November 2010

WB&DTUC November 2010 Secretary’s Report

• Public services lobby of Parliament – UNISON provided a coach for local lobbyists; none of the Wolverhampton MPs saw us.
• Despite letters to all local MPs, none of our MPs replied to our request nor voted for the simple Lawful Industrial Action (Minor Amendments) Bill – this was the best opportunity for many years to have achieved any breakthrough in the Campaign to Repeal the anti-union laws. The Bill fell due to the lack of Labour MPs who bothered to attend Parliament.

• Kick Racism Out of Football leaflet of Wolves FC, 3600 leaflets in 45minutes and coverage in the Searchlight magazine.

• several hundred packed out a large hall then marched in the rain to the Women Chainmakers’ centenary of victory rally to the Mary Macarthur Memorial gardens to a plaque unveiling in Cradley Heath

• Anti-cuts campaign 1800 signatures collected in two 2-hour street stalls for UNISON & service users’ petition to the council in protest of charges being introduced to attend day centres.

• Two lively protests were organised by UNISON and attracted NUT and UNTE members as well as service users and members of the public. and lobby of the 3rd November Cabinet and full Council meetings We were threatened with arrest by the council's new Chief Executive.

Future anti-cuts lobbies: Next Cabinet meeting: Wed 8th December 5pm level 3 Civic Centre– protest meet from an hour before
Next full Council meeting: Wed 15th December 5.30pm; Council Chamber protest meet from an hour before

next meeting of Wolverhampton Public Services Union Alliance is Wednesday 17th November 10am in the ATL Office, Graiseley Centre, Pool Street WV2 4NE

next WB&DTUC meeting Thurs 18th November 7-15pm Civic Centre
speaker, Tony Barnsley (UNISON) author of new Chainmakers book

this year’s Union Xmas party night fundraiser:
Wednesday 22nd December

@ Revolution Vodka Bar, Princess St , W’ton
8.30pm to 3am DJs from Black Harmony Showcase – DJ Mensah & DJ Mario
PLUS SINGER Sunev Wilson
Entry price frozen for 4th year!!
£3 advance only ring 07932 797139 for tickets/POSTERS/guest list

2011 affiation forms have been sent to branches – please help us by chasing up your own branch asap (thanks already to Community 1700 & NUT)

Available at meeting, in time for Xmas!! Our latest range of stylish anti-fascist t-shirts, hats, anti-Thatcher CD, May Day polo shirts and 2 new mugs – a Union=Safety mug and a trades council design Or visit if you can’t wait!

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