March 2011


Secretary’s Report    March 2011

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC


NB – see enclosed flyers for our public meetinginstead of normal delegate meeting at Civic

 on Thursday 17th March at Dunstall Community Centre

If there is time at 7pm we will hold a formal meeting  preceding the public meeting at 7pm We’ll set up chairs from 6.45 pm


1) Introductions to delegates & visitors, new & old, & apologies

2) Minutes of February meeting – corrections & matters arising

(these are not available at time of this mailshot – they will be online by the time you receive this and will be sent electronically – contact secretary if you want a paper copy posted)

3) Executive Committee Report & correspondence

4) Reports/discussion:

a) delegates' workplace reports

 b) Secretary’s report- May Day 1-5-11; Workers Memorial Day 28-4-11+ March 26th demo

c) Palestine Solidarity campaign

d) Anti-fascist campaign

5) Any Other Business;   (only official delegates have voting rights)


March 26th anti-government demo– our coach is full, now trying to place enquiries on spare seats on the 8 coaches leaving from Wolverhampton.


Thursday 28th April Workers’ Memorial Day12.30pm at WMDay tree, St Peters Sq. 1,000 A4 colour flyers being printed now – please make requests now for copies to circulate to your members


Sunday 1st May Pegasus, Whitmore Reans, Workers’ Day celebration Attila the Stockbroker, Fargo band and Transit Trix breakers all confirmed to perform


Anti-cuts victory– we were involved in helping service user groups on several street stall petitions and lobbies for Meals-on Wheels and against day centre charges imposed by the previous ConDem council. The Labour council has this month reduced meals-on-wheels from £4.40 to £3.40 and at day centres to £2.90, slashing the ConDem’s 83% price hike that they imposed in less than a year.  Labour has also reduced day centre attendance charges in response to the public petition.


We have received a £500 donation for our work from the Prison Officers’ Association


elected at last delegate meeting:

Executive Committee – Dave Cole NUT, Brian Clarke POA

Treasurer – John Grant UCU                          Assistant Secretary(minutes) – Marion Halfpenny NUT

Publicity Officer – Bobbie Petford & Sindu Sebastian UNITE 0758M


 Last month’s march in Shrewsbury in protest at cuts to public sector services and jobs, rallied over 1,000 people the biggest in recent memory there.


Good turnout at Lobby of budget-setting council meeting


Branches that have affiliated for 2011: 

ASLEF, ATL, CWU(W’ton), CWU(Worcs&WMids), Community Hall Palm & Community 17000 (formerly 4333) NASUWT, NUT, PCS(West Mercia) , PCS(CPS West Mids), POA, UCU College, UNISON General, UNISON University, UNITE 5/836, UNITE 5/998, UNITE 3120M, UNITE 0758M, CYWU-UNITE

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