ELECTION OF NATIONAL DELEGATIONS – 2016 Wales TUC  

ELECTION OF NATIONAL DELEGATIONS – 2016 
Wales TUC         

The NEC has agreed the 2016 election arrangements for the National delegations listed above. Accordingly please find enclosed the regulations and nomination forms for these elections.
 
The details of the Conferences are as follows: 
Wales TUC / 24 – 26 May 2016, Llandudno, Wales 

 
The Timetable for the elections is: 
      Nominations open: 2 February 2016
      Nominations close: 16 February 2016 (14:00)
      Despatch ballot papers: 19 February 2016
      Ballot closes: 4 March 2016 (14:00)
 
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
 
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LTB 057/16 – Election of National Delegations 2016 – Wales TUC

Attachment 1 – Wales TUC 2016 – Regulations

Attachment 2 – Wales TUC 2016 Nomination Forms

Attachment 3 – Wales TUC – Candidate Consent & Biographical Details

ELECTION OF NATIONAL DELEGATIONS – 2016 

ELECTION OF NATIONAL DELEGATIONS – 2016 
STUC         

The NEC has agreed the 2016 election arrangements for the National delegations listed above. Accordingly please find enclosed the regulations and nomination forms for these elections.
 
The details of the Conferences are as follows: 
STUC / 18 – 20 April 2016, Dundee, Scotland

  
The Timetable for the elections is: 
      Nominations open: 2 February 2016
      Nominations close: 16 February 2016 (14:00)
      Despatch ballot papers: 19 February 2016
      Ballot closes: 4 March 2016 (14:00)
 
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
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LTB 056/16 – Election of National Delegations 2016 – STUC

Attachment 1 – STUC 2016 – Regulations

Attachment 2 – STUC 2016 – Nomination Forms

Attachment 3 – STUC 2016 – Candidates Consent & Biographical Details

RE: Fleet & Maintenance Services – Territorial Representatives 2016

RE: Fleet & Maintenance Services – Territorial Representatives 2016
Election of:
Further to LTB 017/16 dated 13 January 2016, at the close of nominations at 14.00 on 29 January 2016 the following were received:
West Territory
Andrew Austin Greater Mersey & South West Lancs *Elected
East Territory
Peter Concannon London Regional MT *Elected
North Territory
Crawford Johnstone Scotland MT Branch *Elected
Network Territory
Michael Nicholson Midlands MT Branch *Elected
Technical Territory
Michael Purnell S.E Wales Amal *Elected
Any enquiries to PTCS office, quoting reference PTC/RE/dj/238. 

Email address: djeffery@cwu.org
Yours sincerely
 
Ray Ellis,
Assistant Secretary

RE: Romec: Joint Review of Pay Processing

RE: Romec: Joint Review of Pay Processing
Please find attached to this LTB a joint statement concerning a review of pay processes carried out by Romec and the CWU.
The review came about as the result of queries concerning pensionability of elements of pay from a number of CWU members. This revealed wider payroll discrepancies leading to a joint review of payroll.
Branches and reps will wish to note the agreed steps being taken to resolve the problem going forward and address any under / over payments.
Romec and CWU have agreed the right amount due for each element of pay, including overtime and any allowances and the conditions attached to each of these elements. All this will be included in a pay compendium which will be published so people can check it if they wish.

Romec and CWU have reconfirmed which elements of pay are counted towards pension for our various pension schemes.

Where current employees are being paid less than they are due on an ongoing basis, their pay will be adjusted to the right level.

Where people are currently being paid more than they are due, their pay will be adjusted to the right level going forward.

We have agreed and implemented new procedures to ensure that any changes to pay in the future are accurately captured and calculated so that people can be confident their pay remains accurate going forward.

It was agreed to review individual earnings back to April 2008. This has identified some under and over payments. It has been agreed that Romec will make a lump sum payment to make good any underpayment, and they will not recover any overpayment. Anyone whose pay will change as a result of this exercise will be written to individually by Romec.
The next phase of the joint review will deal with a resolution to pension issues arising from payroll discrepancies.
Romec is dealing directly with HMRC who have confirmed that there will no requirement for individuals to contact them directly in relation to any changes arising out of this review.
Any enquiries relating to Engineering and Admin Grades should be addressed to PTCS department, quoting reference PTC/RE/dj/301. 

