NOVEMBER 26TH, BIRMINGHAM
TUC Midlands Equality Conference
Saturday 29th October 2016
The second annual Equalities Conference of the TUC in the Midlands
The venue for the conference is the CWU Offices, Summer Lane, Birmingham B19 3TH and will commence at 11am.
Attendance Allowance campaign
Campaign by Midlands TUC Pensioners Network - see report below.
+ Letter to copy to your MP
National Minimum Wage rates increase
Next rise is due 1st October 2016: 25+yrs £7.20 (no rise) 21-24yrs £6.95 18-20yrs £5.30 16-17yrs £4.00 apprentice rate £3.40
from 1st April 2016: hourly rate of the national minimum wage for those of 25 years and over, increased from £6.70 to £7.20. Two million under-25s are not be covered.
- adult hourly rate of the national minimum wage 21-24 years is £6.70
- development rate (which covers workers aged 18-20 years) is £5.30
- rate for 16 to 17-year-olds is £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 £3.30 per hour
May Day venue under threat
Save and Support The Pegasus Pub, our May Day venue from closure and losing Licence
Whitmore Reans is a diverse and vibrant community lacking many resources. Whitmore Reans cannot afford to lose the Pegasus Pub, an important community resource.
Trade union courses in Wolverhampton 2016
TUC courses sign up now....for September 2016 start Trade Union Studies Representatives’ Programme - Wolverhampton
Union Reps Stage 1 ten weeks Wolverhampton 9 am – 4 pm on Mondays
Health & Safety Stage 1 ten weeks 9 am – 4 pm on Tuesdays
Stop government taking control over local government pensions
5 million people rely on the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) to pay their pensions.
The Government wants powers over LGPS investment funds; but they could gamble away members’ money on infrastructure projects.
This is not allowed in any other UK scheme, including the MPs'.
The LGPS must be invested in members’ best interests. Sign the union-backed petition
Stop Arming Saudi
UK-made weapons are being used in Saudi Arabia's devastating bombing in Yemen, and the government continues to license further arms exports – despite overwhelming evidence of repeated breaches of international humanitarian law.
The UK's continued supply of arms to Saudi Arabia during its bombing campaign in Yemen is a flagrant breach of UK arms export regulation.
The UK government admits that Saudi Arabia is using UK weapons in its attacks on Yemen: warplanes, bombs and missiles – but it has repeatedly ignored and denied evidence of violations of international law.
The government consistently puts arms sale sales promotion before human lives and has stopped at nothing to keep the weapons flowing to Saudi Arabia. We have supplied Saudi Arabia with over £3.3billion of arms sales since Saudi-led attacks started on Yemen in March 2015 backed by UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Egypt.
British arms exports to Israel
latest UK Government arms sales to Israel
Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign
- join Palestine Solidarity Campaign Wolverhampton on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/167943526632859/
latest Wolverhampton unemployment briefing can be downloaded here http://www.wolverhamptoninprofile.org.uk/news/item?itemId=34
Unemployment statistics can be found here http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/taxonomy/index.html?nscl=Labour+Market
Campaign against Housing & Planning Bill
The Housing Bill passed in parliament on 12th May. It will not come into effect before April 2017: there are still lots of ways to challenge and fight it, spelt out in the Kill the Housing Bill statement below
Action For Rail
Wolves TUC, ASLEF, RMT in conjunction with Action for Rail organised action 7am-9am @ Wolverhampton railway station on Tuesday 16 August 2016 for an affordable railway under public ownership. This was the day that the government announced yet another hike in our rail fares. Services are often late, overcrowded and under-staffed. Passengers and taxpayers are being asked to pay an ever increasing price for the failures of rail privatisation. While fares keep rising, cuts to services and staffing are taking place across the network – with more ticket offices closing, removal of guards from trains, extension of driver only operated trains and fewer staff at stations to provide help when we need it. We’re paying more, but getting less.
West Midlands Combined Authority