Dear Colleague, 
The department has been made aware of a payroll issue which affects approximately 400 monthly paid employees in Parcelforce Worldwide. Below is a copy of the communication from Glyn Rees, HR Services Reward RMG, which has been shared with managers that provides an explanation of the problem that has been encountered and the actions being taken to address the issue: 
“During the course of implementing the 2016 pay award in July salaries, an error has been discovered which has affected the pay of some colleagues in CWU-represented grades in Parcelforce. Whilst the pay increase has been implemented, the arrears payments back to April 2016 and overtime performed in June have not been paid to some Parcelforce employees. HR Services apologises for any inconvenience this may cause. 
In order to ensure employees are not unduly inconvenienced, Payroll will make an additional net of tax payment into employees’ bank accounts on pay day (29th July), providing an approximate additional amount of net pay (after deductions) that would have been generated if the arrears and overtime been paid through payroll as normal. This net payment will then be recovered in August salaries when the overtime and arrears will be paid through payroll subject to the usual tax and NI deductions.  
There is no need for employees to request the payment as it will be managed automatically by payroll. Similarly, unpaid overtime should not be re-keyed into PSP.” 
We would request that Branches and representatives make every effort to ensure that our members are made aware of this LTB and that it is given immediate publicity. 
Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to Davie Robertson, Assistant Secretary, e-mail: or quoting reference number: 101.08 
Yours sincerely 
Davie Robertson
Assistant Secretary
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Safe & Well – July 2016

Please see July edition of Safe and Well newsletter with contributions from our USRs and field teams including information on Fire Safety, Electrical Safety around lighting, Safety hints for Maxi Cobra Rod transportation and storage, pre-climb pole checks and dogs.
Yours sincerely
Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
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LTB 442/16 Safe & Well – July 2016


Labour Party Leadership Elections

Please find below the criteria for voting in the forthcoming leadership election.
Labour Party Leadership Election – Affiliated Supporter Sign-up

Please find below clarification on who will be able to vote in the forthcoming Labour leadership election with regards to trade union members.
CWU members who pay the political levy and have already registered as affiliated supporters are eligible to vote in the election and do not need to sign up again this time round.  

All other CWU members who pay the political levy and joined the union before 12th January 2016 can sign up as an affiliated supporter of the Labour Party in order to vote. The deadline for this is 12 noon on the 8th August. They can do so at – there will also be a page on the CWU website which will link to this shortly. 

Any CWU members who joined after 12th January will not be eligible to vote as affiliated supporters. They will, however, be able to sign up to vote as a ‘registered supporter’ as an individual by paying a one-off fee of £25 to the Labour Party. The registration process for this will run from Monday 18th July to 5pm on Wednesday 20th July only.

Finally, it should be noted that in order to register as an affiliated supporter, individuals will need to sign up to the following statement (there is an equivalent statement for registered supporters):
I support the aims and values of the Labour Party, am not a supporter of any organisation opposed to it and pay a political subscription to my trade union from which affiliation fees are paid on my behalf.
In the leadership election last year the Party did exclude some individuals who, for instance, were members of other political parties. Applications for a vote will therefore be subject to a vetting process by the Party.
It is important that you bring this information to the attention of all your Political Fund levy paying members including your Retired Members. We will give greater publicity to this issue next week on the CWU website (including the new Retired Members and Youth websites) and all CWU social media.
Yours sincerely
Dave Ward

General Secretary

PTUC Presents: An Evening with the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign

In 2016 the High Court ruled in favour of justice for the families of the Hillsborough 96. The victims were judged to be unlawfully killed due to the actions of the South Yorkshire police force.
The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign believe that the actions of the same police force during the Miners’ Strike of 1984-85, specifically at Orgreave in South Yorkshire bare a remarkable similarity to the way the Hillsborough case was handled. They continue to campaign for the Government to sanction an investigation into the events that took place on that day.
Peterborough Trades Union Council are pleased to be bringing the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign to Peterborough to speak about what happened at Orgreave and to show the documentary With Banners Held High.
The event will take place on Friday 29 July at the John Clare Theatre, Central Library, Broadway, Peterborough starting at 7pm. There is an entrance fee of £5 waged, £3 unwaged


