Prostate Cancer 

Prostate Cancer 

Please find below the latest Factsheet from the Equal Opportunities Department.

 

Our thanks to London Postal Engineering for originally submitting the Motion to our 2014 CWU Black Workers Conference and also to Dave Joyce, Assistant Secretary.  

 

This Factsheet is also available online at the CWU website.

 

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

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Linda Roy​

National Equality Officer​

  

  

 

CWU WELFARE FUND – REGULATIONS 

CWU WELFARE FUND – REGULATIONS 

The NEC accepted Motion 65 submitted to General Conference 2015, the motion is reproduced below for ease of reference as is motion 128 submitted to General Conference 2014 that was also accepted by the NEC and is referred to in 65/2015.

 

 

MOTION 65 2015

 

Conference further to the acceptance of Motion 128 at General Conference 2014, to assist branches on National Welfare Fund applications.   

            

Conference notes with concern that no LTB has been issued and no progress appears to have been made.

 

Conference instructs the NEC to implement this policy within six month of the close of General Conference 2015.

 

 

 

MOTION 128 2014

 

Conferences recognises the current economic climate, is placing an increased strain on members and their families. More members are seeking the services of the National Welfare Fund, and branches need more support to assist members in vulnerable circumstances.

 

Conference calls for the NEC and Finance Committee to produce a comprehensive LTB to assist branches in National Welfare Applications to include:

 

1.​How should branches present applications, and what supporting paperwork is ​required?

2. ​What circumstances are covered by the fund?

3.​Clarification on the regulations of the fund

4. ​A realistic indication of timescales of this process

5.​A support list of useful contacts e.g. Rowland Hill Fund, CAB, Debt Charity’s, ​

​Bereavement Services, Macmillan Nurses, Samaritans, DWP,

​Contacts, etc.

 

​This list is not exhaustive

 

 

 

The NEC has now considered these motions and produced a new set of regulations laying out how applications to the Welfare Fund should be made. It is simply not possible to predict every single set of circumstances that may befall any of our members that could then lead to financial hardship and thus a request for assistance being made.

 

However, by laying out as clearly as we possibly can what is required to make an application and in particular regarding the supporting corroborative evidence needed, then that is all we can do to point both members and branches in the right direction.

 

It is also not possible to state with any certainty how long it will take to process claims. All claims have to be placed before the Trustees to reach a decision on an award (if appropriate). Given that the Trustees are also Industrial and National Executive members they face a heavy workload and so some time delay is to be expected and indeed if the full and proper consideration is to be given to each case, on its own merits, then time is required to ensure the cases are given the respect our members deserve.  

 

Additionally the Trustees have no control over the volume or timing of cases as presented, however they have and will continue to endeavour to deal with applications as speedily as is practicably possible.

 

Branches should also note the maximum amount of money that can be awarded has by necessity had to be reduced, as the economic situation facing our members worsens we see an increase in the number and type of claims being presented. Couple this with a fall off in the traditional sources of income that put cash into the Welfare Fund i.e. affinity partnership deals, this change will ensure we help as many of our members as it is possible to do.

 

We all have to acknowledge that this is not an easy subject to deal with, it is extremely emotive and relies on those making a decision to strike a balance between being as fair, but as dispassionate as they can be in these circumstances.

 

The NEC believes that the attached regulations address this point and in doing so addresses the conference policy.

 

Finally Motion 128 2014 also sought a list of useful contacts for other organisation that can help in the circumstances that the Welfare Fund deals with it. Please find this list below. In order to assist branches we have also attached a further document that gives a brief overview of precisely what each of these organisations exists to deal with, we believe this will enable branches to guide our members to seek alternative support and advice if the specific circumstances warrant it.

 

• Money Advice Service

• BT Benevolent Fund

• Rowland Hill Fund

• Citizens Advice Bureau

• Macmillan

• SSAFA (Soldiers Sailors Airman Families Association)

• Samaritans

• Department of Welfare and Pensions (DWP)

 

• Shelter

• Crisis

• Centrepoint

• Stepchange

 

NOTE: The CWU does not imply any support or accept any responsibility for the outcomes of members dealing with any charities or other organisations listed, these are a matter of personal choice to contact, engage or follow any advice given.

 

The NEC hopes that branches will appreciate the difficulties involved in trying to address all the concerns raised around the issue of the Welfare Fund, we believe we have gone as far as we can in offering the advice, guidance and other options needed to assist members in difficult times.

 

Branches should note that these new regulations will be applied to all claims made to the Welfare Fund that arrive in CWU HQ from the 1st September 2015.

