Defending the NHS
Union members working in the NHS in England will walk out for 12 hours on Thursday 29 January 2015, followed by action short of strike for a month, then a further 24 hour strike on Wednesday 25 February. They will then work to rule between Friday 30 January and Tuesday 24 February, which means they will be working their contracted hours, will take their breaks and not do unpaid overtime.
NHS pay: pickets at New Cross hospital
Unite Against Fascism
Black Country Unite Against Fascism are calling a counter protest ‘Dudley United against Racism’ in response to the threatened demonstration by the EDL on
Saturday 7th February
assemble Castle Hill/Castle Street from 11am until such time as the racist EDL leave our town.
the decision to call the counter protest is supported by Dudley Trades Union Council
Wolverhampton Amnesty International
Friday 30th January 2015
next WB&DTUC meeting
Thursday 19th February 2015
WB&DTUC next delegate meetng
7.15pm delegates & interested trades unionists and those interested in joining a union are invited @Civic Centre
DSG pay strike
UNITE's DSG workers have suspended their week of strike action [Monday 26th to Friday 30th January], giving a week to pay an offer of a one-off £1,250 bonus.
They have already been on strike for one, four then ten days before Xmas demanding an 8% pay rise at a time when the specialist division made a profit of £67m and a 1% offer made.
UNITE members at Defence Support Group (MoD Donnington, Shropshire) spoke at our AGM January 2015 and were presented with cheques of £200 from WB&DTUC and £300 from UNISON Wolverhampton General branch.
Annual Report 2014-15
Secretary’s annual Report of Work of 2014 and Plan of Action for 2015
Police staff strike
UNISON Police staff month of action short of strike action 24 January - 21 February. The took 24-hour strike over pay Friday 23rd January. 999-call takers, police community support officers, fingerprint experts and detention officers will take action.
Trade union courses in Wolverhampton 2015
TUC courses sign up now....January 2015
Fancy free entry to music festivals - volunteer 2015?
Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council organises teams of local trade unionists to work on bars at music festivals to raise our funds for our campaigning work. Our volunteers have raised £33,000 over the last 16 summers at festivals at around sixty festivals.
We have to apply for places at festivals by 21st March 2015 so if you want to apply it needs to be done by then.
Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign
For further information on Wolverhampton PSC:
or join Palestine Solidarity Campaign Wolverhampton on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/167943526632859/
for info on British arms sales to Israel click here....
Trades Union Councils' Programme of Work 2014 to 2015
Seven years of wage falls
West Midlands workers would be over £80 a week better off had pay risen at pre-recession rate
This is the seventh year that average weekly earnings have been falling – the longest period since records began in the 1850s, says the TUC.
Local Govt. Pay Claim LATEST
Members of all three local government unions have voted to accept a pay offer put forward by the Local Government Association.
Local government and school support workers had been offered just 1%, with slightly more for the lowest paid to bring them above the level of the new National Minimum Wage in March. However following a strike on 10 July 2014 and a threatened further walkout in October, the LGA made an improved offer, worth around 2.35% on average and up to 9.6% for the lowest paid.
Tuesday 24 March 2015 - A special conference of UNISON's local government group convened in London to debate the 2014-16 pay proposals;
Firefighters to strike
The government has increased contribution costs for firefighters for the third year running rising to more than £4,000 a year from a salary of around £29,000.
Firefighters will be expected to work until they are 60 however the government’s own report recognises that two thirds will not meet the current fitness standard.
The plans mean that firefighters, whose fitness declines as we get older, face a stark ‘choice’: leave with a significantly reduced pension of up to 50% or face dismissal from the service.