Dear Colleague,
Branches and representatives will be aware that LTB 413/15 provided information in respect of interim arrangements across the UK (excluding NI) in regard to the introduction of an electronic process to undertake six monthly licence checks for all staff required to drive as part of their duties, which came about due to the cessation of the driving licence paper counterpart 
The business has now confirmed that following examination of alternative options, it has decided to formalise the interim arrangements (excluding NI) and that this has now become the adopted process for RMG’s licence checks.
For the information of Branches the following attachments to this document are copies of the processes that should be used to:
Attachment 1: How to obtain a code by the licence holder
Attachment 2: How to use the code to perform a licence check (note that the code does not now expire after 72 hours but lasts for 21 days)  
Attachment 3: Instruction on how to record licence details.
On the introduction of the interim arrangements in 2015, concern had been raised with Headquarters that as managers had access to the required information, that they may be able to obtain a code and undertake a licence check without the drivers consent or knowledge. Representation was made to the business on this basis and we have been informed that guidance on performing the licence check with the driver’s permission will be reissued when each of the six monthly checks is instigated.      
If any instances of deviation from the process are experienced in relation to licence checks it should be brought to the attention of the relevant department immediately.
The revised licence check arrangements will also apply to driving licence checks for Parcelforce Worldwide drivers.
Branches should note however that these arrangements do not apply to Northern Ireland, where the process is that the counterpart and card continue to be checked, as these are still used for driver licencing.
Branches and representatives are requested to ensure that our members are made aware of this LTB and its annexes.
Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to:
For Deliveries:
Bob Gibson, Assistant Secretary, e-mail quoting reference: 300.02
For Network, Area Distribution, RMSS & Parcelforce:
Davie Robertson, Assistant Secretary, e-mail: or quoting reference number: 202.09
Yours sincerely
Davie Robertson Bob Gibson
Assistant Secretary Assistant Secretary
Email Attachments – Click to download

Attachment 1 Drivers- How to Share Your Driving Licence Details (2)

Attachment 2 FCA 4 2 1 Driving Licence Inspection Record 2016

Attachment 3 FCA 4 2 1a Driver licence check process 2016


I write further to LTB 421/16 in which I advised branches of the very sad passing of Paul O’Donnell, former Branch Secretary of the London Parcels and Stations Amal Branch.
I can now advise branches that the funeral arrangements will take place as follows:-
The cortège will leave the family home at 1.30 p.m.; 16 Rydston Close, Blundell Street, London N7 9DL. The family has requested that floral tributes be sent to this address.
DATE: Friday 22nd July 2016

TIME: 2 p.m.

PLACE: St Andrews Church

ADDRESS: Thornhill Square London N1 1BQ

The location is just off the Caledonian Road, about a 10/15 minute walk from Caledonian Road tube station.
The funeral will be followed by a short service at Finchley Crematorium, 278 High Road N2 9AG. 
If you have any enquiries on this LTB, these should be addressed to the General Secretary’s Office at quoting the reference GS1.1/LTB 439/16.
Yours sincerely
Dave Ward
General Secretary
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Statutory Maximum Working Temperature Campaign – House of Commons Early Day Motion (EDM) 344:

Early Day Motion (EDM) 344:
To: All Branches
Dear Colleagues,
An early day motion has been put down in the House of Commons supporting the TUC campaign for a maximum legal working temperature in the workplace.
All Union National Health and Safety Officers met at TUC HQ recently to discuss this and other key issues following ‘Brexit’. It was agreed that it would be good to get a large number of MP signatures across all parties, to support the campaign led by the TUC and a number of Unions including the CWU.
The Early Day Motion is as follows:-
Session: 2016-17

Date tabled: 18.07.2016

Primary sponsor: Ian Mearns MP.
“That this House notes that workers in the UK lack adequate legal safeguards from working in uncomfortably high temperatures, owing to the lack of a statutory maximum temperature at which employers would have to introduce control measures, such as breaks, access to water or air conditioning; further notes that this would correct an anomaly in current legislation where a legal minimum working temperature exists, but a corresponding upper limit does not exist in statute; appreciates that excessive heat in the workplace is responsible for heat stress and thermal discomfort, and can impact seriously on health, well-being and productivity; recognises that this is a matter of concern for workers in a wide range of workplaces including offices, schools, shops, bakeries, vehicles, trains, call-centres, theatres and construction sites; and calls on the Government to adopt the recommendations of the TUC and joint union Cool It campaign to introduce into law a maximum working temperature of 30 degrees Celsius or 27 degrees Celsius for those doing strenuous work, beyond which employers would have a statutory duty to introduce effective control measures.”
So far 8 MPs from 4 political parties have signed the EDM. Branches and Health and Safety Reps are requested to approach local MPs in the Branch Area requesting that they sign the EDM.
The TUC is calling on all Employers to help staff cope with the heatwave so staff can work through the heatwave as comfortably as possible.


