March 07

Secretary’s Report March 2007
Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC

TU branches already affiliated for 2007 (11,500 trade unionists):
Amicus 3210M, ASLEF, Community(Hall Palm), CWU(W.Mids & Worcs), NASUWT, NUT, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UCU City College, UCU University, UNISON General, UNISON PCT.
Other branches have been contacted more than once please follow up your branch if it is not on this list.

`Justice for Palestine Peace in the Middle East` PUBLIC MEETING Friday 23rd March 2007
Speakers: Husam Zomlot, Political Counselor, Palestine General Delegation to the UK
& Ken Purchase M.P. W`ton North East, a member of the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee and has travelled widely in the Middle East including Palestine
St. Andrews Church Hall Avion Centre, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton. Refreshments from 6.30pm
2007 marks the 40-year anniversary of the Six Day War, in which the Israeli army took military control of the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Since that time the government of Israel has built `settlements` in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and assisted its citizens in setting up homes and businesses using land and resources stolen from the Palestinian people. This situation has continued to the current day despite Israel being in violation of international humanitarian law and over 60 UN resolutions.

Dudley – Saturday 10 March
10:30am Methodist Church, Bayer Street, Coseley
Leafleting in the morning, lunch, followed by afternoon leafleting session.

24 March to 7 April is Anti-Fascist Fortnight

Sandwell – Sunday 1 April
10:30am till 5pm West Bromwich Caribbean Centre, Thomas St.
Lunch provided Billy Bragg to perform Call Tony on 07743 244 344

Something to watch: `The Last Slave` – Channel 4 8pm Sunday March 11th

The EU – 50 years of attacks on our rights, jobs and way of life – Campaign Against Euro Federalism Rally at United Services Club, Gough St. Birmingham Saturday 24 March 1.30 till 4pm.
Food and drink available 12 noon till 1.30pm

The government has announced that a debate on Trident replacement will take place in the House of Commons on Wednesday 14 March until 7 pm, with a vote coming immediately after the debate, even though the government promised there would be a consultation on the issue.
Mass non-violent blockade of Atomic Weapons Establishment Aldermaston, on 10th April 2007 (Easter Tuesday), organised by contact WM CND for local transport

Leeds music festival 22-26 August – need names, photo, tel no., address, of all volunteer bar workers by April 12th

Advance notice – this year’s Chainmakers’ Festival is to be held Sat. 15th Sept 2007
at the Black Country Living Museum – cheap entry for trade unionists, TONY BENN TO SPEAK

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