May 2004

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC MAY 2004 Secretary’s Report

STOP PRESS: TGWU DAF Electricians to speak at May delegate meeting

Anti-Fascism rally – Friday 21st May 2004 at the Council House, Birmingham. On the eve of the Conference, Birmingham Trades Union Council will be hosting a rally against racism and fascism.
Speakers: Unison President Dave Anderson, Cheryl Garvey from the Birmingham Race Action Partnership and Dr Mohammad Naseem, Chair of the Birmingham Central Mosque.
Trades union councils are encouraged to publicise this event and to send delegations.
Delegates are encouraged to bring their trades union councils’ banners to the rally.
The Annual Conference of Trades Union Councils will take place on Sat/Sun 22-23 May (do you want to attend as a visitor?), Copthorne Hotel, Birmingham

Fighting back for MANUFACTURING – Join the Rally to save the future of manufacturing Saturday 22nd May 2004 Called by: GMB

Assemble: Broad Street, Birmingham 11 am Rally: Centenary Square, Birmingham ends 1 pm
SPEAKERS: Tony Woodley T&G General Secretary
Derek Simpson Amicus General Secretary
Debbie Coutter GMB Deputy General Secretary
Richard Burden MP Birmingham Northfield
The Rally to be Chaired by Gerard Coyne Regional Secretary TGWU

Thurs 10th June local & Euro elections

Festival dates for 2004 – bar worker volunteers needed for 27/29th August Leeds
TUC `Pay Up for Pensions’ demonstration in London on Saturday 19th June

Sat. 17th July Ken Livingstone’s London anti-racist annual Respect Festival

1000 protested against Le Pen in Brum. He barely got out of Manchester, before ending up in a tent in a field near Welshpool.

• Workers` Memorial Day, 28th April about 2 dozen attended.

• MAY DAY Saturday 1st May – good turnout over afternoon- twin themes of anti-fascism & dispelling myths of asylum.

TU branches affiliated for 2004:
Amicus Bilston, Amicus 13/D Craft, Amicus 0758, ASLEF, CWU (W.Mids&Worcs.), CYWU, FBU, GMB (B’ham General), GPMU, ISTC (Hall Palm), NASUWT, NULMW, NUT, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON Primary Care Trust (12,888 affiliated trade unionists)

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