With temperatures currently hitting the mid-30’s Celsius in the UK this week, the launch of EDM 344 is very timely.
For many years the TUC, CWU and many major Trade Unions have been pushing for a change in the UK’s health and safety regulations to introduce a new maximum indoor work temperature. The TUC wants this set at 30C or 27C for those doing strenuous jobs – with employers obliged to adopt cooling measures when the workplace temperature hits 24C.
Where people are working outdoors, employers should consider reviewing working times so that, where possible, work is performed outside peak sunlight and temperature periods in the middle of the day and otherwise providing breaks, water and sun protection when temperatures are highest.
The TUC says that this week employers can help their staff by working with their Trade Unions to examine and look at how best to minimise risks.
Working in sweltering conditions can be unbearable and dangerous. Apart from members working in buildings without effective ventilation and air conditioning which is intolerable, we have Postal Workers performing outside manual work in the hottest part of the day.

Employers and managers should ensure that staff are protected as far as is reasonably practicable. I’m not convinced that this is currently the case and I have today raised concerns with the Royal Mail Chief Operating Officer.
To keep work cool, the TUC would like to see employers:-
• Relax formal dress codes and allow staff with formal attire e.g. jackets and ties to be allowed to wear short sleeves, vest tops and shorts.

• Ensure that outdoor workers are supplied with sun-screen and water and are given advice on the need to protect themselves from the heat and sun.

• Distribute fans to indoor staff and provide portable air cooling cabinets.

• Install and maintain air conditioning systems, ensuring that it doesn’t break down during a heatwave.

• Allow more flexible working so that staff can have the option of coming in earlier and staying later to avoid the sweltering conditions of the rush hour commute.

• Move desks away from windows, draw blinds or install reflective film.

• Allow staff to take frequent breaks and provide a ready supply of cool drinks.
Although the current Health and Safety Law states that staff should work in a reasonable temperature, there is no legal maximum.
Employees are not expected to work when the temperature drops below 16C (or 13C if they are doing physically demanding work), but there are no similar restrictions for when the workplace becomes too hot.
The TUC would like to see the law changed so there is an absolute indoor maximum of 30C, with employers forced to introduce cooling measures when the temperature hits 24C.
The TUC’s advice on how to handle working through a heatwave is attached.
Yours sincerely


Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
Email Attachments – Click to download
Attachment 1 – 16LTB437 Statutory Maximum Working Temperature Campaign – House of Commons Early Day Motion (EDM) 344.

Attachment 2 – Summer Heat


Dear Colleagues
Branches and members will be aware we submitted a pay claim on 6th January for a one-year unconditional pay increase for Crown members of at least 1.9%, to achieve parity with year three of the three year pay agreement reached in December 2014 for members working in Admin & Supply Chain.
After much procrastination on the part of the Post Office, an improved offer was finally received on 14th July this offer is as follows
a 1.9% pay rise on basic pay, overtime rates and all pensionable allowances including London Weighting fully backdated to 1st April 2016

One major condition was placed on the pay offer as follows:
The offer above is contingent on the acceptance that the Christmas Eve Opening Hours dispute is resolved with immediate effect with the union accepting the position of the Post Office (this would mean a 16:00 closure on Christmas Eve going forward).
Rejection of the Conditional Pay Offer
As the prospect of a Post Office wide dispute becomes increasingly likely, it is totally inappropriate and outwith conference policy to agree a condition which has absolutely nothing to do with pay. The Post Office is simply being opportunistic and should instead seek to resolve the Christmas opening hours issue in a completely separate negotiation. As a consequence, the Postal Executive yesterday unanimously rejected this conditional offer.
The Christmas conditionality is principally unacceptable, especially given the Unite pay agreement for managers reached just last week which was also a 1.9% pay increase from the pay date of 1st June 2016 with absolutely no strings attached.
Last Friday we consulted with the Territorial and Area Representatives and the overall consensus amongst these Reps is supportive of the reject position.
Next Steps
Following the Postal Executive’s decision, we have written to the Post Office to formally reject the pay offer due to the conditionality around Christmas opening hours.
We have advised The Post Office
Any further developments will be reported to Branches and Crown members as appropriate.  
Andy Furey 
Assistant Secretary
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LTB436/16 – Post Office: Crown Office Pay 2016 – Update

