Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council
Report MAY 2019 (for use at your branch meeting when giving a TUC report)
next meeting Thursday 16 May 7-15pm at UNITE office, bus station – all TUists welcome
Wolverhampton Workers’ Memorial Day, seventy people attended, speakers from UNISON on Mental Health, UNITE and GMB on dangerous substances.
May Day – this year was our 25th anniversary, 300 people came – a good mixture of trades unionists and local people from Whitmore Reans. It was a very successful night.
We had over a dozen union and local campaign stalls, free mehndi and bouncy castle, face-painting and we served over 250 free meals. Our main acts were Attila the Stockbroker & Reckless bboy crew.
Lynne Moran, the local Labour Party councillor who addressed the crowd, increased her percentage of the vote the following day at election. We had a number of new signups and understand that the union stalls present recruited several new members.
UNITE, UNISON, PCS, UCU members helped hand-deliver leaflets to 5,000 local homes. 2,000 more flyers went out in the labour movement. It was also included on or websites and social media which had a Facebook reach of 4,700.
If your branch would like a free stall next year you would be very welcome.
£1,260 of £1,700 costs raised so far, donations to “Wolverhampton May Day Committee”.
Our next big event is Wodenstock on Sunday 14th July https://www.spacehive.com/wodenstock Free Sunday afternoon music event & entertainment for families in and around Wednesfield on Black Country Day with Banner Theatre’s First of May Band and others tbc at Wednesfield Amphitheatre, next to Sainsburys from 3pm. Please visit the site https://www.spacehive.com/wodenstock and if you can pledge £2 or more to help fund – if we get lots of small contributors it will encourage more. Please ask your union branch to pledge some funds too thanks. £613 pledged of £2,124 so far.
Chainmakers Sat 6 July at Mary McArthur Gardens at end of Cradley High St from 11am all day we have a stall
Sat 15 June HSBC lobby Bridgnorth 43 High St, bus from Wolves 10-30am
speaker Fri 28 June Musheir El Farra, Gaza Human Rights activist Friends Meeting House 6b Summerfield Road WV1 1PR 7pm for 7-30pm
Sunday 7 July garden party fundraiser 2-30-5pm 19 Tudor Crescent WV2 4PX
Thanks to branches that have re-affiliated so far for 2019: ASLEF, Community W’ton Craft, CWU Musicians Union, NEU, RMT, PCS (B’ham DSS), UCU (University), UNISON Wolverhampton City, UNITE WM6150, UNITE WM7085 (W’ton Homes). Urgent request for branches to re-affiliate asap, thanks