March 2015

WB&DTUC Secretary’s Report March 2015

full details of all information below on

Saturday 21 March march & rally organised by Stand up to Racism, London

7.15am coach from Falkland St, Wolverhampton for seat bookings


Trade Union Studies – Wolverhampton, Beckminster House, Birches Barn Road, Wolverhampton WV3 7RJ Mike Edwards 01743 342 531

Union Reps Stage 1 ten weeks Wolverhampton 9am – 4 pm Monday 20 April 2015

Health & Safety Stage 1 ten weeks Wolverhampton 9am – 4 pm Tuesday 21 April 2015


Wolverhampton Workers’ Memorial Day our 24th annual commemoration in association with the Black Country Urban Industrial Mission will take place on Tuesday 28th April 2015 @12.30pm at the Cenotaph, St Peter’s Square Wolverhampton WV1 1TS


Friday 1st May Wolverhampton Workers’ Day

Pegasus Whitmore Reans doors open 7pm

Facebook page

new official website

Headline act: Thatchers Love Child confirmed, Transit Trix, Azaad Dhol

Lee Barron Midlands TUC regional secretary, Sue Brealey UNISON, Rob Marris LP, IWA


The 2015 Women Chainmakers’ festival will be on SUNDAY 12th July 2015 organised by Midlands TUC  along Cradley High Street (new venue)


2015 affiliation to WB&DTUC received so far still only from:

ASLEF, Community (Wolverhampton Craft), Community (Region 4 associates), Community 17000, NUT, PCS (Central Valuation), UCATT, UNISON University, UNISON General, UNITE-CYW WM7697, UNITE WM6150, UNITE WM6151

please send in other branch affiliations asap. We’ve also received a donation from the Musician’s Union but they had no delegate so did not affiliate.


DSG Defence workers, including those affected at Donnington (Shropshire), who spoke ar our AGM, have accepted a new offer to end a long-running dispute over pay. Members of Unite at the Defence Support Group (DSG) voted by 9-1 in favour of a one per cent rise plus a bonus of £1,250.


Seeking interest in a joint campaign with trade union branches and/or community organisations:

The TUC is offering Trade Union Councils a special grant of up to £500 this year only for campaigns on either:

· Opposing outsourcing and privatisation at local and national level

· Fighting NHS fragmentation and defending local health services

· Exposing the effects of the government’s cuts on services, benefits and working people at local level

· Campaigning to defend welfare and oppose the stigmatisation of claimants


new look website Only a year ago most hits on our website were from desktops.  Now more people are viewing the site from mobiles. So we have redesigned the website to work better on mobiles and have given it hopefully a fresher look on desktops too.


The Wolverhampton May Day Committee has also launched their own website


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