Email address: djeffery@cwu.org
Any enquiries relating to Cleaning Grades should be addressed to Outdoor department, quoting reference: 120.12

Email address: outdoorsecretary@cwu.org
Yours sincerely

Ray Ellis Bob Gibson           
Assistant Secretary Assistant Secretary
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LTB 052/16 – Romec: Joint Review of Pay Processing

Attachment 1 – Joint Review Pay Processes

Post Office: Your Views Count Survey

Post Office: Your Views Count Survey
I wish to bring to the attention of Branches, Representatives and members, the Post Office are holding a Your Views Count survey throughout February with the closing date being 26th February. It is conducted by an external and independent company Hay Group.
The outcome of the survey cannot be underestimated as Post Office senior management see the results as very significant and use the engagement scores as a measure to highlight to the Government how they have won the hearts and minds of their workforce promoting high scores as an endorsement of their leadership. Their own document describes the survey as ‘a vital management tool that measures our impact as leaders on our people’; and Paula Vennells, Chief Executive, in her statement contained in the Annual Report & Accounts 2014/15, said the following:
“…improved engagement with our people is also a key part of our strategy. And so it was heartening in a tough year that engagement scores in the business rose by 4 points in 2015 to 62%”
The current backdrop to this survey, with the recent announcement of further Crown Office franchising, job losses arising from workplace closures within Supply Chain and Admin units, gives our members the opportunity to have their voices heard and documented. Therefore it is important that members are encouraged to complete the survey in an honest and candid way.
Members must complete the survey online using where necessary the line manager’s computer so there will be members that may feel concerned with regards to confidentiality and therefore may be reluctant to be upfront. Also previously it has been reported that managers have completed the survey on behalf of members by calling out the questionnaire whilst completing the electronic form themselves. This is unacceptable and any attempt to replicate this course of action should be reported to the Area Representative as this practice could easily be seen as a blatant attempt to dilute any negative feedback.
Branches are asked to encourage members to complete the survey honestly and openly and also reassure them that the survey is confidential and anonymous and nobody within the Post Office will have access to individual responses.
If you have any queries in regard to this LTB, please contact Lea Sheridan lsheridan@cwu.org or 020 8971 7361

Yours sincerely
Andy Furey
Assistant Secretary
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LTB 050/16 Post Office: Your Views Count Survey

POST OFFICE: ELECTION OF VACANT REPRESENTATIVE POSITIONS

POST OFFICE: ELECTION OF VACANT REPRESENTATIVE POSITIONS
Further to LTB 012/16 dated 8th January 2016, at the close of nominations today the following were received:
 
Regional Health & Safety Representative
Garrie Bond Romford Amal *Elected
  
Crown Deputy Area Representatives
AREA 3 Laura Conlon Newcastle Amal *Elected
AREA 4 Alan Robert Pryce Birmingham District Amal *Elected
AREA 5 Tracy Pier Eastern No 4 *Elected
AREA 6 Cathy Chilcott Bristol & District Amal *Elected
  
Supply Chain Deputy Area Representative
North Area
No nominations received.
  
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

CWU NATIONAL BRIEFING 27 JANUARY – TRADE UNION BILL 

CWU NATIONAL BRIEFING 27 JANUARY – TRADE UNION BILL 

 
Further to LTB028/16 please find attached an Agenda, a Reps Briefing on the Trade Union Bill and the campaign against this in advance of tomorrow’s meeting at the TUC. 
As also stated in LTB028/16 please note, the briefing will commence at midday with teas and coffees to be served from 11:30am. 
Any enquiries on this LTB should be directed to the gsoffice@cwu.org.    
Yours sincerely                                          
 
