2016 CWU Annual Conference – Joint Health, Safety & Environment, Equal Opportunities and Youth Departments lunchtime fringe meeting: Monday 25th April 2016: Mental Health – Time To Change

2016 CWU Annual Conference – Joint Health, Safety & Environment, Equal Opportunities and Youth Departments lunchtime fringe meeting: Monday 25th April 2016: Mental Health – Time To Change
To: All Branches
Dear Colleagues,
The Health, Safety & Environment Department, Equal Opportunities Department and Youth Department are taking the opportunity of giving early notice to CWU Annual Conference delegates of the first ever joint lunchtime fringe meeting organised for Monday 25th April 2016 at 1pm.
How common are mental illnesses in the UK?
Anxiety will affect 10% of the population

Bipolar disorder will affect one in 100

One in every 150 15-year-old girls will get anorexia, and one in every 1000 15-year-old boys

20% of people will become depressed at some point in their lives

OCD will affect 2%

Personality disorder will affect one in 10, though for some it won’t be severe

Schizophrenia will affect one in 100

One in four people are expected to experience a mental health problem.

(Source: Royal College of Psychiatrists)
Creating mentally healthy workplaces
One in four people are expected to experience a mental health problem, yet stigma and discrimination are still very common. Myths such as assuming mental illness is somehow down to a ‘personal weakness’ still exist.
Mental health problems are common – but nearly nine out of ten people who experience them say they face stigma and discrimination as a result. This can be even worse than the symptoms themselves. “Time to Change” is the nation’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.
Last Month a new report was published by “Time to Change” which addresses the steps employers can take to create mentally healthy workplaces, based on feedback from employees and national best practice. The report also considers different responsibilities of Employers and Occupational Health professionals in supporting employees with mental health problems and how they can tackle stigma, improve their workplaces and support employees with mental health problems.
The Union’s concerns regarding the need for employers to tackle work-related stress, anxiety and mental health has become a key issue, debated at CWU Conferences in recent years.
We are pleased to announce that the Guest Speaker at this year’s Annual Conference, Health, Safety & Environment, Equal Opportunities and Youth combined joint lunchtime fringe meeting: Monday 25th April 2016 will be:-
                                                Sarah Restall “Time to Change”
“Time to Change” is a Mental Health anti-stigma organisation run by the leading mental health charities “Mind” and “Rethink Mental Illness”. Sarah will deliver a presentation followed by a question and answer session.
We look forward to delegates joining us at this important meeting.
Yours sincerely                                       
Dave Joyce Linda Roy

National Health, Simon Sapper National Equal 

Safety & Environment Officer National Youth Officer Opportunities Officer
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Attachment 2 – HS Equality Youth Fringe Flier

Branch Youth Officers’ Forum, 21 June 2016, Newcastle Upon Tyne 

Branch Youth Officers’ Forum, 21 June 2016, Newcastle Upon Tyne 
Dear Colleagues, 
This is to advise current and potential Branch Youth Officers that the next Branch Youth Officers’ Forum will be taking place on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 (please note change of date due to circumstances beyond our control) at the Newcastle City Library (Berwick Room 1, Charles Avison Building, 33 New Bridge Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AX). The day will begin at 11am and should conclude no later than 4pm. Lunch will be provided. 
An agenda for the day will be issued nearer the time, but in the meantime branches are asked to encourage their Branch Youth Officer to attend – it is an important event whereby Youth Officers can network with their counterparts across the country to share and impart information and knowledge of the role. A copy of the report from the last forum is attached for the information of branches and Youth Officers. 
Branches are asked to come back to my office to confirm a place for their Youth Officer by Friday, 3 June 2016 if at all possible please. Branches will need to meet the expenses of their attendees. 
Any queries on this LTB should be directed to my office at CWU headquarters. 
Yours Sincerely,
 
Simon Sapper

National Officer

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LTB 241/16 – Branch Youth Officers’ Forum, 21 June 2016, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Branch Youth Officers Forum Report June 2015

Hashtag for Annual Conference – #CWU16

Hashtag for Annual Conference – #CWU16

Dear Colleagues,
This is just a short note to inform branches that the hashtag for this year’s Annual Conference will be #CWU16
Please use this # on all of your social media postings during the build up to and during the week of Conference. This will help all representatives and branches to engage in the event.
You can connect with the National Union Twitter accounts by following @CWUNews and @DaveWardGS
Kind regards
 
Chris Webb

Head of Communications, Engagement and Media
 

CWU Conference 2016

CWU Conference 2016
Please find attached the following:
General Conference SOC Report Supplementary No.2

Telecom and Financial Services SOC Report Supplementary No.1 (TFS Decision Document)

