next WB&DTUC meeting
Thursday 19th March 2015
WB&DTUC next delegate meeting
7.15pm delegates & interested trades unionists and those interested in joining a union are invited @Civic Centre
Speaker; John Harris
On the 30th anniversary of the end of the miners strike, we are lucky to be able to have one of the photographic documenters of the strike to give a presentation of his work in a projector show
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; £5,000 was raised last summer
We have to apply for places at festivals now by 5th March 2015 so if you want to apply it needs to be done by then.
Read more: Fancy free entry to music festivals - volunteer 2015?
WOMEN AT WORK WEEK
The TUC in the Midlands is delighted to announce our first Women at Work Week designed to highlight women workers in the run up to International Women’s Day on 8th March.
3rd March – Meeting with the Regional Governor of the Bank of England with presentation on the impacts of austerity on women workers
5th March – Equality, Still on the Horizon one day workshop specifically for Women Trade Unionists in the Midlands. These workshops have been designed, developed and will be delivered by TUEd centres across the Region in Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Leicester and Solihull
6th March – Inaugural Mary Macarthur Lecture. Mary Macarthur, female trade unionist led the historic 10 week Chainmakers strike in 1910 which led to a minimum wage. Her achievements are celebrated every year at the Chainmakers Festival in Cradley Heath. The Midlands TUC has now established an annual lecture to be given in her name and look at the challenges and opportunities facing women in the world of work today. The inaugural lecture will be given by the TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, and will be chaired by Ex-Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons the Rt. Hon. Syliva Heal
7th March – The Midlands TUC Regional Women’s Committee will be out in Coventry from 2pm leafleting the public and supporting the Coventry Women’s Voice Reclaim the Night event that evening.
Read more: WOMEN AT WORK WEEK
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.
Read more: Miners' Strike 30th anniversary
Unite Against Fascism
Saturday 21 March 2015 march and rally organised by Stand up to racism in London
Read more: Unite Against Fascism
National Voter Registration Drive
with changes to electoral registration there are currently 539 people fewer who will be able to vote in the general election in Wolverhampton.
register online now
Altogether, there are 7.5 million eligible voters who aren’t signed up to vote.
This is a national scandal and cannot be allowed to stand.
Read more: National Voter Registration Drive
Trade union courses in Wolverhampton 2015
CND condemns Trident Replacement
Election 2015: Vote No To Trident!
Defending the NHS
UNISON health members in England are to be consulted on a new pay offer from employers following talks with the Department of Health. This means that the 12-hour strike 29 January was suspended to allow the consultation to take place - along with the month-long action short of a strike and the 24-hour strike planned for 25 February.
Read more: Defending the NHS
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.
Read more: DSG pay strike
Wolverhampton, Bilston & District
Trades Union Council (established 1865)
Secretary: Nick Kelleher
PO Box 2917 Wolverhampton WV2 2YA
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