Staying in Politics – Our Relationship with Labour

 

Staying in Politics – Our Relationship with Labour

 

Branches will recall Emergency Motion 2 at General Conference 2014 was carried. The text of that motion was as follows:

 

Conference notes that on 1st March 2014 the Special Conference of the Labour Party carried the Collins Report.  The report in particular covered the basis of the link between the affiliated unions, of which, the CWU is one.

 

Conference notes that the Labour Party has introduced a requirement for levy paying members, to individually sign-up in order to contribute to the Labour Party.

 

Conference also notes in law, the CWU are required to ballot all of its members on the maintenance of a political fund by no later than October 2014.

 

It is crucial that a clear distinction is made between the need for a political fund for our wider political work and the union’s relationship with the Labour Party.

 

Conference agrees that following the political fund ballot result, the union should move quickly to ensure the necessary procedures are identified, that will mean each individual member of the CWU paying the political levy will have the opportunity prior to the 7th May 2015 General Election to sign-up and give their written consent to the arrangements as an affiliated supporter of the Labour Party.

NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

 

The first part of the motion was completed in October 2014 when the union voted to keep the political fund ballot with the union delivering a substantial 86.8% Yes vote with a turnout of 31.8%. The turnout was one of the highest amongst the 4 largest unions.

 

 

The second part of the motion instructed the unionto ensure each individual member of the CWU paying the political levy will be given the opportunity prior to the 7th May 2015 General Election to sign-up and give their written consent to the arrangements as an affiliated supporter of the Labour Party.

 

Branches should note that LTB 809/14 detailed the creation of the two political funds a general fund and an affiliated fund, for reference this LTB is attached.

 

To fulfil the second instruction of the motion members who are paying the political levy have now been sent a letter with instructions on how to opt in or out of contributing towards The Labour Party. The letter also details the two political funds (affiliated and General), what the affiliated fund is used for and the importance of opting in to contributing towards The Labour Party, this letter is attached to the LTB. 

 

Any further enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to the General Secretary’s Office at gsoffice@cwu.org quoting the reference GS14.24/LTB161/15.

 

Yours sincerely

 

W HAYES

General Secretary

 

Postal Competition – BIS Select Committee Report and Next Steps

To:  All Branches with Postal Members

 

Dear Colleague

Postal Competition – BIS Select Committee Report and Next Steps

As you may have seen in the media, the BIS Select Committee has today published its report into competition in postal services and the USO. A copy of the report and summary is attached to this LTB.

Although we would have wanted the Committee to go further, there are a number of positive points in the report that are in line with the arguments CWU put forward at the Select Committee hearing.

The Committee has expressed doubts over whether Ofcom would be able to intervene quickly enough to protect the USO and has called for it to provide quarterly updates on the sustainability of the universal service. It has also recognised that there may need to be a change to the Postal Services Act so that Ofcom gives priority to its duty to safeguard the Universal Service.

Importantly, it has also come out strongly against a race-to-the-bottom on employment standards and proposed that Ofcom’s remit should be extended so that it takes wider employment standards into account in regulating the industry. The report includes evidence from Whistl that at the time of the hearing almost half of their staff were on zero hour contracts and that it is paying its employees well below the Living Wage.

While there are some parts of the report that we do not believe are helpful – such as the Committee’s reliance on assertions from Ofcom to downplay the immediacy of the threat to the Universal Service from competition – it has highlighted some of the key concerns we have been raising in our campaign, providing further support for our arguments.

As we have discussed in the Unit Reps briefings that have been held over the past month, the Union now needs to step up and launch a new stage of our campaign against the stance that Ofcom has taken. Given Ofcom has dismissed the need for immediate direct delivery intervention and is proposing to encourage even greater competition with changes to access pricing, in our view it is clear that the Regulator has abandoned its duty to protect the Universal Service.

Furthermore, in criticising agreements CWU has reached with Royal Mail as restricting efficiency, it is also our view that Ofcom is effectively pressuring Royal Mail into a race to the bottom on employment standards. This is fundamentally wrong and something CWU will never accept.

As explained in our Local Representative meetings, the Union will step up our campaign and call for a judicial review of Ofcom’s role and decisions, as well as calling for changes to the Postal Services Act to protect the USO and new workers’ rights to proper employment standards across the sector. We will be discussing with the General Secretary an appropriate launch event for this next phase and details of this will be issued in due course.

Any enquiries on the above should be addressed to the DGS (P) Dept.

