November 2015

NOVEMBER 2015 Secretary’s Report

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UNISON’S 5,500 strong petition to Save elderly care at Nelson Mandela House, Merry Hill House and Woden and Bradley Resource Centres was presented to the council


Wednesday 18th November @ 7pm venue: Midlands PCS, 16 Waterloo St, Birmingham, B2 5UG

speakers: Dave Smith; Author Blacklisted, Frank Keogh; West Midlands Unite

Thurs 19 Nov Phil Goalby FBU and Cnllr Greg Brackenridge

will address us on the memory of Norman Brackenridge who died the day after our last meeting

speaker at our next meeting Clive Walder, a long­standing leading rep in the CWU had an appeal against unfair dismissal rejected by British Telecom on 9 November, confirming his sacking after 38 years of service. Clive is chair of the CWU Birmingham, Black Country & Worcester branch and is a leading lay rep of the union.

Clive worked in a BT call centre and was dismissed after an aggressive customer reported him to management just 33 seconds into a phone call. The decision was made without taking stress into account despite the local CWU branch reporting that 7% of staff at the call centre leave their jobs each month, some walking out mid shift. Management took the decision without consulting any medical advice or taking into account any mitigation.

Contact Clive to send messages of support and invite him to your union branch, shop stewards committee, trades council etc – 07771931185

Midlands TUC Health & Safety Forum Launch

11am, Thursday 3rd December 2015

Unite Office, Pride Point Drive, Pride Park Derby DE24 8BX


The launch is open to all Health & Safety Representatives and Officers with an interest.

150 limited edition, numbered, anniversary (40mm) badges to this design of our banner have been produced, NOW available with numbered presentation card @ £5

The way we register to vote in elections to Parliaments and Councils has changed.
When registering we now have to give our National Insurance Number and date of birth as well as our name and the address where we live.
Many millions of people haven’t done this. 
 So they are set to be taken off the register on 1 December and lose their right to vote. Based on those registered on 1st December there will be boundary changes to voting constituencies; so if you are not registered you may lose your MP too!
It’s easy to register on-line at


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