 

Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to the Senior Deputy General Secretary’s Department on telephone number 020 8971 7237 or email address sdgs@cwu.org.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Tony Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary

 

Network 15 Revision Update

Network 15 Revision Update 

Further to LTB 394/15 which provided formal notification in respect of the Network 15 Revision Stage 1 Data Gathering, a meeting of the Network Working Group (NWG) took place on Monday, 10th August 2015 to discuss the outputs generated from the activity that had taken place.

 

The department can now report that in line with Stage 2 of the agreed process (LTB 344/15 refers) the department have requested further information and clarification from the business in respect of the data that has been obtained and that the NWG discussions are currently ongoing.

 

Given the aforementioned Branches and representatives are therefore informed that until advised otherwise by the department local engagement in relation to the Network 15 revision should not take place and that there is to be no progression to Stage 3 of the process at this current time.

 

The department will provide a further update in due course.

 

Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to Joe Malone, Acting Assistant Secretary, e-mail: dwyatt@cwu.org or shayman@cwu.org quoting reference number: 233.11

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Joe Malone

Acting Assistant Secretary

 

RE: FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR MR PAUL SHARPE NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF THE FORMER UCW 

RE: FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR MR PAUL SHARPE NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF THE FORMER UCW 

I write further to LTB 536/15 in which I advised Branches of the sad passing of Paul Sharpe National Chairman of the former UCW. We can now advise Branches that the Funeral Arrangements are as follows: –  

 

The Funeral will take place at 11.15.am on Thursday 27th August 2015.  

 

Bretby Crematorium

Caernarvon Chapel

Geary Lane

Bretby

Burton on Trent

Staffordshire

DE15 0QE

 

Parking is available at the Crematorium.

 

The family have requested that no flowers should be sent.  

 

If you have any enquiries on this LTB, these should be addressed to the General Secretary’s Office at gsoffice@cwu.org quoting the reference GS1.3/LTB 544/15.

 

Yours sincerely

​​​ ​​

 

Dave Ward​​​​​​

General Secretary

           

Generation Rent

Generation Rent 

The CWU has been working closely with campaign group Generation Rent to fulfil the objectives of Composite Motion 1 on housing, from this year’s conference. (attached for ease of reference).

 

It is fair to say that Generation Rent have been highly effective in mobilising public opinion on this issue. Their “Queens Speech on Housing”, sponsored by CWUYouth, was a comprehensive manifesto for change which has been followed up in a number of important ways and can be found at:-

 

Click to access cwu__1431418093_Generation_Rent_-_Queens_Speec.pdf

 

First, by Generation Rent’s own research into which parliamentary seats are most affected by those in rental accommodation – and thus which MPs are most susceptible to a co-ordinated campaign affecting this group.

 

Second, CWU facilitated discussions between the TUC and Generation Rent which in turn lead to a more formal partnership involving Generation Rent, Unison, Unite, GMB and ourselves to co-ordinate and drive housing policy within the TUC.

 

Third, Generation Rent facilitated the contact between ourselves and Karen Buck MP which directly lead to Karen’s Homes (Fit for Human Habitation) Bill being laid before Parliament, representing a real chance of significant regulation in the private rented sector for the first time

 

So it is with disappointment and concerns that we received the attached letter from Betsy Dillner, the Director of Generation Rent.

 

The situation is that Generation Rent’s main funding body has withdrawn their support on the basis that the organisation has not achieved charitable status.
They need approximately £65,000 in order to survive and to put in place alternative and stable funding arrangements.

 

However, there is also the suggestion that there has been some attempt to influence the Charity Commission by objections being lodged against the possibility of Generation Rent being accorded charitable status on the grounds that their work is too political.

 

As summarised above, as a union we have shared platforms with and sponsored publications from and been generally supportive of Generation Rent. There is no doubt that they have made a major contribution to the housing debate within Britain and have been effective in developing a narrative that is attracting increasing support. I do believe that we should support the organisation in the existential crisis that they now find themselves. Work in this area would be significantly diminished were they to disappear from the scene.

 

The NEC therefore agreed an exceptional donation, and authorised an appeal to branches to also support this appeal. Similar requests are being made to GMB, Unite and Unison, plus a number of other unions, as well as organisations such as Shelter and Crisis. A public appeal for funds can be viewed at

 

https://peoplesrepublic.co/p/generationrent  

 

and the main Generation Rent site is at

 

http://www.generationrent.org/

 

Branches are thanked in anticipation of their support for this important and effective organisation.

 

If you have any enquiries on this LTB, these should be addressed to the General Secretary’s Office at gsoffice@cwu.org quoting the reference GS 16.0 LTB 538/15.

