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Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC Secretary’s Report October 2011
November 30th strike – ‘pay more’, ‘work longer’ and ‘get less’ or join the largest British strike since the 1926 General Strike.
Saturday 19th November: a national ‘Action Saturday’ with campaign activity taking place across the country – we have local leaflets for the public explaining the issues provided by UNISON – other unions can use own leaflets too.
We will organise a Wolverhampton demo/rally; there will be a West Midlands regional march and rally in Birmingham on November 30th.
The EDL – an organisation of racist and fascist thugs – is threatening to march in Birmingham. They have tried to march through Birmingham on a number of occasions in the last few years and have been opposed every time.
Saturday 29th October – Unite Against Fascism counter demonstration will meet:
12noon @ Waterstones by the Bullring on the High Street.
Fight the Cuts – Banner Theatre – a cabaret of resistance featuring music, video, comedy and song
Friday 11th NovemberArena Theatre Wolverhampton
– further details and subsidised tickets for trade union members ring UNISON 01902 554095
The latest Programme of Work for Trades Union Councils encouraged us to work together with local Peoples’ Charter organisations (we are affiliated to Peoples Charter).
With this in mind an organising meeting has been arranged with an open invitation from Bob Crow to trades union councils.
Saturday December 10th 1pm – 3pm at The Waterfall Bar, Midland Railway Institute Building, Railway Terrace, Derby, DE1 2RU (directly opposite Derby Railway Station).
Birmingham’s March for The Alternative, organised by Midlands TUC @ Lib Dem conference demo attracted over 3,000 whilst the two Wolverhampton coaches joined 35,000 a fortnight later at the Tory conference demo, in Manchester.
TUC’s Chainmakersevent at Cradley went ahead as planned with a full programme for the day; but with only 800 attending, maybe due to very late publicity to unions. We had a stall and sold our merchandise.
The Bnp turned up the same day in Cradley so an impromptu delegation from the Chainmakers’ event went to meet them in the High Street. We surrounded them and told them to get off the streets which they obligingly did after about 15 minutes.