To East of England CLP Secretaries and Chairs, MPs and MEP, Labour Group Leaders and Secretaries, and members of the Regional Board 

To East of England CLP Secretaries and Chairs, MPs and MEP, Labour Group Leaders and Secretaries, and members of the Regional Board 



As you are aware a contest for the leadership of the Labour Party will take place. For your information, I wanted to highlight the procedures for the contest and further information regarding the reasons for suspension of meetings, which was circulated recently to CLP Secretaries (see below). 


From a CLP point of view, the key part of the process is the CLP supporting nomination. The procedures for organising and running supporting nomination meetings are available to download in the email below. Please note that your CLP does not need to make a supporting nomination, but if they wish to do so, the CLP should follow these procedures. CLP officers should feel free to share with us their plan for their CLP’s nomination meeting so we can support them in ensuring the process is followed correctly and you are comfortable with the procedures.


Any queries at all please get in touch with me or the team by email or on 01279 625860.


Best wishes,




Cameron Scott

Regional Director

East of England Labour Party





Dear Constituency Labour Party Secretary,
I am writing to inform you that the National Executive Committee (NEC) has agreed the timetable for the election of the Leader of the Labour Party.
Today, there has been a further meeting of the Procedures Committee, established by the NEC, to oversee the contest. They agreed the remaining papers and procedures for the leadership election.
The election will conclude with a Leadership Conference on 24 September 2016 at which the results will be declared.
The following documentation can be downloaded at

A – Procedural guidelines, including balloting arrangements, and timetable for the election of Leader

B – Candidate code of conduct

C – Data protection

E – Guidelines for the conduct of Leadership debates

F – CLP supporting nomination guidelines
CLP meetings

In recent months there has been a marked increase in reports of intimidation and threatening behaviour taking place at party meetings. Whilst the NEC recognises that the majority of our members hold vigorous yet collegiate meetings, the NEC has a duty of care for individuals who feel that their safety is threatened. It was therefore saddened to have to take the decision to suspend all normal party meetings at CLP and branch level until the completion of the leadership election.
However, in recognition that there is some essential business which must be agreed by CLPs, the NEC has made a number of exceptions to this suspension while this timetable is in place. If there are any queries, please contact your Regional Director/General Secretary who will be able to provide guidance.
Meetings able to go ahead as agreed by the NEC include those:

• Meetings solely for the purpose of making a supporting nomination in the leadership contest and for essential Annual Conference business

• Campaign planning meetings for by-elections or devolved mayor campaigns

• Any other meetings (such as Executive Committee meetings or social or fundraising events) with the explicit permission of the Regional Director/General Secretary

Meetings which go ahead under these exceptions will not consider ordinary motions or other business, except as explicitly agreed by the Regional Director/General Secretary. This means any CLP meeting already scheduled should be postponed until after the completion of the leadership election. This will be with immediate effect.
Supporting nominations

As you may know, each CLP and affiliated organisation is entitled to cast a supporting nomination for the position of Leader. The supporting nomination process opens at 5pm on Wednesday 20 July and supporting nominations must be received by 12 noon on Monday 15 August. Download your Supporting Nomination Guidelines here.
The MP and MEP nomination process opens on Monday 18 July and candidates, except the incumbent Leader, will require the support of 20 per cent of MPs and MEPs to go forward to the ballot. The Procedures Committee will declare all validly nominated candidates for Leader on Wednesday 20 July.
CLPs supporting nomination will be recorded on the website once received and in the candidate booklet enclosed with the ballot mailing.
One Person, One Vote

Since the adoption of the Collins Review at the Special Conference on 1 March 2014, Leadership Elections are conducted on a One Person, One Vote basis.
The Collins Review also established voting rights for Registered and Affiliate Supporters, as long as they are on the electoral register in the UK, support Labour’s aims and values and are not members or supporters of other political parties or organisations.

