that British Saudi arms deals are unlawful as weapons being used in Yemen. Protest at Tory conference this year will be in Manchester on the 29th September.

  2. Wodenstock Bro Kelleher: Wolves council have granted £1000 from community fund as well as extra donations that take us to 111% funded. Still need the SAG questionnaire and to find first aider. Sis Taylor suggested Bro Baker put the word out. Volunteer Stewards needed, Bro Foxhall should be able to get some. Bro Marris suggested Sis Sultana could find people as Labour Community officer. Band confirmed and waiting on Dhol Drummers. Will have to order Gazebo. People need to follow up on stalls from Unions. Over 5000 views on facebook.

  3. Speaker. Bro Simm reporting back on Trades Councils Conference 2019 in Bournemouth. Full report on www.wolvestuc.org.uk

  4. AOB: Congratulations given to Sis Dixon who was awarded Chief Constable’s Good Citizens Award for saving the life of a stranger who fell in the canal. Posted to our facebook page


Meeting Closed

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