Police staff strike
UNISON Police staff set to strike on Monday 22 December
is looking to source potential interviewees whom remember the 'battle for Bilston.'
This may be former steelworkers themselves or union activists whom may have witnessed or took part in the community action against the Government and British Steel.
Action For Rail
Railway protests on Monday January 5th, calling for Public Ownership and Sustainable transport
Between 1997 -2012 Virgin Trains’ West Coast Mainline paid £500 million in dividends after pocketing £2,500 million in subsidies. By contrast, the publicly owned East Coast Mainline has returned nearly £1,000 million to the government since 2009.
Miami Five are free
After 16 years of unjust imprisonment in US jails all of the Miami Five are now free and at home with their families in Cuba.
Trade union courses in Wolverhampton 2015
TUC courses sign up now....January 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.
Defending the NHS
NHS pay: pickets at New Cross hospital
Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign
We currently have a really good chance to influence the West Midlands Pension Fund to divest from Israeli companies in the next few weeks.
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.
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 by Dr Tony Williams, published in December 2013, recognises that two thirds (66%) 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.
National Minimum Wage rates increase
from 1stOctober 2014:
The Living Wage is £7.85/hour outside London, this will be updated in November 2015
Anger and fury at 5 Midlands companies named & shamed for not paying the National Minimum Wage
Miners' Strike 30th anniversary
This will be a national event, organised with the full support of the National Union of Mineworkers, and held in what was the heart of the West Yorkshire coalfield in Unity Hall, Wakefield, on 7 March 2015 from 11am to 11pm.
Umbrella Companies – UCATT
Construction workers are losing out on up to £120 per week.
Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel
NUT Stand up for education –
The NUT has published a “Manifesto For Our Children’s Education” which it will be using in the run up to the General Election next year. It can be read online at: https://www.teachers.org.uk/files/manifesto-16pp-a5--9623-_0.pdf