June 2023 secretary’s report

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JUNE 2023 Secretary’s Report Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC

next WB&DTUC meetingThursday 15th June @7-15pm via zoom

speaker @ 8pm Rob Poole from STRIKE MAP

Join Zoom https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83579903831?pwd=TmxaRUZaM2xrQVBrZ1RIaGlHMVFwUT09

or phone 0330 088 5830 Meeting ID: 835 7990 3831 Passcode: 306081

all local trade unionists welcome

Silk Mill Festival, Derby Market Place Sat 17th June from 10.30am Commemorating the historic strike in Derby Silk Mill, the Silk Mill Festival features live bands, stand up comedy and rousing oratory. The event will include food, drink and community stalls. It’s for all the family!

TUC Women Chainmakers’ Festival Sat 1st July 11am to 5-30pm@ Mary McArthur Gardens, Cradley High Street B64 5BA, we will have a stall there.

FINAL CALL for 2023 affiliations to Wolverhampton TUC as several branches are still awaited. Form at https://wolvestuc.org.uk/affiliating-to-wolverhampton-tuc-2023/

TUC Webinar: Redundancy law and what you need to know

Wed, 21 Jun – 2-3pm Free registration at https://www.tuc.org.uk/events/webinar-redundancy-law-and-what-you-need-know

Show solidarity with Tony Greenstein and the other Elbit campaigners on Monday June 26 outside Wolverhampton Crown court (10am), where they will be sentenced. https://www.facebook.com/events/793089192258137

The Court of Appeal has withdrawn ‘lawful excuse’ from damage to property.

Palestine Action activists have been prevented from explaining their motives in a trial for conspiracy to cause criminal damage to an Israeli arms factory, which makes armed drones carrying out war-crimes against Palestinian civilians. Climate activists have also been prevented from discussing their motives in court. This undermining of the jury system is a huge attack on all of our rights.

6pm June 24, Zoom event. discussing the issues, speakers include:

** Huda Ammori from Palestine Action, which protests against factories supplying arms to Israel
** Kush Naker of Just Stop Oil
** Tim Crosland, Director of PlanB, which links mobilisation and litigation to hold power to account for the climate catastrophe
** Tony Greenstein, who is facing a custodial sentence and has been prevented from speaking out about his motives in court
** Deepa Driver on the fight for justice for Julian Assange

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_K4VLOrwARMueMGRUMnPjkg

Strikes: ASLEF held strikes 31 May and 3 June and RMT on 1 June, these were supported by several of our delegates

From EC – to be put to delegates: offer help to rmt/rmt cleaners/aslef in designing and printing a leaflet explaining what the continued strike action is about etc and offer to help them leaflet it to commuters on a non-strike day

At our last meeting, delegates agreed to put on a showing of “Oh Jeremy Corbyn – the big lie “ ia feature-length documentary produced by http://www.platformfilms.co.uk/

we are making arrangements currently for a Wolverhampton showing in mid-July.

In 2017, with the support of an extraordinary grass-roots movement, British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn came close to becoming prime minister. The establishment trembled. Britain stood on the threshold of huge political change. But within three years all, it seemed, was lost. What happened and why? Produced by award-winning radical film-maker Platform Films, with contributions from Jackie Walker, Ken Loach, Andrew Murray, Graham Bash and Moshe Machover, and narrated by Alexei Sayle.

Register here

Many thanks from Wolverhampton May Day Committee to this year’s sponsoring unions UNITE WM6150, ASLEF, CWU, UNISON City of Wolverhampton, who made combined donations of £1,375; there are funds in May Day account to cover this year’s £452 shortfall.

Logos of sponsoring unions feature in all publicity, which this year went to 4,000 homes in Whitmore Reans, to over 1,000 local trade unionists, reached 8,500 on social media, plus thousands more through eight websites which featured it.

Wolves TUC EC member Di Weaver had an article published in the latest ASLEF journal plus provided the front cover photo/pin up of the Wolverhampton ASLEF leaders Si and Nigel.

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