Telecom and Financial Services SOC Report Supplementary No.2

Postal Group Conference SOR No.3 

Branches are reminded that credentials and voting cards and any further Standing Orders Reports will be available to pick up from the registration desk in the Windsor Hall Foyer in the Bournemouth International Centre from 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm on Saturday 23rd April 2016.
Branches are also reminded that speakers cards need to be completed and returned prior to conference to enable the information to be input onto the system.
Any enquiries regarding this Letter to Branches should be addressed to Chris Tapper or sent to ctapper@cwu.org
Yours sincerely
 
 
Tony Kearns
Senior Deputy General Secretary
Email Attachments – Click to download
· LTB 235/16 – CWU Conference 2016
· TFS SOR REPORT 1
· TFSE SOR No.2 2016
· SOR No.2 2016
· SOR NO 3 2016

BRANCH ELECTION RESULTS 2016-18 Letter Section Chair

BRANCH ELECTION RESULTS 2016-18

Letter Section Chair

At the close of the Branch Ballot for the Letter Section Chair the result was as follows:

Ballot papers dispatched 1796

Ballot papers received 420

Azafad, Mohamed 51

Arif, Sim 121

Pywell, Damon 248

Spoilt 0

Therefore Damon Pywell is duly elected and will take up post immediately.

Ballot count conducted by Mark Biggs, Sub Area Delivery Rep. Amanda Hill, Branch Secretary and Richard Line, Area Safety Rep acted as scrutineers.

Any queries in relation to this matter should be addressed to Branch Secretary.

Amanda Hill Richard Line Mark Biggs

Branch Secretary Area H&S Rep Sub Area H&S Rep

PROPOSED CLOSURES OF DELIVERY OFFICES

PROPOSED CLOSURES OF DELIVERY OFFICES 

Dear Colleagues,

 

The following policy motion was carried at the CWU Policy Forum held in London 22nd/23rd March 2016:

 

That this Policy Forum recognises the link between office DO closures and Royal Mails strategy for the future of deliveries; including OMP. Therefore it is agreed that in line with recommendation 3 that no cooperation be given to the current spate of DO mergers/Closures until such time as an agreement is reached on the future of deliveries and any subsequent new pipeline/work plan except where there is an accepted Health and Safety issue and or local agreement when there are benefits to the members affected i.e. new offices.

 

This needs to be read in conjunction with recommendation 3 which states the following:

 

Recommendation 3: That no agreement is given to OMP/Single Wave until a new pipeline/workplan is agreed which embraces the spirit and intent of the above report and ensures that the delivery of letters and packets together can commence from e.g. 7am and which ensures that all deliveries are performed properly in line with our Agreements e.g. start times, equipment, tools and meal breaks.

 

In essence this means that unless there is an H&S issue and a move needs to take place for that reason(s) or there are benefits for our members such as a new and improved office and working environment then co-operation should be withdrawn and Royal Mail informed of the policy. It should be noted however that it was made clear during the debate that this policy does not apply to SPDO’s.

 

Any enquiries should be addressed to outdoorsecretary@cwu.org quoting reference 230.03.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 
Bob Gibson

CWU Assistant Secretary – Outdoor

National Joint Statement – Blue Pouch for Collections on Delivery Deployment

National Joint Statement – Blue Pouch for Collections on Delivery Deployment 

Dear Colleagues,

 

Further to LTB 39/16 and the trial of the Blue Pouch in 11 Delivery Offices to enable consideration of the practicality of the pouch and to assist in deciding whether the Blue Pouch should be extended for full National deployment.

 

The Key considerations of the trial were as follows:

1. The introduction of a Blue pouch for collectors to consolidate all collection mail collected whilst on delivery.

2. All equipment required to perform collections on delivery to be consolidated into the pouch. (keys, Route card, Route header)

3. To provide visibility in the unit that all Collections on delivery post boxes are covered on a daily basis.

 

As a result of the original trial it was agreed to expand the trial to Units still to deploy COLOD revisions (circa 100 units). 74 of those Units have now deployed COLOD revisions and the period 11 results show:

 

80%​ have beaten the Access loss target, have improved or have 0% loss

7%​ have not deployed the process as agreed​

9%​ have not yet been visited to demonstrate compliance to the process​

4%​ have loss in other areas such as 1c in 2c​

 

There has been positive feedback from frontline staff and local CWU representatives regarding the use of blue pouches for Collection on delivery.

 

Consequently we have agreed with Royal Mail, endorsed by the Postal Executive on the 5th April 2016 that the Blue Pouch can be rolled out nationally in line with the attached Joint Statement which means that the ‘Blue Pouch’ will become a standard piece of equipment that can now be used in all units still to deploy COLOD revisions. In addition to this and as part of Business As Usual (BAU) the Blue Pouch can also be deployed via regional management teams on a unit priority basis, which will be agreed locally.