Yours sincerely

Dave Ward

Deputy General Secretary (P) 

Click on the link below to view the report

 

Competition in the postal services sector and the Universal      

Domestic Violence Against Women

Domestic Violence Against Women

Further to composite motion 10, which was carried at the last CWU Women’s Conference, we are writing to confirm details to highlight the work of the White Ribbon Campaign.  This Campaign focuses on the unique aspect of being led by an all male group who are determined to raise awareness around the issue of domestic violence faced by women.

The motion calls for the White Ribbon Campaign to be supported in line with the Early Day Motion 259, tabled by Labour MP for York – Hugh Bayley, which seeks to build a better understanding of the effects of domestic violence and how to counter and educate all on its effects.

We have been in dialogue with the Campaign group and as things stand, they do not have an affiliation process; however, they do accept donations and are a registered charity.  They are based in the North East and their representatives would be more than happy to attend meetings to help raise awareness on this subject.  If any Branch or RWC wishes to do this, they should contact Chris Green on 07941 597584.

Similarly, in relation to the same motion, we have also been in dialogue with the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence (CAADV), as the motion also requested affiliation with CAADV.  CAADV have been unable to confirm an affiliation process to date but equally their representatives would be more than amenable to speaking at any meetings co-ordinated for the benefit of our members.  Initial enquiries should be raised with Melissa Morbeck on 07917 228760.

I would like to thank the York & District and Cleveland Amal Branches for submitting this motion to the last CWU Women’s Conference.

Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be referred to the Equal Opportunities Department.

 

Yours sincerely

Linda Roy                 

National Equality Officer  

STAND UP TO RACISM AND FASCISM – NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION 21 MARCH 2015

TO:    ALL BRANCHES

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

STAND UP TO RACISM AND FASCISM – NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION 21 MARCH 2015

DETAILS AND REQUEST FOR STEWARDS

Further to LTB 147/15, issued earlier this week, arrangements have now been finalised for the above event.

Assembly will be outside the BBC in Portland Place, London W1 at 12 noon.  This is two minutes walk from Oxford Circus underground station. The march will progress down Regent Street and conclude with a rally in Trafalgar Square.

Coaches have been organised from a wide range of towns and cities.  The complete list together with local contacts can be found at http://uaf.org.uk/2015/02/stand-up-to-racism-and-fascism-21-march-2015-2/

Speakers include Owen Jones, Natalie Bennett, Jeremy Corbyn, and George Galloway. There  will also  be representatives from  Syriza, now the party of government in Greece,  as well as Weyman Bennett and Sabby Dhalu  from  Unite against Fascism and  many  community and  faith  groups. CWU will be represented by the General Secretary.

The union has  received a request  from Unite against Fascism,  one of the  key  organisations  behind this  event,  for  stewards to  help  marshal the  demonstration.

Branches and Regions are asked   to  make this  opportunity  known  to   their activists, and to  forward the  names of  anyone  inserted in helping  in this  way   to  info@uaf.org.uk,

Further information is available directly from UAF on 020 8971 7426. Branches and regions are thanked in anticipation for their assistance

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Simon Sapper

Assistant Secretary                        

Election of CWU Regional Secretaries 2015

 

No. 151/15

Ref: TK/PM/80008

10th March 2015

 

To: All Branches 

 

 

 

Dear Colleague,

 

Election of CWU Regional Secretaries – 2015 

Further to LTB 090/15 dated 11th February 2015 at the close of nominations the following werereceived:

Eastern Region

 

Paul Moffat, Central Counties & Thames Valley*ELECTED


Midland Region

 

Kate Hudson, South Midlands Postal*ELECTED


North East Region

 

Paul Clays, York & District*ELECTED

 

Northern Ireland Region

 

Lawrence Huston, Northern Ireland Telecoms

Gabe McCurry, Northern Ireland Combined*BALLOT REQUIRED

 


North West Region

 

Carl Webb, North Lancs & Cumbria *ELECTED

 

 

Scotland Region

 

John Brown, Glasgow District Amal

Tony Sneddon, Scotland No 5*BALLOT REQUIRED

 

 

 

 

South East Region

 

Paul Carpenter, South East No 5*ELECTED

 

 


South West Region

 

Kevin Beazer, Bristol & District Amal*ELECTED

 

 

Wales & The Marches Region

 

Gary Watkins, Gwent Amal*ELECTED

 


London Region 

 

Khurram Khan, South West Middlesex Amal

Ian Murphy, Harrow & District Amal*BALLOT REQUIRED

 

 

Please note that the timetable for the ballots is as follows:

 

 

Dispatch ballot material from:24th March 2015 

 

Close of ballot:14th April 2015 (first post)                

 

 

 

Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to the Senior Deputy General Secretary’s Department on telephone number 0208 971 7237or email address sdgs@cwu.org.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

 

Tony Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary

 

 National Representative Positions NEC 2015

Dear Colleague

Election of:

National Executive Council – 2015  

Postal Constituency Nominations

Postal Executive Representatives – 2015  

Postal Grades Nominations

Postal Executive Representatives – 2015  

Postal Technical Services Grade Nominations

Further to LTB 067/15 dated 2nd February 2015.   

