Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council
Report JUNE 2019 (for use at your branch meeting when giving a TUC report)
next meeting Thursday 20 JUNE 7-15pm at UNITE office, bus station – all TUists welcome
PCS members in the Universal Credit Service Centres in Wolverhampton and Walsall took two day strike 28/29 May 2019, in their campaign for more staff and improved working conditions.
petition in support of local UCU branch Sec Sandwell College sacked UCU branch secretary Dave Muritu for gross misconduct after he wrote on a poster promoting the controversial Prevent programme. Muritu apologised for his actions but, although the college acknowledged that his actions didn’t bring the institution into disrepute, he was summarily dismissed. UCU believes such a heavy-handed and disproportionate response from the college had to be down to Muritu’s trade union activities.https://speakout.web.ucu.org.uk/reinstate-david-muritu/
Victory for UNISON’s 280 members who had been in dispute with Birmingham City Council , taking strike actoion over 17 months. They will keep their original jobs!
Our next big event is Wodenstock on Sunday 14th July https://www.facebook.com/events/2212026959127624/ Free Sunday afternoon music event & entertainment for families in and around Wednesfield on Black Country Day with Banner Theatre’s First of May Band and others at Wednesfield Amphitheatre, next to Sainsburys from 3pm-6pm. Offer of trade union stalls. Please visit the site https://www.spacehive.com/wodenstock and if you can pledge £2 or more to help fund – if we get lots of small contributors it will encourage more. Please ask your union branch to pledge some funds too thanks. £713 pledged of £2,124 so far.
Chainmakers Sat 6 July at Mary McArthur Gardens at end of Cradley High St from 11am all day we have a stall and need helpers
Sat 15 June HSBC lobby Bridgnorth 43 High St, bus from Wolves 10-30am
speaker Fri 28 June Musheir El Farra, Gaza Human Rights activist Friends Meeting House 6b Summerfield Road WV1 1PR 7pm for 7-30pm
Sunday 7 July garden party fundraiser 2-30-5pm 19 Tudor Crescent WV2 4PX
May Day – £1,615 of £1,688 costs raised so far, donations to “Wolverhampton May Day Committee”. Recent donations from UNITE (W’ton Homes) and UNITE WM Region.
Thanks to branches that have re-affiliated so far for 2019: ASLEF, Community W’ton Craft, CWU Musicians Union, NEU, RMT, PCS (Associate members), PCS (B’ham DSS), UCU (University), UNISON Wolverhampton City, UNITE WM6150, UNITE WM7085 (W’ton Homes). Urgent request for branches to re-affiliate asap,
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