September 2013

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC   Secretary’s Report September 2013                         


TUC courses will be delivered at: Bilston Campus, Wellington Road, Wolverhampton WV14 6BT  sign up now….. 01743 342531

UNION REPRESENTATIVES STAGE 1  ten Mondays from 23rd September
HEALTH & SAFETY REPRESENTATIVES STAGE 1  ten Tuesdays from 24th September


Saturday 28th September, Football without Borders 8pm film & discussion with directors @ The Hive, Belmont, Shrewsbury.

Sunday 29th September mass national demo in support of NHS at Tory party conference, Manchester. Contact us on or 07932 797139 to book a seat on our coach £5/seat or free if you can’t afford that.

 (We did not book train tickets since the train station was not near start/finish)

BOOKING ESSENTIAL – coach leaves 9.30am Faulkland St Coach Park, Wolverhampton WV1 1JN returning 4.15pm after rally

If you are a UNISON member ring 01902 554096 to book on their coach which

 leaves 8.30am from Faulkland St Coach Park


from 1stOctober 2013:

  • adult hourly rate of the minimum wage increases from £6.19 to £6.31  another below inflation rise, making the NMW worth less
  • development rate (which will cover workers aged 18-20 years) goes up 5p to £5.03
  • rate for 16 to 17-year-olds will rise 4p to £3.72/hour
  • apprentice minimum wage rate will go up 3p to just £2.68 per hour – all apprentices under the age of 19 and those aged 19 and over in the first 12 months of their apprenticeship.

The Midlands TUC briefing on the effects of Welfare Reform and Universal Credit.


Tuesday 8 October  10am to 1pm  Lunch provided

Thompsons Solicitors, The McLaren Building, 46 The Priory, Queensway, Birmingham  B4 7LF

 To reserve a place, contact Surjit Chohan at


A fundraising evening dedicated to MARY SEACOLE organised by UNISON

@ Heritage Centre, Clifford Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, WV6 0AA

Friday 11th October  7.30pm til late  speeches, buffet & dance


People’s Assembly dayschool with journalist/campaigner Owen Jones

Sat 12th October – see


 Defending our right to represent members organised by Midlands TUC

Thursday 24th October 5.30pm – 7.30pm

@ 24 Livery Street, Birmingham, B3 2PA  registering NOW

 How can unions respond to the attack on facility time? And defend the ability of reps to represent members individually and collectively? These facility time sessions are for all reps working in both the public and private sectors.

To guarantee your place please email Michelle Kesterton at


Almost £3,000 was raised by 22 volunteers for our work/Morning Star at 3 festivals this summer.


History of Wolverhampton, Bilston and District Trades Union Council 1865-1990

now online

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