May 2006

May 2006 Secretary’s Report WB&DTUC
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TU branches affiliated for 2006, (12,540 affiliated trade unionists):
Amicus-GPM, Amicus 3120M (Craft), Amicus 0758, ASLEF, ASPECT, Community(Hall Palm), CWU(W.Mids & Worcs), CYWU, FBU, GMB X13, NASUWT, NATFHE (University), NUT, TGWU 5/748, TGWU 5/836, UNISON General, UNISON PCT

March and Rally for Palestine: End the Israeli Occupation! Free Palestine!
Saturday MAY 20th 2006.
Very limited number of day return train tickets available £11 dep. 08.35 ret. 19.31
Assemble 12noon on the Embankment for the march. Rally in Trafalgar Square.

Over 200 people enjoyed Wolverhampton’s 12th annual International Workers` Day Festival on 1st May.
Theme `Union Rights are Human Rights`, sponsored by FBU Region 7 & UNISON West Midlands.
Coverage on Heart FM.

Tolpuddle weekend 14-16 July – TUC’s leaflet is in mailing more available if you need – ring.

An anti-BNP leaflet was designed for Wednesfield North Ward, calling for voters to come out and vote against the fascists – 44% turnout, 3rd highest numbers (and % turnout) voting in any ward, significantly higher than any other ward in the constituency.
David Bourne Conservative 1225
Gwen Stafford-Good Labour 1157
Dennis Anthony Organ British National Party 1016
Arthur Newman (de-selected Tory) Independent 563 12 spoilt
WB&DTUC leafleted all the 4800 homes in ward in 3 sessions totalling less than 6 hours. Campaign needs to continue, not wait until next election.

Workers’ Memorial Day – just under 40 people attended the lunchtime event. Wreaths were laid by two TGWU branches, CYWU, CWU, UNISON, Midlands TUC, Wolverhampton TUC & Ken Purchase MP. Roger McKenzie spoke and delegates handed out leaflets to the public. Coverage on WM, Wolf & Beacon Radio.

rescheduled Rahimi Family Campaign public meeting Friday 16th June ‘A Public Meeting in Support of Asylum Seekers’
Ken Purchase MP will speak, Tim Jacques from Save the Children, will also speak about children in detention.
Chaired by WB&DTUC, early evening, venue tbc, further details from Secretary

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