Dave Ward

General Secretary
   
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LTB 046/16 – CWU NATIONAL BRIEFING 27 JANUARY – TRADE UNION BILL

Attachment 1: Final Agenda – National Briefing

Attachment 2 04840 Trade Union Bill Overview A4

Long Term Fatigue Study – Final Report & Recommendations

Long Term Fatigue Study – Final Report & Recommendations
                                                                             
Further to LTB 293/13 Branches and CWU Representatives will be aware of the Long Term fatigue Study that has been jointly carried out over the last 3 years in a number of delivery offices. The report has now been concluded and is attached to this LTB. The report contained recommendations which have now been discussed with Royal Mail and the way forward/actions are listed below. 
Recommendation:
Further investigation of the national increase in absence due to musculoskeletal disorders should be carried out and this is already included in the health & safety wellbeing plan for 2015/16. 
Action:
This clearly requires further work and for continuity should involve Corrine Parsons and Mick Gledhill. 
Recommendation:
Breaks should be taken during the duty and not scheduled at the end. Individuals should be encouraged to take their due breaks and drink during their duty and to allow this the availability of toilet facilities on routes should be reviewed and arrangements made where there are problems.
 Action:
This is the responsibility of the Delivery Director and the Outdoor Secretary. The Delivery Programme Group (DPG) will have the responsibility to come up with a strategy to deploy this. It will also form part of the talks on the future of delivery. 
Recommendation:
More visibility of the variations between planned and actual outdoor times should be obtained and the reason for this investigated to ensure that workload and lapsing/absorption arrangements result in fair and achievable workloads for individuals.
Action:
This will become the responsibility of the Integrated Delivery Programme to identify and agree a process for dealing with this 
Recommendation:
If further extension of outdoor spans is proposed a break with access to toilet facilities on the route will be essential during the outdoor work. It appears that access to shelter as refuge from inclement weather and a place to take a break is beneficial to enhance well-being; the provision of (shared) vans has increased access to such shelter. Assessment of the physical workload for potential future duties will be necessary during design and early deployment of the individual methods and duty structures, with adaptations to methods/equipment as appropriate to enable longer spans for our people. 
Action:
This will form part of the talks on the future of delivery. 
Recommendation:
A study is recommended to review the most effective way to plan shared van routes and deliver large parcels. It should look at how many parking stops people make when using light pouches versus the planned loop stops with the use of trolleys to understand any differences in efficiency and other benefits/issues of the ways of working. 
Action:
This is outside of the remit of the Fatigue Study but does need further discussion. This will fall under the remit of the DPG and will also be factored into the future of delivery talks.  
Finally the department would like to place on record its thanks to Corrine Parsons Royal Mail and Mick Gledhill CWU ASR for their involvement in this study and their invaluable input into the final report. 
Any enquiries to Bob Gibson’s Office, quoting reference 600
Email address: outdoorsecretary@cwu.org
Yours sincerely
 
Bob Gibson

CWU Assistant Secretary
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LTB 041/16 – Long Term Fatigue Study – Final Report & Recommendations

Attachment 1 Long Term Study of the Delivery Role

ULRs – Delivering Learning – Bournemouth

ULRs – Delivering Learning – Bournemouth
 This new two day short ULR course has been developed to meet changing circumstances in education funding. It is specifically aimed at ULRs who have done stage 1 of their ULR training but have not managed to complete their stage 2. Due to funding changes both parts of our current ULR course now have to be completed within the same academic year. This short course has been designed to enable ULRs who have not done their stage 2 to look more closely at delivering learning in the current learning climate.
 The course looks at:
 Delivering Learning and Supporting Learners
Learning Agreements
Funding for Learning
Presentation Skills
Meeting Skills
Self-Organisation
Dates and Venue
 We have been able to secure ULF funding to support accommodation costs. 
Monday 14th – Wednesday 16th March 2016 – The Elstead Hotel, Bournemouth

Who is this course aimed at?
 ULRs who have done their ULR 1 since 2009 but who have not attended a ULR 2. (Please note this does not include ULRs who have done their ULR 1 since July 2015, they should apply for the ULR 2 being held at Alvescot between the 27th June and the 1st July 2016.)
Release
 Paid release for ULR training is legislated for. For further information please refer to our guide to ULR release at http://www.cwueducation.org or via our online support for ULRs – Left Click link here http://leftclick.cwu.org/course/view.php?id=89
 

To Book your Place
 The Branch will have to approve applications, so ULRs should contact their Branch Secretary to ask for an application form. The closing date for applications will be Monday 22nd of February. This is to enable students to have time to organise release to attend the course.
Expenses
 If your Branch nominates you for this course they will usually cover your travel and subsistence costs and release costs from work if applicable. This can vary, so always check with your Branch Secretary in advance.
 Completed application forms should be addressed to: Trish Lavelle, Head of Education and Training, CWU Education and Training Centre, Alvescot Lodge, Alvescot, Bampton, Oxon, OX18 2PY, faxed to 01993 840960, or emailed to mtodd@cwu.org
 Yours sincerely,
 
 Trish Lavelle
Head of Education and Training