September 2018

Minutes Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council Delegate Meeting

Thursday 20th September 2018

  1. Welcome & introductions to delegates & visitors.

    Present: Sis Taylor (UNITE), Simm (PCS), Millar (UCU University), Whyte, Dixon (UNISON City), Hibbert (UNITE WM6150). Bro Childs (CWU), Kelleher, Marris, Foxall, Baker (Unite WM6150) Rahimi (UNITE WM5103), Beuno (Sandwell UNISON), Childs (CWU), Deacon, (UNISON City) + apologies Bro Smith (RMT), Grant (UCU), Juss (GMB), Pugh (UNISON), Brackenridge (FBU)

  2. Minutes of July delegate Meeting agreed with corrections “Touchstone” not “Tombstone” & no Matters Arising

  3. No EC held; correspondence of note

  1. Midlands TUC -this Saturday –Sis Dixon agreed as replacement

  2. BPTUAA Coventry – Burston Strike rally 2/9/18 agreed to sponsor 3 tickets at £12ea.

  3. Campaign for TU Freedom reaffiliation £35 agreed

  4. Offer to jointly leaflet station Thurs 27 sept re tory conf demo – Bro Lynch (Walsall) 7-30am agreed

  5. UNITE re TGI Fridays strike over company taking tips, solidarity message sent

  6. Health Campaigns Together Conference: The Crisis In Social Care Sat 17th November: Birmingham St Luke’s Church Centre, B15 2AT

  7. bought paper £2.99; stamps £22.28; “Tackling the Housing Crisis” to send £48 for 6 extra books to Tony O’Brien

  8. 1,600 UK page views on our website this month,;

  9. Birmingham Peoples Centre for Unemployed sent £50

  10. 2018 affiliations (19). ASLEF, Community Region 4 Associates, Community W’ton Craft, CWU, FBU, GMB X13, Musicians Union, NEU-NUT, RMT, UCU University, UNISON Acute (New Cross), City of Wolverhampton UNISON, UNISON Police staff, UNISON Sandwell General, UNISON W.Mids Community, UNITE WM6150, UNITE WM 5203, UNITE Faith workers. + new affiliation UNITE WM7085

  11. Townsend Productions crowd funding request for Chainmakers play “Arouse Ye Women” or £1,000 for show after April 19th 2019. Check venues Lighthouse MT had no response; Newhampton Arts Centre (£410 for fri/sat theatre) BS; Bilston Town hall; Arena Theatre

  12. Fri 19 Oct Show Racism the Red Card – via UNITE. (Wolves v Watford 3pm Sat 20 Oct). From Wolves FC – contact for leaflets. Bro Baker maybe able to access t-shirts

  1. Reports/discussions:

  1. delegate reports: PCS – pay ballot 42% turnout below threshold though high % for strike

  2. WBDTUC Secretary’s report – Demo at Tory conference – Bro Kelleher

  3. Midlands TUC Pensioners’ Network- Bro Deacon gave report

  4. Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity – Bro Deacon gave update on forthcoming events see

  1. any other business none

    6. discussion at 8pm: video by TUC Gen. Sec on TUC Brexit position, after discussion came up with the following conclusions which we will send to the TUC General Secretary:

The TUC’s expressed opinion is unclear and a fudge.

The deal being discussed by the government and EU is not about workers’ rights. It is about trade deals and tariffs.
When Britain leaves the EU it would be the government which may or may not attack workers’ rights. 
The Tories are not threatening it yet. To guarantee workers’ rights trade unionists need to, as ever, be prepared to fight for our rights. 
The best guarantee of preserving and improving our rights would be with Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister.
If there is to be a “popular” or “people’s vote”, it is a general election not another referendum which we need.

Those calling for another referendum are divided:
some ask for a vote on an as yet unagreed deal with the EU that the Tories may negotiate and few voters would read. The alternative being no deal, leave the EU under World Trade Organisation tariffs with the EU until further negotiations take place.
others think that a referendum should be their chance to overturn the first referendum – the people’s vote to leave the EU.

Currently since the first referendum nothing has happened except that a date to leave has been decided. 
Any referendum would be a boost for UKIP; already dwindling, once we leave shall have no reason to exist.

A second referendum would have implications for respect of democratic vote. If the first vote had been stay in would there be any second chance referendum again now?
Millions of working class voters are already disillusioned and alienated from the political class and the capitalist democracy which gives them a vote every five years.

Multinationals are hiding behind Brexit to make already decided cuts/closures.

After the discussion, one delegate, who is also a Labour Councillor, expressed the view that“I have been involved in a number of Brexit discussions and had not been looking forward to the trades union council meeting, but it has the most informed and sensible debate that I have been part of.”

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