Please find listed below the list of accepted nominations for the above Postal Constituency positions.

Please note that the list of nominations for the Telecom and Financial Services Constituency positions will be published on 13 March 2015. 

 

POSTAL CONSTITUENCY:  

NOMINATIONS FOR POSTAL CONSTITUENCY – CHAIR

Jane Loftus, Merseyside Amal (ELECTED)

NOMINATIONS FOR POSTAL CONSTITUENCY – VICE CHAIR

Steve Jones, London Postal Engineering (BALLOT REQUIRED)

Mick Kavanagh, South Midlands Postal 

Joe Malone, Scotland No 5  

 

NOMINATIONS FOR POSTAL CONSTITUENCY – NEC REPRESENTATIVE

Mahmood Ali Birmingham District Amal

Shelly Banbury Kent Invicta

Mark Baulch East London Postal

Tony Bouch Plymouth & East Cornwall Amal 

Phil Browne Newcastle Amal

Huw Davies London North Western C&C

Scott Haslam Leeds No 1 Amal

Andy Hopping South Central Postal

Mick Kavanagh South Midlands Postal

Carl Maden London South West Postal

Paddy Magill North Lancs & Cumbria

Joe Malone Scotland No. 5

Katrina Quirke South East Wales Amal

Davie Robertson Glasgow & District Amal

Lynn Simpson Gloucestershire Amal  

Ian Ward South East London Postal

Bobby Weatherall Northern Ireland Combined

David Wilshire Bristol & District Amal

NOMINATIONS FOR POSTAL CONSTITUENCY – POSTAL EXECUTIVE – POSTAL GRADES

Mahmood Ali Birmingham District Amal

Shelly Banbury Kent Invicta

Mark Baulch East London Postal

Tony Bouch Plymouth & East Cornwall Amal 

Phil Browne Newcastle Amal

Huw Davies London North Western C&C

Scott Haslam Leeds No 1 Amal

Andy Hopping South Central Postal

Mick Kavanagh South Midlands Postal

Carl Maden London South West Postal

Paddy Magill North Lancs & Cumbria

Joe Malone Scotland No. 5

Katrina Quirke South East Wales Amal

Davie Robertson Glasgow & District Amal

Lynn Simpson Gloucestershire Amal  

Ian Ward South East London Postal

Bobby Weatherall Northern Ireland Combined

David Wilshire Bristol & District Amal

NOMINATIONS FOR POSTAL CONSTITUENCY – POSTAL EXECUTIVE –

POSTAL AND TECHNICAL SERVICES GRADES

Steve Jones London Postal Engineering (ELECTED)

Alan Tate London Regional Transport (ELECTED)

Any enquiries regarding the above should be directed to the Senior Deputy General Secretary’s Department for the attention of Peter Metcalfe.

Yours sincerely

Tony Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary

Election of:  CWU General Secretary • CWU Assistant Secretary (Postal) • CWU Assistant Secretary (TFS) 

To: The Branch Secretary

Dear Colleague

Election of: 

CWU General Secretary 

CWU Assistant Secretary (Postal) 

CWU Assistant Secretary (TFS) 

Nominations for the above positions closed at 14:00 on 10th March 2015.

Please find below a list of accepted nominations and respective nominating branches.

CWU GENERAL SECRETARY 

Billy Hayes CWU Officers Branch (BALLOT REQUIRED)

NOMINATING BRANCHES

Algus National Glasgow & Motherwell

AT Coms Gloucestershire Amal

Birmingham Black Country & Worcester Great Western 

Bootle Financial Services Greater London Combined

Bournemouth & Dorset Hull & East Ridings Amal 

Bristol & District Amal Isle of Man Telecoms

Capital Leeds No. 1 Amal

Central & West Lancs Leicester & Midshires

Central Counties & Thames Valley Lincolnshire & South Yorks

Cleveland Amal Manchester Clerical

Cornwall Amal Manchester Combined Branch

Coventry Meridian

CWU Officers Mersey

East Midlands Merseyside Amal

Eastern 5 Merseyside & South West Lancs

Edinburgh Dundee & Borders Mid Wales The Marches & North Staffs

Essex Amal North Anglia

Billy Hayes Cont.

