March Income/ExpenditureBalances correct at close of business 31st March 2015

March Income/Expenditure

Balances correct at close of business 31st March 2015

 

Branch Rebate

£7,482.91

Affiliations

£50.00

Other Income

£297.44

Postage

£92.60

+ Opening Balance

£45,144.11

Other Expense

£209.95

 

 

Phones/Internet/Ink

£523.89

 

 

Central Billing

£525.42

 

 

Reps Expenses

£1,066.26

 

 

Conference Costs

£3,644.00

 

 

Death Grant Benefit

£3,932.00

 

Total

£52,924.46

Total

£10,044.12

 

Balance

£42,880.34

 

March saw an overspend of Branch finances of £2,263.77. As you can see, the Conference costs are the reason for this. As Conference is an annual event this will continue to be the case each year. 

 

The Other Expenses were as follows; £146.00 monthly transfer to the Benevolent Fund, £47.46 on the Mail Centre condolence book and £16.49 for a copy of the documentary ‘Still The Enemy Within’. Members can request to borrow the DVD for a maximum of 7 days free of charge although any donations will be gratefully received and passed over to charity.

March Rebate Breakdown

March Rebate Breakdown


Reference

Details

Credit

Debit

Rebate – New

17 New Members

£120.36

 

Rebate – Current

1,856 Members

£6,857.97

 

Rebate – Retired

279 Members

£366.99

 

Death Grant Returns

2 Returns

£1,490.00

 

Other

See Below

£115.93

 

CWU HQ Deduction

Honoraria

 

£1,274.36

CWU HQ Deduction

Postage

 

£10.36

CWU HQ Deduction

Defence Fund

 

£73.45

CWU HQ Deduction

Regional Committee

 

£73.45

CWU HQ Deduction

Womens Committee

 

£18.36

CWU HQ Deduction

Learning Committee

 

£18.36

 

Totals

£8,951.25

£1,468.34

 

Net Rebate

£7,482.91

 

Credit of £115.93 for Other payment is a refund of travel for the Area Safety Rep attending a meeting at CWU HQ.

This Is Fucking Vandalism, London’s History And Culture Are Being Destroyed In The Name Of Greed

the void

black-capsAround 150 people joined a protest outside The Black Cap public house in Camden yesterday after it closed suddenly and without warning last week.  The long running LGBT venue opened in the 1960s, surviving throughout the days when gay people faced prosecution.  Now it is falling victim to rampant gentrification that respects neither culture or history and seeks only to make as much money as possible for greedy property developers.

Speaking at the protest drag artist Titti La Camp, a former performer at the pub, said 10 gay venues had closed in central London since the current Tory government weren’t elected.  In an all too familiar story, those trying to save The Black Cap believe it is likely to be converted into yet more luxury flats that nobody local can afford.

camden-marketsA few hundred yards away a large part of Camden Market is currently a building site, awaiting being converted…

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TTIP Day of Dissent and Flashmob

TTIP Day of Dissent and Flashmob

 

TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) will be the biggest transfer of power from people to corporations in a generation. TTIP is threatening our social, health and environmental protections as it seeks to bring in deregulation, privatisation and a huge increase in investor rights through the controversial, investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism. The ISDS will establish corporate courts for US companies to sue European states for the loss of future profits.

The 18th of April has been chosen as a global day of action with events taking place against TTIP across the UK, you can look for events near you here.

In London there is ‘Day of Dissent: Democracy Vs TTIP’ a participatory assembly on TTIP, this will be followed by a series of creative actions to highlight the threat TTIP poses to the NHS, food and environmental protection. The event will be taking place on Shepherd’s Bush Common from 12:00. More information on can be found here.

In Manchester there will be a ‘flashmob’ (a flashmob is a public gathering which appears to occur spontaneously with the participants performing a seemingly random act a TTIP example can be seen here) focused on the threat of food contamination from TTIP. A briefing will take place immediately before the action. The briefing will take place at ‘Greenfish’ (46-50 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE) at 12:00, with the flashmob in the City Centre taking place at 13:00.  It will be finished by 13:30. More information can be found here

 

Any further enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to the General Secretary’s Office at gsoffice@cwu.org quoting the reference GS15.2/LTB 253/15.

 

Yours sincerely

 

W HAYES

General Secretary

Regional Secretary Elections – 2015

Regional Secretary Elections – 2015

 

Please find attached a copy of the Independent Scrutineer’s report for the above elections.

 

Please can you ensure that the results are brought to the attention of the members of your Branch.

 

The detailed branch analysis will follow as soon as it is available.

 

Any enquiries regarding this matter should be directed to the Senior Deputy General Secretary’s department for the attention of Peter Metcalfe:

 

Telephone:    0208 971 7368

Email:           pmetcalfe@cwu.org

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Tony Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary

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Regional Secretary Elections – 2015

National Officer, NEC & Industrial Executive Elections – 2015

National Officer, NEC & Industrial Executive Elections – 2015

 

Please find attached a copy of the Independent Scrutineer’s report for the above elections.

 

Please can you ensure that the results are brought to the attention of the members of your Branch.

 

The detailed branch analysis will follow as soon as it is available.

 

Any enquiries regarding this matter should be directed to the Senior Deputy General Secretary’s department for the attention of Peter Metcalfe:

 

Telephone:    0208 971 7368

Email:           pmetcalfe@cwu.org

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Tony Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary

Click on the links below for the full Election results

ELECTION OF GENERAL SECRETARY                    ELECTION OF OFFICERS, NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL & NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

To: All Branches  Changes to Employment Law From April 2015

Changes to Employment Law From April 2015

 

Set out below are the statutory changes to employment law from April 2015. In relation to your employer’s specific policies on shared parental leave & pay and changes to adoption leave & pay, we strongly recommend that you refer to any agreements within the relevant businesses. 

