next WB&DTUC meeting
with seasonal refreshments
West Midlands to be hit harder by tax credit cuts than London
New analysis published by the TUC (18-11-15) reveals that the Chancellor’s tax credit cuts will hit the West Midlands harder than London and the South.
The TUC analysis shows that more than nineteen out of every twenty households receiving working tax credits, in the West Midlands will be worse off as a result of the government’s cuts
millions are due to lose their vote on 1st December 2015
the House of Lords supported the Government, by just 11 votes, to bring forward the full implementation of Individual Electoral Register (IER) by 12 months. These changes will see up to two million people drop off the electoral register on 1st December 2015 DON'T LOSE YOUR VOTE
This is the biggest disenfranchisement in our history. If that wasn't bad enough, it will be the new register, with the millions of missing voters, that will be used to calculate the new parliamentary boundaries.
Save Wolverhampton's Elderly Care
The campaign to save Nelson Mandela House, Merry Hill House and Woden and Bradley Resource Centres has been ignored by our Labour council.
"The Unison Petition opposing home closures and outsourcing was almost 5,500 strong and was considered by the petitions committee on the 6th November.
Thank you and well done to everyone that has helped with the petition" Ade Turner Unison Branch Secretary, lead petitioner who addressed the committee. This was to no avail.
Right to strike under threat
Thanks to all three Wolverhampton Labour MPs who voted to oppose the TU Bill.
The Tories (despite a few rebels) and UKIP were the only parties to vote for these further anti-union laws.
Campaign against the Trade Union Bill will continue in the Lords, says TUC
Commenting on the vote in the House of Commons on the third reading of the Trade Union Bill, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“The government has shown once again its determination to undermine the fundamental right to strike. Ministers simply want to make it harder for working people to get fair treatment at work.
Trade union courses in Wolverhampton 2016
150 years anniversary badges
150 limited edition, numbered, anniversary (40mm) badges to this design of our banner have been produced, NOW available with special presentation card
Sunday Trading opposition
Shopworkers' trade union leader John Hannett has welcomed reports that the Government has put on hold their proposals to devolve Sunday trading regulations to local government.
National Minimum Wage rates increase
Next rise is due April 2016
from 1st October 2015:
- adult hourly rate of the national minimum wage increases from £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
and from 1st April 2016:
- hourly rate of the national minimum wage for those of 25 years and over, will increase from £6.70 to £7.20. Two million under-25s will not be covered
Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign
- join Palestine Solidarity Campaign Wolverhampton on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/167943526632859/
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.
Action For Rail
Take Action Now: Ask your MP to support an affordable railway under public ownership
Rail fares are going up again in January, yet season tickets and other regulated fares have risen nearly three times faster than wages over the last five years, according to new analysis by Action for Rail.
The government plans to cap rises in regulated rail fares at inflation for this parliament, but you’re still paying for this through your taxes. The cost of the cap to taxpayers is £700m, according to Department for Transport figures.
Yet your season ticket could be 10 per cent cheaper by 2017 if rail lines up for renewal in this parliament were run by the public sector, as this would save £1.5bn – according to independent research. £520m of this saving would come from recouping the money that private train companies pay in shareholder dividends.
Please support our call for an affordable national railway under public ownership, that puts people before profit!
live gig to celebrate our 150 years anniversary
It was standing room only at our 150 years celebration
Black Country People’s Assembly
'In the Shadow of Elisabeth' project, exploring the union fight to save Bilston Steelworks
The project, coordinated by Bilston Community Association, is looking to source potential interviewees who remember the 'battle for Bilston.' This may be former steelworkers themselves or union members who may have witnessed or took part in the community action against the Government and British Steel.