North East South East Anglia

North East Coastal Amal South East Central 

North Wales & Chester Combined South Wales 

Northern Ireland Telecom South Yorkshire

Portsmouth West Sussex & IOW Tyne & Wear Clerical

Scotland No. 1 West Yorkshire

Shropshire & Mid Wales Worcester & Hereford Amal

Somerset, Devon & Cornwall York & District Amal 

Dave Ward CWU Officers Branch (BALLOT REQUIRED)

NOMINATING BRANCHES

Birmingham District Amal North Wales & The Marches

Bradford & District North West Central Amal

Cheshire No. 1 North West No. 1

Clyde Valley Amal Northern Home Counties Postal

Colchester & District Northern Ireland Combined

Croydon & Sutton Amal Northern Ireland East

CWU Officers Northern Ireland West

Darwen Capita Nottingham & District Amal

Doncaster & District Plymouth & East Cornwall Amal

East London Postal Portsmouth & District

Eastern No. 3 Romford Amal

Eastern No. 6 Scotland MT

Grampian & Shetland Scotland No. 2

Greater Manchester Scotland No. 5

Guernsey South & East Thames Amal

I.P.S.L. South Central Postal

Kent Invicta Branch South East London Postal & Counters

Kingston Area South London, Surrey & North Hampshire

London 7 South Midlands Postal

London North Western C&C South West Middx Amal 

London Parcels & Stations Amal South West No. 7

London Postal Engineering South West Wales Amal

London RMT South Yorkshire & District Amal

London South West Postal Southdowns Weald & Rother

London West End Amal Suffolk Amal 

Midland No. 1 Wessex South Central

Midland No. 7 West London 

Mount Pleasant International West London Postal 

Newcastle Amal Western Counties 

North Lancs & Cumbria Wolverhampton & District Amal

North/North West London

CWU ASSISTANT SECRETARY (POSTAL)

Terry Pullinger CWU Officers Branch (ELECTED)

NOMINATING BRANCHES 

Bournemouth & Dorset North Lancs & Cumbria

Bradford & District North Wales & The Marches 

Bristol & District Amal North West Central Amal

Cleveland Amal North West No. 1

Clyde Valley Amal Northern Home Counties Postal 

Cornwall Amal Northern Ireland Combined

Croydon & Sutton Amal Northern Ireland West

CWU Officers Nottingham & District Amal

Doncaster & District Plymouth & East Cornwall Amal

Eastern No. 4 Portsmouth & Dist Postal 

Eastern No. 5 Romford Amal

Eastern No. 6 Scotland MT

Essex Amal Scotland No. 2

Glasgow & Dist Scotland No. 5

Gloucestershire Amal Somerset, Devon & Cornwall

Grampian & Shetland South & East Thames Amal

Greater Manchester South Central Postal

Gwent Amal South East London Postal & Counters

Harrow & Dist South East No. 5

Hull & East Riding Amal South East Wales Amal

Kent Invicta South Midlands Postal 

Kingston Area South Wales

Leeds No. 1 Amal South West Middlesex Amal

Leicestershire South West No. 7

London North Western C&C South West Wales Amal

London Postal Engineering South Yorkshire & District Amal

London RMT Southdowns Weald & Rother

Merseyside & South West Lancs Suffolk Amal

Merseyside Amal West London Postal 

Midland No. 1 Western Counties

Midland No. 7 Wolverhampton & District Amal

Mount Pleasant International Worcester & Hereford Amal

Newcastle Amal York & District 

North East Coastal Amal

CWU ASSISTANT SECRETARY POSTAL (TFS)

Sally Bridge CWU Officers Branch (ELECTED)

NOMINATING BRANCHES 

Birmingham Black Country & Worcester Mid Wales The Marches & North Staffs

Bootle Financial Services Midland No. 1

Capital North Anglia

CWU Officers North East

East Midlands North Wales & Chester Combined

Edinburgh Dundee & Borders Northern Ireland Telecom

Glasgow & Motherwell Portsmouth, West Sussex & IOW

Great Western Scotland No. 1

Isle of Man Telecoms Somerset, Devon & Cornwall

Leicester & Midshires South East Central

Lincolnshire & South Yorks South Wales 

Manchester Clerical South Yorkshire

Meridian Tyne & Wear Clerical

Mersey West Yorkshire

Any enquiries regarding the above should be directed to the Senior Deputy General Secretary’s Department for the attention of Peter Metcalfe.

Yours sincerely

Tony Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary

Romec members future is in the balance!