 

1. Shared Parental Leave and Pay 

The new system of shared parental leave and pay is introduced, aiming to provide greater flexibility in how parents share the care of their child in its first year. It is available to couples with a baby due, or children placed for adoption, on or after 5 April 2015.

The entitlement of mothers to 52 weeks’ maternity leave and 39 weeks’ statutory maternity pay remains, as does fathers’ entitlement to two weeks’ ordinary paternity leave and pay, but additional paternity leave and additional statutory paternity pay are abolished. 

Parents will be able to share the mother’s maternity leave and, if available, maternity pay. Shared parental leave will also be available to employees who are, or expect to be, the parents of a child under a parental order, where the child’s expected week of birth begins on or after 5 April 2015. 

Under shared parental leave, mothers will be able to commit to ending their maternity leave and pay at a future date, and share the untaken balance of leave and pay as shared parental leave with their partner. The amount of shared parental leave to which an employee is entitled will depend on the amount of leave that the other parent has taken in respect of the child. 

2. Changes to Adoption Leave and Pay 

The Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2014 come into force on 5 April 2015 and will make significant changes to adoption leave:

• The requirement to have 26 weeks’ employment with the same employer to qualify for adoption leave is removed, coming into line with the eligibility requirements for maternity leave. 

• Statutory adoption pay comes into line with statutory maternity pay by setting it at 90% of average weekly earnings for the first six weeks. 

• The Regulations introduce a new right to statutory adoption leave for local authority foster parents who are prospective adopters under the “Fostering for Adoption” scheme. They also provide for paternity leave for partners of these prospective adopters. 

• The Regulations further provide that paternity leave cannot be taken in relation to a child where shared parental leave has already been taken; and ensure that if an employee has exercised the right to paid time off to attend an adoption appointment he or she cannot then take paternity leave rather than adoption leave. 

• Protection is provided for employees who suffer detriment or dismissal in relation to time off for adoption appointments and the right to return to work following paternity or adoption leave is amended to take account of the introduction of shared parental leave. 

• Parents who have a child through a surrogacy arrangement will also become eligible for adoption leave. The leave will be available to employees who are, or expect to be, the parents of a child under a parental order, where the child’s expected week of birth begins on or after 5 April 2015. They will also be eligible for ordinary paternity leave and pay and shared parental leave and pay, provided that they meet the eligibility criteria. 

3. New Right to Attend Adoption Appointments

The Children and Families Act introduces a new right to attend adoption appointments as of 5 April 2015. The main adopter will be able to take time off to attend up to five appointments, while the secondary adopter will be entitled to take time off for up to two such appointments. The time off is “for the purpose of having contact with the child or for any other purpose connected with the adoption”. 

4. The right to take unpaid parental leave is extended to all parents of children under the age of 18

The right to take unpaid parental leave currently applies to parents of children under five (or 18 if the child is disabled). As of 5 April 2015, this right is extended to the parents of any child under the age of 18. Please note that this form of unpaid parental leave is different to the shared parental leave mentioned in point 1 above. 

5. New rate of statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay is introduced 

As of 5 April 2015, the rate of statutory maternity pay, statutory paternity pay and statutory adoption pay increases from £138.18 per week to £139.58 per week. Statutory shared parental pay is also set at £139.58 per week. 

6. Employer national insurance contributions are abolished for workers aged under 21 

In order to encourage youth employment, employer National Insurance contributions are abolished for employees aged under 21, who earn up to the upper earnings limit. This change applies from 6 April 2015. 

7. New rate of statutory sick pay

With effect from 6 April 2015, the standard rate of statutory sick pay (SSP) increases from £87.55 per week to £88.45 per week.

8. Limits on tribunal awards and statutory payments increase 

From 6 April 2015: 

• The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal increases from £76,574 to £78,335 

• The maximum amount of a week’s pay, used to calculate statutory redundancy pay and other awards, such as the basic and additional awards for unfair dismissal, rises from £464 to £475. 

 

The contents of this LTB are for reference purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. For more information on employment law please contact the CWU Legal Dept. 

 

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

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Linda Roy

National Equality Officer

 

To: All Branches National Officer, NEC & Industrial Executive  Announcement of Ballot Results

National Officer, NEC & Industrial Executive 

Announcement of Ballot Results

Please be advised that the ballot results for the above elections will be communicated as follows:

 

1. ERS have advised us that the count of the ballot papers should be concluded at approx 15:00 on the 16 April 2015.  Following this they would then be in a position to produce the required ballot certificates and declare the results between 16:00 – 17:00 on the 16 April 2015. Once the results have been verified they will then be delivered by hand to the Senior Deputy General Secretary. 

 

2. On receipt of the certificate, the Senior Deputy General Secretary will then make arrangements for an LTB containing the results to be immediately sent to all branches by email. 

 

3. Additionally, where the candidates have provided us with a current email address we will send a copy of the LTB direct to all candidates standing in the respective ballots. 

 

4. The results will also be posted on the CWU Website. 

 

Any enquiries regarding this matter should be directed to the Senior Deputy General Secretary department for the attention of Peter Metcalfe:

Telephone:    0208 971 7368

Email:           pmetcalfe@cwu.org

 

Yours sincerely

Tony Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary

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