West Midlands County Association of Trades Union Councils (WMCATUC)
Minutes of a Delegate Meeting held 21st February 2009 at the Unite Office, West Bromwich.
Maggie Ryan, Colin Fitzer, Stuart Richardson Birmingham TUC
Christine Oddy Coventry TUC
Bob Evans, Marg Harrison Wednesbury TUC
Minutes of the 24th January 2009 meeting agreed as a true record.
3. Matters Arising.
5.1 – Dudley – officers decided, AGM to follow to formally establish Dudley TUC.
5.2 - TUCJCC – fates of last year’s motions & action taken since.
Birmingham: Yvonne Washbourne David Hughes
Coventry: Stephen Hart, John Swift, Mary Simpson
Walsall: Mark Fellows, Dorothy Heath. George Masson
Wolverhampton: Marie Taylor, Nick Kelleher
Guest speaker Doug Jewell West Midlands Asbestos Support Group
Doug explained the reasons why the group was formed and what it does. As well as campaigning to prevent the future use of asbestos in the UK & abroad, getting councils to identify buildings with asbestos in them, they also offer help and support to people affected by asbestos to fill forms in and make their last days a bit better.
It is very difficult to find Insurance Companies to compensate victims of cancer, there needs to be an Insurer of Last Resort. Asbestos support needs to be kept in the public domain and the TU movement is vital to help with this. At present there is no public funding into Mesothelioma, need to keep campaigning to request government funding.
Trades Councils can write to their councils asking what action they are taking to identify asbestos in their buildings.
A donation of £25 was made to the group.
5.1. Secretary & Treasurers report.
The Secretary gave a commitment to re-launch the website as the present one was out of date and expensive to host with the present company.
The up to date accounts were circulated. Balance £627.35 credit
Next meeting 16.3.09
5.3. Trades Union Councils.
Minutes circulated in the correspondence. 9th May Anti-Homophobia day, to link in with the June election campaign.
John gave an update on recent activity including a public meeting attended by 2 ladies from the Ballymurphy 11, other demonstrations in support of the CYWU and against the war in Gaza.
AGM has taken place.
Continue to be active against the BNP, there is a major demonstration in Bilston in support of the postal service and in London on April 25th. The Workers Beer Co is looking for volunteers for this year festivals.
5.4 Other Reports.
It was agreed to put reports on the TUC EC on our agenda for future meetings.
International Women’s Day 14th March
RTUC AGM 28th February, a view was taken to support Andrew Lloyd for chair & Vera Kelsey for vice chair
Next RTUC Meetings 27.6.09 & 7.11.09
7. Delegate Nominations.
The three delegates elected to attend this years Trades Council Conference are:-
Maggie Ryan, Mary Simpson & Yvonne Washbourne.
In view of the financial cost involved it was agreed that Birmingham TUC would be asked to cover the costs of two delegates and the CATUC would pay the costs of the third delegate. Wash will raise this with BTUC.
From CTUC on the Economic Crisis – passed without debate. 1 abstention – Steve Hart, CTUC
From BTUC on the implementation of Trades Council Conference by the TUCJCC. Amended and passed.
Copies of both motions attached
8. Dates and Venues of next Meetings.
3rd October 2009 Unite Office, Terry Duffy House, West Bromwich
9. Any Other Business.
Stephen Hart Nick Kelleher
Secretary WMCATUC Chair WMCATUC