next WB&DTUC meeting
Thursday 21st May 2015
'In the Shadow of Elisabeth' project, exploring the union fight to save Bilston Steelworks
speaker open to all interested 8pm Thurs 21 May 2015 Civic Centre meeting room 1
We are Many
Thurs 21 May 8pm Film @ LIGHT HOUSE
The story of the biggest demonstration in human history, which took place on 15th Feb 2003, against the impending war on Iraq.
Saturday 23 May 2015
The 41st annual Levellers' Day will take place on Saturday, May 16th, 2015
Wolverhampton Workers' Day Friday 1st May 2015
pictures of 2015 event on www.1stmaywolverhampton.org.uk
Black Country People’s Assembly
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)
Wolverhampton Workers' Memorial Day
our 24th annual commemoration in association with the Black Country Urban Industrial Mission
Tuesday 28th April 2015
Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living.
Trade union courses in Wolverhampton 2015
Midlands Region Trades Council Conference
Action For Rail
On 31 March and 1st April, trade union activists and campaigners, coordinated by Action for Rail, took action at stations across the country, calling for a publicly owned rail network that puts people before profit.
Six volunteers from ASLEF, UNISON & WB&DTUC leafleted 1,500 morning commuters 7-9am at Wolverhampton Railway station
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
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.
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.