Action For Rail
On 31 March trade union activists and campaigners, coordinated by Action for Rail, will be taking action at stations across the country, calling for a publicly owned rail network that puts people before profit.
Tuesday 31st March
Wolverhampton Railway station, at footbridge towards Wolverhampton
Volunteers needed to help leaflet 1,500 morning commuters. Join ASLEF, RMT and Wolverhampton & Bilston TUC volunteers - even 15 minutes would help.
Justice for the Shrewsbury 24 Pickets
United we Stand is a new Townsend Productions play about the injustice served on 24 building workers in 1973.
The Birmingham and West Midlands GMB is sponsoring the 'United We Stand' play on the Shrewsbury Pickets on Monday 30 March.
West Bromwich Town Hall @7.30pm
next WB&DTUC meeting
National Voter Registration Drive
with changes to electoral registration there are currently 539 people fewer who will be able to vote in the general election in Wolverhampton.
register online now
Altogether, there are 7.5 million eligible voters who aren’t signed up to vote.
This is a national scandal and cannot be allowed to stand.
Wolverhampton Workers' Memorial Day
our 24th annual commemoration in association with the Black Country Urban Industrial Mission will take place on
Tuesday 28th April 2015
@12.30pm at the Cenotaph, St Peter's Square Wolverhampton WV1 1TS
Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living.
Wolverhampton Workers' Day Friday 1st May 2015
next event is Friday 1st May 2015 Pegasus, Whitmore Reans WV6 0QQ doors open 7pm
Azaad Dhol, Transit Trix breakers & Thatchers Love Child confirmed
Lee Barron Midlands TUC regional secretary to speak
bouncy castle, mehndi, food, ales - all free except the bar!
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/1stmaywolverhampton
new official website http://www.1stmaywolverhampton.org.uk
'In the Shadow of Elisabeth' project, exploring the union fight to save Bilston Steelworks
speaker open to all interested 8pm Thurs 16 April 2015 Civic Centre meeting room 1
The 41st annual Levellers' Day will take place on Saturday, May 16th, 2015
Real wages fell by over £1,000 in the West Midlands
Average pay in the West Midlands fell by over £1,000 in real terms in 2014, says TUC, according to new analysis published by the TUC to mark the beginning of Fair Pay Fortnight which runs from the 16 February to March 1.
National Minimum Wage rates increase
from 1stOctober 2015:
- adult hourly rate of the national minimum wage increases from current rate of £6.50 to £6.70
- development rate (which covers workers aged 18-20 years) goes from £5.13 to £5.30
- rate for 16 to 17-year-olds will rise by 2% from £3.79 to £3.87/hour
- for apprentices under the age of 19 and those aged 19 and over in the first 12 months of their apprenticeship, the apprentice minimum wage rate will rise up from £2.73 to £3.30 per hour
- Next rise is due October 2015
zero hours, zero security
Zero-hours contracts sum up what has gone wrong in the modern workplace, says TUC
Commenting on figures published by the Office For National Statistics, which show that the number of zero-hours contracts being used by employers has increased to 1.8 million.
8 hours per week unpaid overtime
Workers in the West Midlands did over £2bn worth of unpaid overtime last year, according to new analysis published by the TUC to mark its annual Work Your Proper Hours Day.
The TUC’s analysis of official figures shows that 380,000 workers in the region did unpaid overtime in 2014 worth, on average, £5,846 each.
Those working beyond their contracted hours did, on average, 8.2 hours of unpaid overtime a week.
Cradley Women Chainmakers' Festival
The 2015 Women Chainmakers' festival will be on SUNDAY 12th July 2015 organised by Midlands TUC along Cradley High Street (new venue)
WOMEN AT WORK WEEK
The TUC in the Midlands first Women at Work Week designed to highlight women workers in the run up to International Women’s Day on 8th March.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady warned at the inaugural Mary Macarthur lecture in Rowley Regis, that many women in the West Midlands are at risk of being left behind as they risk becoming trapped in in-work poverty.
CAMPAIGN AGAINST UNION BUSTING
by Mark Serwotka, General Secretary PCS