As is standard with Labour Party selections procedures, members who joined the party at least six months prior to the freeze date will be eligible to vote. This means those who joined the party on or before 12 January 2016 will receive a ballot.
Members who are in arrears with their membership subscriptions must pay those arrears in full by 12 noon on Monday 8 August to be eligible to vote. Any member in arrears after this date will not receive a ballot paper. People can pay any arrears online by visiting or by calling 0345 092 2299.
Registered Supporters

Registered Supporters who pay a fee of £25 will be able to sign up online from 5pm Monday 18 July at The deadline for Registered Supporters to sign up is 5pm on Wednesday 20 July.
Affiliated Supporters

Tuesday 12 January is the last date to have joined the Labour Party or an affiliated organisation (Trade Unions and social societies) in order to vote in the leadership election. Affiliated organisations will have until Monday 8 August to submit new and updated affiliated supporters lists. The last date to register as an affiliated supporter is 12 noon on Monday 8 August.


The Labour Party will organise debates with the candidates. Dates and details of how you can take part will be available shortly on our website at

Leadership Conference

The results of the election for Leader of the Labour Party will be declared on Saturday 24 September. The Leadership Conference will be open to all delegates and ex-offico members already registered for Annual Conference at no extra cost. Due to space restrictions, however, delegate and ex-officio members places will only be held if you have registered to attend by Friday 9 September. Registration will open shortly on the Labour Party website.

Membership lists and data protection

Many people, including elected representatives, have access to Labour Party membership data to conduct the legitimate business associated with their role. I would like to remind everyone that on no account should data be given to other persons or organisations. It is particularly important during the leadership contest that no-one can be accused of misusing Labour Party membership data. No-one misusing data in this way will be supported in any case brought against them by the Information Commissioner and they may also be subject to Labour Party disciplinary procedures.
The NEC has agreed a moratorium on any access to membership lists by any office holder save for normal membership procedures.

Bullying, intimidation and harassment

No abuse of any kind by members or supporters will be tolerated in the Labour Party. All members and supporters must conduct themselves in a calm and polite manner and be respectful to each other at all times.
If you become aware of abusive behaviour from any member towards any other member, or if you yourself are subject to abusive behaviour, please let us know the details (such as names, specifics of incident, and any other details that may help) so that we can investigate. You can do this by emailing
Yours sincerely
Iain McNicol

General Secretary

New Government Minister Responsible for Health and Safety Appointment:

The Prime Minister has confirmed the appointment of Penny Mordaunt MP as the new Government Minister responsible for Health and Safety.
The full title of the role is “Minister of State for Disabled People, Health & Work” and the full list of the Minister’s responsibilities is:-
Oversight of the Health & Safety Executive & Office for Nuclear Regulation

Cross-government disability issues

Disability employment/halving the disability employment gap, including Disability Confident, Work Choice, Access to Work, the Work & Health Programme and mental health in the workplace

Support for those at risk of falling out of work, including Fit For Work and Statutory Sick Pay

Financial support for sick and disabled claimants, including within Universal Credit, DLA/PIP, ESA, AA, IIDB and CA

Specific welfare/health-related issues, including Mesothelioma Payment Scheme, Motability

DWP/DH Joint Work and Health Unit sponsor

Penny Mordaunt has been the MP for Portsmouth North since 2010. From July 2014 she was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government. In May 2015 she was appointed Minister of State for the Armed Forces at the Ministry of Defence. On 15 July 2016 she was appointed Minister of State for the Department for Work and Pensions.
Penny Mordaunt was elected Conservative MP for Portsmouth North in 2010. She was educated at Oaklands RC Comprehensive School and at Reading University where she read Philosophy. She worked for Conservative Central Office, becoming Head of Broadcasting under William Hague. In 2000 she served as Head of Foreign Press for George W. Bush’s presidential election campaign.
In Parliament, Penny served on the European Scrutiny Committee, Defence Select Committee, and as chairman of the APPGs for Life Science and for Ageing and Older People. In autumn 2013 she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon. Philip Hammond MP. She served as Minister of State for the Armed Forces from May 2015 until July 2016. Outside Politics Penny Mordaunt has worked as an aid worker in post-revolutionary Romania before and during university. She was director of communications at Kensington & Chelsea Council and the Freight Transport Association and was a director of Diabetes UK, the Community Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. In 2004 she founded a media company, which she sold in 2010.
The Department of Work and Pensions Ministerial portfolio is attached.
Yours sincerely
Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
Email Attachments – Click to download
Attachment 1 – 16LTB434 New Government Minister Responsible for Health and Safety Appointment


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