Delegate Minutes WB&D TUC of 17th October ‘02
1. Present: Sis. Taylor Bros. Tinsley, Ash, Baynham, Deacon, Juss, Davis, Evans, Brookfield, Marris, Purchase, Kelleher, Hill, Bevan, Grimes, Crossland
Apologies: Sis Sagoo Bro. Joynson, Brackenridge, Goalby, Rana, Grant, D.Turner
2. Minutes of September 2002 delegate meetings – ADD UNDER ITEM 3) “EC Recommended nominations to CATUC positions agreed”.
3. Executive Committee Report of 10-10-02
3.2.1 WC Council, Rob Marris MP, Simon Murphy MEP re WMDay Tree new site. SEC WRITEN WITH 1st POSTITION – KEEP TREE IN SAME PLACE WITH BETTER ACCESS. FALLBACK – MOVE TO PEACE GARDENS (NEXT TO ART GALLERY).
3.2.6 Amicus re NATN – RAISE AT CATUC
3.2.7 TGWU re Fair Coach List – no longer compiled – RAISE AT CATUC
3.2.13 WBC feedback meeting Bristol Wed 13th Nov – train fare agreed for Sec. & Publicity Officer to raise H&S issues
3.3.1 Report of Palestine work Bro.Deacon reported on meeting convened by WB&D TUC. £50 donated to WB&D TUC by Sis.Aujla from sale of Palestinian flags on demo. Letter received from Bro.Marris re his discussion with council leader re links with a Palestinian town, Qalqilya. Need to establish a basis of a link e.g. industrial, first. Problem – little industry or society are operating normally there. 75% of agricultural land (citrus production) has been taken by Israeli settlers.
a) affiliate to Palestine Solidarity Campaign £25
b) to continue funding activity with Bro. Deacon & Kelleher co-ordinating until group formed
c) Sat 26th Oct Boycott Israeli Goods activity will be from 10am-noon, probably Sainsbury’s – Bro.Deacon to check position of Israeli TUs
d) Day of Action against war on Iraq & for Palestine- stall in October 31st Queen’s Sq. noon-1pm. Assess activity in light of numbers
e) local newsletter to be produced in future
f) seek local TU funding for possible trip for TUist from Palestine
g) next meeting will be combined with next TUC delegate meeting not on Wed 20th Oct as printed
a) Secretary – Sec to find details of TUC Disability conference. Anti-fascist activity in Telford and Stoke discussed. Anti-war leaflet produced and distributed.
b) Beacon Industries NLBD/ISTC- thanks to intervention from the 3 local Labour MPs, ministerial funding has been secured for the next year will possible future funding too. A letter from Minister Maria Eagle to Bro.Turner MP detailed the support and was circulated. A recovery plan will be put into place for future job security.
c) FBU Pay dispute – Bro.Tinsley gave a report on the campaign and moved a motion of support for the union’s campaign which was passed. He thanked Bro.Kelleher & Brackenridge for bringing the WB&D TUC banner to the Birmingham FBU rally. Sec to send out H&S info that FBU had circulated, by email.
d) Friction Dynamics – Bro.Evans gave report on Friction Dynamics Employment Tribunal which had began a week ago. Sec to WRITE LETTER OF SUPPORT.
5. Speakers: Bro. Grimes and Crossland sacked AEEU strikers from William Cook Heavy Foundry, Sheffield, addressed council. Details to be circulated with request to branch secretaries for donations and articles for this little publicised dispute. £30 travel and £200 donation agreed. AEEU & GMB Regional offices were given notice of this meeting.
6. AOB – none