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Minutes from Sheffield GMB Branch Meeting (31/08/2011)


Chair – SI

Apologies – SH (recruitment), DG (comms)

Discussion –

Monthly Officers Reports –

Treasurer – Bank account set up with a start up fund of £100 to be spent on expanding the branch. Ideas for spending included – printing – leaflets, newsletter, and producing badges, t shirts and stickers, posters for pizza hut team rooms. Agreed to use half of our money to produce organising material while keeping half for emergency funds.

AP: CW to design new Sheffield pacific leaflets as well as new Pizza Hut leaflets.

Membership Officer – awaiting full lists of all members to form full database, partial list already in use.

Secretary report – New volunteer(s) for role needed as I will be concentrating on regional organising after the upcoming BIRA, role description will be included with distribution of minutes.

– I have also secured a training day for the 17th of September, where we will be receiving Rep stage one from the current regional organiser Russ.

October British Isles Regional Administration (BIRA) meeting– At the upcoming BIRA we aim to be charted as an official IWW branch. (at the branch meeting the pettion to charter a branch was completed as well as the branch health check). Motion put forward by branch for the formation of literature with useful information for tenants and claimants – AP – CW to form wording of motion.

AP-Branch report for Internal Bulletin (IB) to be put together by SI We then discussed what we needed from the BIRA – More literature to put on stalls – Industrial Worker Newspaper – Regular training programme.

Social Centre update – Aim to set up permanent radical anti-capitalist space, local activist hub. Short term plan of free school on October 15th at CADS (Smithfield, Shalesmoor, St. Vincents Quarter, Sheffield S3 7AR), Sheffield GMB is running a work place organising skill share. This will be a collaborative project where all Fellow Workers (FW) experience is wanted, so please get involved if you can.

Campaigns Update –

Pizza Hut – **this has been removed** if you wish to have details of this discussion, feel free to get in contact with a branch officer.


Unemployed/claimants union – Problem here is that those who run this often then find jobs. However, we still aim to produce a leaflet as well as hold workshops with advice for claimants and tenants.

University Tutors – Area requires more research CW to investigate conditions in other uni’s and departments Stall – Ap – AS to call O2 and find out what the situation is with stalls at alt. fresher fair. AP – Stall on the 10th of sep, top of Fargate, 1pm. CW to also look into banner.

Migrant Workers – Leaflet to be produced with advice and solidarity with migrant workers struggle.


The Janus Project White Ribbon Football Tournament – We have decided to put forward an IWW team for the charity event. The event is to raise funds for a project the raises awareness among men of the situation of women escaping domestic violence and to show our solidarity with those women. We are looking for players, I believe it is 6 a side, we will also need reserves etc etc. The tournament will be held at Goals Sheffield on the 26th of November, 2-6.