 

Yours sincerely

 

​​​ ​​

 

Dave Ward​​​​​​

General Secretary

LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE 2015: BRIGHTON 

LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE 2015: BRIGHTON 

The 2015 Labour Party Conference will be held from Sunday 27th to Wednesday 30th September 2015 at the Conference Centre in Brighton.

 

The union will be holding a reception on Monday 28th September 2015, the details of which are as follows:-

 

• DATE: MONDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2015

• TIME: 6.30PM – 8.30PM

• VENUE: THE GRAND HOTEL – ALBERT ROOM

• ADDRESS: 97 – 99 KINGS ROAD, BRIGHTON, BN1 2FW

 

If any branch has individuals attending conference as a delegate or observer who would wish to come along to the reception, please could you email details to cwuevents@cwu.org.

 

Branches in the area will be contacted separately regarding this event.

 

If you have any enquiries on this LTB, these should be addressed to the General Secretary’s Office at gsoffice@cwu.org quoting the reference GS14.12/LTB 542/15.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

D WARD

General Secretary

The Post Office – Election of: • 10 Post Office Area Representatives for Crowns

The Post Office – Election of:

 

• 10 Post Office Area Representatives for Crowns

 

 

Further to LTB 537/15 issued earlier today.

 

We have now been notified that Robert Leggatt has withdrawn his nomination for Crown Area Representative – Area 9.

 

Therefore Huw Davies has now been elected to the position of Crown Area Representative Area 9.

 

Any enquiries regarding this Letter to Branches should be addressed to the Senior Deputy General Secretary’s Department on telephone number 020 8971 7237 or email address sdgs@cwu.org.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Tony Kearns​​​​

Senior Deputy General Secretary

The Post Office – Election of: 

The Post Office – Election of: 

• 10 Post Office Area Representatives for Crowns

• 10 Post Office Deputy Area Representatives for Crowns

• 3 Post Office Area Representatives for Supply Chain

• 3 Post Office Deputy Area Representatives for Supply Chain

• 4 Territorial Representatives

Further to LTB 505/15 dated 31 July 2015. At the close of nominations at 14.00 on the 18th August 2015 the following had been received:

Crown Area Representatives

 

AREA 1

 

 

 

 

 

Carole Bowmaker

Glasgow District Amal

*Elected

 

 

 

AREA 2

 

 

 

 

 

Neil Barry

North Lancs & Cumbria

*Ballot Required

Jennifer Windsor

North Wales & The Marches

 

 

 

 

AREA 3

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Conlon

Newcastle Amal

*Ballot Required

Richard Titterington

Leeds No 1 Amal

 

 

 

 

AREA 4

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Andrew

Nottingham District Amal

*Ballot Required

Sue Trehearne

Gloucestershire Amal

 

 

 

 

AREA 5

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Pavelin

Eastern No 4

*Elected

 

 

 

AREA 6

 

 

 

 

 

Lynn Simpson

Gloucestershire Amal

*Elected

 

 

 

AREA 7

 

 

 

 

 

Dominic Lafont

Southdowns Weald & Rother

*Ballot Required

Sean Ryan

London No 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

AREA 8

 

 

 

 

 

Mole Meade

South East Ldn Ptl & Counter

*Elected

 

 

 

AREA 9

 

 

 

 

 

Huw Davies

London NW C&C

*Ballot Required

Robert Leggatt

South East Ldn Ptl & Counter

 

 

 

 

AREA 10

 

 

 

 

 

Clive Tickner

London No 7

*Elected

 

Crown Deputy Area Representatives

 

AREA 1

 

 

 

 

 

James Spiers

Glasgow District Amal

*Elected

 

 

 

AREA 2

 

 

 

 

 

Gordon Sergison

Greater Manchester

*Ballot Required

Jennifer Windsor

North Wales & The Marches

 

 

 

 

AREA 3

 

 

 

 

 

No Nominations Received

 

 

 

 

 

AREA 4

 

 

 

 

 

No Nominations Received

 

 

 

 

 

AREA 5

 

 

 

 

 

No Nominations Received

 

 

 

 

 

AREA 6

 

 

 

 

 

Sue Trehearne

Gloucestershire Amal

*Elected

 

 

 

AREA 7

 

 

 

 

 

Caroline Hatch

Portsmouth & District Postal

*Elected

 

 

 

AREA 8

 

 

 

 

 

Garrie Bond

Romford Amal

*Elected

 

 

 

AREA 9

 

 

 

 

 

Scott O’Connor

London NW C&C

*Elected

 

 

 

AREA 10

 

 

 

 

 

John Batt

North/North West London

*Elected

 

 

 

 

Supply Chain Area Representatives

 

