March 2005

Secretary’s Report MARCH 2005  Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC

TU branches affiliated for 2005:
Amicus-GPM, Amicus 13/D Craft, Amicus 0758, ASLEF, Community (Hall Palm), CWU (W.Mids & Worcs.), CYWU, FBU, NASUWT, NATFHE(Wulfrun), NUT, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General 9,745 affiliated trade unionists
Please could you chase up your branch if it is not listed – thanks.

demonstration in central London 1pm against the occupation of Iraq
Wolverhampton Coach Details: 8am Faulkland Street Coach Park (next to Carvers) £15 waged £7.50 unwaged

National Pensions Strike
Wednesday 23rd March – PCS could be joined by Amicus, TGWU, & UNISON in a mass strike over pensions.
WB&D TUC EC needs to look at possibility of a city centre joint union rally on the day. – Public Meeting and showing of film
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
7pm Wednesday 30th March Entrance Free
Light House Media Centre, Chubb Buildings, just off the Wolverhampton Ring Road, near the train station. Meeting ends 9.30pm

Workers Memorial Day Thursday 28th April – usual lunchtime event.

11th Wolverhampton annual May Day Festival,
Sunday 1st May 2004 – 3-7pm Dunstall Community Centre
Main speaker: Rodney Bickerstaffe has confirmed. Volunteers needed for Committee/ on day

The BNP failed to win the by-election they contested in East Valley, Stoke-on-Trent month. The full result was:
Lib Dem 525 votes (25.2%) Labour 496 (23.8%) BNP 464 (22.3%) Ind. 445 (21.4%) Con 150 (7.2%)
WB&DTUC Anti-Racist sub-Committee is due to meet with Black Country Unite Against Fascism to discuss local tactics. Stoke mayoral election is BNP’s main priority but also will put lot of effort into Black Country constituencies where they have got votes. They are also standing against Rob in Wolverhampton South West in the General election.

LGBT Wolverhampton Census – 2001 national census recorded just 234 same sex couples in w’ton. This exercise is trying to find real figure. Please inform union memberships. Forms available via:
STOP PRESS: NEED NAMES FOR LEEDS FESTIVAL (26-28 Aug) BAR VOLUNTEERS as deadline has been brought forward to April  Nick 01902 686613

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