Greater Manchester Branch               London Postal Engineering Branch  

 

Dear Colleagues

Romec members future is in the balance!

You are no doubt aware that a decision on the future of Romec is imminent. We understand that a decision is likely to be made later this month! A review of Romec is looking at 2 options – either outsourcing to a company called Cofely or bringing it back into Royal Mail. 

We believe that the decision has all but been made and our members willbe thrown to the ‘Wolves’

We believe that it is essential that we build a groundswell of support for our Romec members that will help ensure that Royal Mail do the right thing and bring Romec back in house. To this end we are asking all Postal Branches to sign up to the following ‘statement’ and consider circulating it to your members. Please let us have your views and support as soon as possible, we aim to circulate supporting Branches in the very near future.

CWU says NO to the Outsourcing of Romec

• Royal Mail is reviewing the future of Romec, a subsidiary which employs 2,000 CWU members in Cleaning, Engineering and Admin grades, who maintain Royal Mail buildings. 
• Royal Mail has told the union that its ‘preferred option’ is to hand over Romec – and everyone who works in Romec – to a company called Cofely, part of a huge multi-national conglomerate 
• If this happens our members will become employees of Cofely– without even the limited protection of TUPE laws. Their only other alternative would be to resign without compensation. 
• The CWU is arguing for Romec to be brought back under full Royal Mail control – as BT has done very successfully with its engineering and cleaning services. We believe this would give RM the best service while protecting the jobs, pay and other terms of our members – but we fear that Royal Mail has already made up its mind to get rid of Romec.
• Romec members are loyal to Royal Mail – many of them have long service – but it seems this loyalty is one way and the business wants to cast them aside. 
• Romec Cleaners are our lowest paid members – their basic pay is 2p an hour less than the national living wage. The terms for Cleaners in outside industry are so bad that this puts them in the top 10% for Cleaners wages. We believe their pay, and other terms and conditions will come under immediate attack if they are outsourced.
• The Agenda for Growth agreement gives our members in Royal Mail protection against outsourcing – but Romec isn’t covered by this because it’s a subsidiary company. The CWU can’t accept that Royal Mail can treat our members in Romecdifferently to how they have agreed, in a legally binding agreement, to treat our members in Royal Mail
• The whole RM membership must back our Romecmembers with the full strength of the union – an injury to one is an injury to all!

 

Please email your support to:

John Humphries branchsec@btconnect.com  Jim Mc Nichollsmailhost@cwu-gmr.com

London Postal Engineering BranchGreater Manchester Branch

UN Anti-Racism Day demonstration

No. 147/15

Ref:   GS15.24

Date: 9th March 2015

 

TO: ALL BRANCHES

 

Dear Colleague

 

UN Anti-Racism Day demonstration

 

 

Attached is a leaflet from Stand Up to Racism supporting the national demonstration called for UN Anti-Racism Day on Saturday 21st March 2015. 

 

This event is supported by the CWU, TUC, and numerous other organisations.  Branches are encouraged to send contingents.

 

Any further enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to the General Secretary’s Office at gsoffice@cwu.org quoting the reference GS15.24/LTB 147/15.

 

Yours sincerely

 

W HAYES

General Secretary

 

 

Revised Revision Process – 6 Phase Sign Off Document

 

 

 


No. 142/15
Ref: 230.05
Date: 9th March 2015

 

To: Branches with POSTAL Members

 

 

 

Dear Colleague,

 

Revised Revision Process – 6 Phase Sign Off Document

 

Following points raised regarding H&S involvement in the revised revision process at the recent National Delivery Revision Briefings, and in consultation with the CWU Walk Design Group we have now agreed changes with Royal Mail to the Delivery Revision 6 Phase Sign Off document that confirms H&S involvement. 

CWU H&S Representatives should be involved throughout the revision process and will now be required to sign off Phases 1, 3, 4 and 6. However this does not mean that day to day H&S issues which should be dealt with on a day to day basis become entangled in the revision process. This is not to say that revisions should be deployed in unsafe environments but we should retain a distinction between what are normal day to day issues that H&S Representatives have a responsibility to deal with and those that are specifically aligned to the delivery revision.

It is important that CWU Representatives responsible for IR issues and those responsible for H&S issues retain a collaborative approach to the deployment of ongoing delivery revision activity to ensure we are deploying revisions that are sound, reliable, workable and safe for our members.

Any enquiries to Bob Gibson’s Office, quoting reference 230.05

Email address: hnutley@cwu.org or mstewart@cwu.org

 

 

Yours sincerely

Bob Gibson

CWU Assistant Secretary  Outdoor

 

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