May 2003 (2,500 hits in 11 months) May 2003 Secretary`s Report Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC

Show solidarity with the Palestinian people!
Saturday 17 May  seats £10 waged £4 unwaged
for coach to Trafalgar Square, London
departs 9am Faulkland St coach park, Herbert St, Wolverhampton returns 5pm

Speakers include: John Pilger, Dr Mustafa Barghouti (head of Ramallah Health Development & Policy Institute), Juliet Stevenson, Marwan Bishara, Tony Benn, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Caroline Lucas MEP, Afif Safieh (Palestinian Delegate), Azzam Tamimi (Muslim Association of Britain), Karma Nabulsi, Paul Mackney (Gen Sec NATFHE), Steve Kemp (Gen Sec NUM), Abe Hayeem (Just Peace UK), Michel Abdul Massih, Corin Redgrave, Ken Cameron

Organised by: Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Sponsored by: Muslim Association of Britain, Stop the War Coalition, International Solidarity Movement, Association of Palestinian Communities, Just Peace, NMP, NUJ, CWU, RMT

The BNP are focussing on Walsall following their success in Sandwell, Dudley and elsewhere in the Country last week. There is a delayed election in Hatherton and Rushall on the 22nd May.
 if you can help leaflet. Martin Lynch Unity Campaign Against Racism & Fascism 07941 834125
It is vital we stop them before they build the kind of momentum they have in Burnley over the last year.

Wolverhampton Stop the War Coalition convened by WB&D TUC meet presently every other Monday 7.30pm, Newhampton Pub, Whitmore Reans. Activity currently being assessed. They are open to all supporters. Contact me for date of next meeting
We took a coach down to London for the 12th April Demo Against War

Workers Memorial Day (28th April)
12th year now, speeches, service and 249 balloon release in Queens Square to commemorate all those killed while working last year.
We got TV, radio and press coverage and covered the costs by TU sponsorship of cards attached to the balloons, giving details of this year’s theme, Corporate Killing.

May Day Festival, 1st May
Despite last minute change of venue and election night, went well, attracting 200 people again. Jobs Not War theme for speakers & full entertainment programme. Radio and press coverage. Still £150 short on sponsorship this year. Next year will be 10th year and a Saturday so bigger event planned. Tony Benn possible speaker.

Wed 21 & Thurs 22 May, 7.45pm Lighthouse cinema – TAKE ISSUE SEASON anti-war films: NOT IN MY NAME II & HOTEL DES INVALIDES
Discounted ticket price of £2.50 for WB&D TUC members (proof not required, just say on door) I have some free tickets for the Thursday showing and discussion, first come, first served.

2003 Affiliates: ASLEF, Amicus-MSF 0758, Amicus-MSF 13/D Craft, CWU (W.Mids & Worcs.), CYWU, FBU, GMB 223 Rover, GMB (X13 B’ham General), GPMU, NASUWT, NATFHE (Bilston), NATFHE (Wulfrun), NUT, POA, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON Healthcare – 11,300 trades unionists affiliated
if your branch isn’t listed, it’s not affiliated yet.

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