 

In line with the trial all OPG’s will receive the necessary training required to adopt the use of blue pouches.

 

Any enquiries to Bob Gibson’s Office, quoting reference 532      

Email address: outdoorsecretary@cwu.org                                      

 

Yours sincerely

            

Bob Gibson

CWU Assistant Secretary  

National Joint Statement

Blue Pouch for Collections on Delivery

 

Introduction

 

In 2014 both Royal Mail & CWU agreed to deploy Collections on Delivery. This was intended to move collections from circa 45,000 low volume (less than 50 items) post boxes onto delivery routes. There have already been circa 812 Collection on Delivery revisions deployed.

 

Analysis revealed that quality of service performance for items posted into post boxes had reduced and this led to a trial of the Blue Pouch in a number of locations to see whether it helped improve/maintain quality of service and strengthen the overall process of Collections on Delivery.

 

Outcomes/Review

 

In the trial 67% of units achieved 0% loss in Period 10 and the remaining 33% showed significant improvement.

 

As a result of the initial trial it was agreed to expand the trial to Units still to deploy COLOD revisions (circa 100 units). 74 of those Units have now deployed COLOD revisions and the period 11 results show:

 

80%​ have beaten the Access loss target, have improved or have 0% loss

7%​ have not deployed the process as agreed​

9%​ have not yet been visited to demonstrate compliance to the process​

4%​ have loss in other areas such as 1c in 2c​

 

There has been positive feedback from frontline staff and local CWU representatives on the use of pouches for Collection on delivery.

 

Next steps

 

All the remaining units still to deploy COLOD revisions will include the blue pouch process and this will be facilitated by the lead planners in conjunction with CWU representatives.

 

In addition to this as part of Business As Usual (BAU) the Blue Pouch will be a standard piece of equipment to support the Collections on Delivery process. This will be deployed via regional management teams on a unit priority basis, which will be agreed locally.

 

In line with the current process all OPG’s will receive the necessary training required to adopt the use of blue pouches.

 

The training will take the form of a WTLL session, which will be taken by the Manager and the Workplace Coach. Materials to support the WTLL will be:

 

• Standard Operating Procedure / Job element sheet

• OPG Checklist

• A Blue Pouch (or similar) for all delivery routes with collection post boxes.

• Video​

 

 

 

  S Skitt

Signed Signed

Sue Skitt ​​​​​Bob Gibson

Royal Mail ​ ​CWU

 

Date: 5th April 2016

BP_COLOD CWU_RM National Joint Statement

Communications Department Fringe at Annual Conference

Sunday 24th April 1245-1400 Tregonwell Hall (Main) – Refreshments provided
The purpose of this LTB is to inform all Branches that the Communications Department will be holding a fringe meeting at Annual Conference. The fringe will give Branches the opportunity to receive a presentation on the future strategy of the union’s communications as well as the chance to contribute to the debate.
Subject matters to be discussed will include the CWU website, publications, social media, engagement, LTBs, press, videos, campaigns and Branch communications.
Further publication of this event will be available on the first morning of Conference. I look forward to seeing as many Branches as possible on the day. 
Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be directed to Marcia Murray mmurray@cwu.org
Kind Regards
 

Chris Webb
Head of Communications, Engagement and Media

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LTB 226/16 – Communications Department Fringe at Annual Conference

CWU SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY MAJOR NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION

CWU SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY MAJOR NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION
1PM SATURDAY – 16TH APRIL‎ – LONDON
The CWU and TUC affiliated unions are fully supporting the People’s Assembly’s major national demonstration for Health, Homes, Jobs & Education in London on Saturday 16th April. 
Alongside the Trade Union Bill, on each of these four issues working people are under ‎attack from the Government and it is important that the labour movement makes clear the strength of opposition to the austerity agenda. This is also an opportunity to express solidarity with junior doctors and steel-workers who will be taking part. 
I would urge all CWU Branches to make this a priority commitment and ensure their attendance at the demonstration and publicise it among CWU members as widely as possible.
The CWU has been at the forefront in calling for a new deal for workers in the UK and maximising our attendance at this demonstration is another step towards achieving this objective.
The demonstration will assemble on Gower Street at 1pm and march to Trafalgar Square. The CWU will have a bloc on the march (bloc 6) which we would ask branches to join. 
We would also encourage branches to affiliate to the People’s Assembly – the form for doing so is attached to this letter. Further information is available at http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/hhje and the flyer for Saturday’s demonstration is attached to this LTB. 
 
Yours sincerely
 
Dave Ward
General Secretary
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LTB 219-16 PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY MAJOR NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION

Attachment 1: National Demo Poster

Attachment 2: The Peoples Assembly 2016 Affiliation Form

Attachment 3: Payment Details

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