Action For Rail
Wolves TUC, ASLEF, RMT in conjunction with Action for Rail is organising a day of action
7am-9am @ Wolverhampton railway station at end of footbridge
Tuesday 16 August for an affordable railway under public ownership.
Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/1809256005952545/
On 16 August the government will announce yet another hike in our rail fares, but 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.
Unwelcome the Tory Conference to Birmingham 2016
Saturday 1st October Counter Conference
Sunday 2nd October, the day the Tory Conference starts, TUC demo/rally with Victoria Square and Colmore Row booked. Owen Jones has already agreed to speak plus other national and local speakers.
there are likely to be events running through the week of the Tory Conference with organisations running their own protests, meetings and events.
Trade union courses in Wolverhampton 2016
TUC courses sign up now....
- Diploma in Employment Law Wednesday 13th July 2016
- Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety 14th July 2016
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
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
Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign
- join Palestine Solidarity Campaign Wolverhampton on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/167943526632859/
annual conference of Trade Union Councils 2016 – delegate report
The 85th annual conference of Trade Union Councils
Midlands TUC Regional Council - delegate's report
21 May 2016, Derby - WB&DTUC delegate's report
There’s a deal being decided in secret between America and the EU that could threaten our way of life.
The deal is called TTIP - short for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and its like a wish list for big corporations.
But most people still don’t know what TTIP is - or how much is at stake.
Right to strike under threat
In response to the TU Bill campaign by the TUC and trade unions, Government minister Nick Boles has announced concessions to:
ABANDON plans to ban union subscriptions via payroll (check-off), provided the union pays payment processing costs (as many already do).
CONCEDE safeguards against politicisation of the union regulator (Certification Officer) and reduce its costs to unions.
WATER DOWN plans to restrict union political funds. Changes will no longer apply to existing members, and costs and effort will be much reduced.
AGREE TO a review of online methods for strike ballots. This would help increase turnouts.
ADD SAFEGUARDS to a new power to cap union facility time. This could happen now only after at least 3 years research and negotiation.
People's Post Campaign
In the wake of an announcement by the Post Office of 600 job losses in its cash handling operation, Supply Chain, the CWU and Unite are calling for the Post Office management to resign in protest at the government’s funding cuts to the service.
The job losses come on top of an expected loss of up to 500 frontline jobs from the franchising of thirty nine of its flagship Crown post offices and the loss of over fifty dedicated financial service experts selling products in branches through a further savings programme.
National Minimum Wage rates increase
Next rise is due 1 October 2016
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 will 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
West Midlands Combined Authority
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
Protect our Steel Industry
575 jobs could be at risk from the steel closures at the Tata Steel Park, Wednesfield.