NORTH AREA

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Darville

Leeds No 1 Amal

*Ballot Required

Keith Gibson

Newcastle Amal

 

Johnny McKeever

Northern Ireland Combined

 

Alan McLachlan

Glasgow District Amal

 

Alan Robertson

Grampian & Shetland Amal

 

 

 

 

CENTRAL AREA

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Clarke

Midland No 7

*Ballot Required

Mark Worthington

Greater Manchester

 

 

 

 

SOUTH AREA

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Jones

East London Postal

*Ballot Required

Stephen Richards

Bournemouth & Dorset Amal

 

 

 

Supply Chain Deputy Area Representatives

 

NORTH AREA

 

 

 

 

 

No Nominations Received

 

 

 

 

 

CENTRAL AREA

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Worthington

Greater Manchester

*Elected

 

 

 

SOUTH AREA

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Dapson

Portsmouth & District Postal

*Ballot Required

Stephen Richards

Bournemouth & Dorset Amal

 

 

 

Territorial Representatives

 

David Bowmaker

Glasgow District Amal

*Ballot Required

Huw Davies

London NW C&C

 

Mole Meade

South East Ldn Ptl & Counter

 

Peter Meech

South East Ldn Ptl & Counter

 

Jim Reeves

Birmingham District Amal

 

Chris Roche

Plymouth & East Cornwall

 

 

The timetable for the ballots is as follows:

 

Ballot Papers Dispatched ​Friday 4th September 2015

Ballot Close ​​​Friday 18th September 2015 (14:00)

 

Any enquiries regarding this Letter to Branches should be addressed to the Senior Deputy General Secretary’s Department on telephone number 020 8971 7237 or email address sdgs@cwu.org.

MR PAUL SHARPE: FORMER NATIONAL CHAIRMAN 

MR PAUL SHARPE: FORMER NATIONAL CHAIRMAN 

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that Paul Sharpe of the Birmingham District Amal Branch after a long period of ill health, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning.

 

Paul served the union for many years having been active in the Union since November 1953. He became a Branch Officer in 1961 and held many other positions at branch, regional and national level.

 

He was a very well respected branch officer within the branch and also at CWU Headquarters where he was a National Chairman of the former UCW, served on the Postal Executive and on the formerly known Postal Group Management Committee and finally Paul served as a Policy Advisor to Ray Ellis. He will be sadly missed by all his friends and colleagues in the union.

 

At this sad time our thoughts are of course with Paul’s family – and close family and friends. I have on behalf of the CWU conveyed our deepest sympathy and condolences to them.

 

An additional LTB will be sent out when further information becomes available regarding funeral arrangements.

 

If you have any enquiries on this LTB, these should be addressed to the General Secretary’s Office at gsoffice@cwu.org quoting the reference GS1.3/LTB XXX/15.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

​​​ ​​

 

Dave Ward​​​​​​

General Secretary

           

National D2D Discussions

National D2D Discussions 

Branches will be aware that we have been in ongoing discussions with Royal Mail regarding D2D, looking at ways to expand the product including revised ways of working and delivering the items.

 

Last week Royal Mail confirmed that from the 24th August 2015 they would like to proceed with a ‘pilot’ in 3 postcode areas (WD-BA-KA) that removes what is termed as cold calling. In essence this means that you only deliver D2D to delivery points where you already have ‘live’ mail. This of course is contrary to the procedure for the delivery of D2D items as contained in the BT2010 Agreement. However we are aware that there are various practices taking place around the country that are outside the terms of the BT2010 Agreement, but providing the items are being delivered to specification we have taken a pragmatic view of things and not intervened.

 

The proposal from Royal Mail though is an entirely different scenario as it is the intention for this to be ‘The Standard Process’ and is based on delivering 1/6th per day Monday to Saturday but only to those addresses that have live mail, which will undoubtedly mean that all the residue D2D items for those addresses that have not received live mail will have to be delivered on Saturday in order to meet the specification and requirement of the contract. The Union has made the point that this will be very difficult to manage and will also prove unpopular with our members due to the Saturday connotation.

 

We have informed Royal Mail that we are not in a position to support any trial from the 24th August due to the late notice and implications involved. Also we are not in a position to support this particular proposal as things stand as there are questions that remain unanswered and issues that remain unresolved. We have requested a meeting this Wednesday to discuss this and other proposals to see if we can agree an acceptable way forward. In the meantime no agreement should be given to any proposal as outlined above until we have an agreed way forward at national level. Branches will be updated ASAP.

 

Any enquiries to Bob Gibson’s Office, quoting reference 230.03

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

 

Yours sincerely
Bob Gibson
COMMUNICATION WORKERS UNION 

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