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The Midlands TUC provides a voice for working people in the region. For up to date information on Midlands campaign events against the cuts visit the Midlands TUC blog.
TUC Assistant General Secretary visit to the Midlands
Paul started his visit by talking to UNISON officials at their Livery Street offices in Birmingham, raising issues of union membership and organisation and taking questions on facility time and access to training.
Paul then called in to talk to reps at West Midlands Police who had won a Midlands TUC Award for campaigning against privatisation and cuts in 2012, before moving on to hear evidence from Usdaw reps of just how hard it is to make ends meet - even when working for a retailer who is noted for paying some of the best wages in the retail sector.
Paul finished his tour with a visit to see Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore, learning first hand of his concerns for the future of local government and public services as successive waves of financial cuts hit home.
The University of Birmingham hosted a launch event for LGB & T History Month in the Bramall Concert Hall on the evening of Thursday 28th November. The event attracted a large audience, many of whom visited the stall holders. Trade unions were well represented, with stalls and representatives from the NASUWT, NUT, Musicians Union and the University branch of UNISON - as well as Unite and the Midlands TUC. The event was followed by a meeting of the Midlands TUC LGB & T Network who are now considering their program of work for 2014.
Our second annual Reps Award night was held in Nottingham in the presence of 180 trade union officers, reps and guests. The awards were sponsored by Homer Creative, Pellacraft, Simpson Millar Solicitors and Thompsons Solicitors and we would like to thank them for their incredible support which helps make the night so special.
Special thanks also to Mohammad Taj, the TUC National President, for attending and presenting the awards.
Below are some images from the evening including pictures of the award winners and those who attended to support the event.
The Blacklisting protest outside the offices of Sir Robert McAlpine in Birmingham took place in torrential rain - but protesters from UCATT, the TUC and NUJ turned out to make their point. The issue of Blacklisting workers is rising up the political agenda and needs to be scrutinised at the highest level. Unions are calling on the government to investigate this scandal - and make sure it never happens again.
Trade unionists at the Nottingham Citizens event launching the rates for the Living Wage 2014.
Midlands TUC Pensioners committee Chair, Wash, signing the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Trust Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter. The Trust put on two events for World Mental Heath Day at which the TUC Disabled Members Forum had an exhibition. The events revolved around a one woman play "Unsent Letters" which explored the devastating effects of mental health issues on an individual.
The Midlands TUC also provides the home for unionlearn in the region. Unionlearn provides a programme of accredited courses for trade union representatives whilst also promoting learning opportunities for trade union members. Visit unionlearn at: www.unionlearn.org.uk