CWU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Conference – Wednesday 9th November 2016

CWU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Conference – Wednesday 9th November 2016
The CWU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Conference will be held on Wednesday 9th November 2016 at the Mercure Leicester, The Grand Hotel, Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6ES
Creche Facilities/Prayer Rooms/Seating
In order that we can cater for any delegate(s) with special needs such as seating, it is
important that you advise us in writing of the name of the delegate(s) and the particular requirement by return but no later than Tuesday 18th October 2016.
Crèche facilities will be available to delegates during the Conference and Branches should advise the SDGS Department in writing, by return, but no later than Tuesday 18th October 2016 if they require the use of this facility. Please ensure that the names and ages of the children, together with an appropriate address for sending the crèche form to for completion are included in this advice. It will not be possible to provide on the spot facilities to those delegates who have not informed us in advance.
Motions
Each Branch is entitled to submit one motion for consideration to be included on the agenda of the Conference. Motions should be submitted electronically to conferences@cwu.org using the template attached. Branches who do not have this facility may request paper motion forms by contacting Angela Niven on 020 8971 7256.
The LGBT Advisory Committee are entitled to submit up to three motions to the conference standing in their name.
Each Regional Equality Committee are entitled to submit one motion to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality Conference.
Motion forms must be returned by midnight on Tuesday 18th October 2016. All sections of the form must be completed.
Branches and the Advisory Committee are reminded that the Standing Orders Committee will not alter or amend any of the motions submitted therefore it is important that motions are checked before they are submitted.
Motion forms must be returned by midnight on Tuesday 18th October 2016. All sections of the form must be completed.
As with previous Equality Conferences, the agenda will be structured in such a way as to maximise debate and participation by delegates. There will be two sections to the agenda, one for motions which are eligible for consideration for submission to General Conference, and one for motions that in the view of the Standing Orders Committee would not be admissible to the General Conference agenda.
Branches will be aware that with the carriage of Composite Rule Amendment 126 at General Conference 2013, the LGBT Conference has the entitlement under the rules of the union to submit two motions to stand in the name of the conference to General Conference and one motion to the Postal Group and Telecoms Industry Conferences. It is therefore important that if branches wish their motions to be considered for General Conference they must contain policy that is capable of being discharged by the NEC, as opposed to either of the Industrial Executives.
As with previous Equality Conferences, the motions for submission to the General Conference, Postal Group and Telecoms Industry agenda will be decided from amongst those motions adopted at the Conference. A ballot to select the motions will be held at the Conference and further information will be contained within the conference standing orders.
Please note that all correspondence must be sent to conferences@cwu.org and no other personal email address.
Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to Angela Niven either by post to head office or by email to conferences@cwu.org
Yours sincerely,
 
A P Kearns
Senior Deputy General Secretary
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LTB 507/16 – CWU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Conference – Wednesday 9th November 2016

LGBT – Guidance Notes

LGBT – Motion Form

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CWU Women’s Conference – Tuesday 8th November 2016

CWU Women’s Conference – Tuesday 8th November 2016
The CWU Women’s Conference will be held on Tuesday 8th November 2016 at the Mercure Leicester, The Grand Hotel, Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6ES
 
Creche Facilities/Prayer Rooms/Seating 
In order that we can cater for any delegate(s) with special needs such as seating, it is
important that you advise us in writing of the name of the delegate(s) and the particular requirement by return but no later than Tuesday 18th October 2016.
Crèche facilities will be available to delegates during the Conference and Branches should advise the SDGS Department in writing, by return, but no later than Tuesday 18th October 2016 if they require the use of this facility. Please ensure that the names and ages of the children, together with an appropriate address for sending the crèche form to for completion are included in this advice. It will not be possible to provide on the spot facilities to those delegates who have not informed us in advance.
Motions
Each Branch is entitled to submit one motion for consideration to be included on the agenda of the Conference. Motions should be submitted electronically to conferences@cwu.org using the template attached. Branches who do not have this facility may request paper motion forms by contacting Angela Niven on 020 8971 7256.
The Women’s Advisory Committee are entitled to submit up to three motions to the conference standing in their name.
Each Regional Women’s Committee are entitled to submit one motion to the Women’s Equality Conference.
Each Regional Equality Committee are entitled to submit one motion to the Women’s conference.
Branches and the Advisory Committee are reminded that the Standing Orders Committee will not alter or amend any of the motions submitted therefore it is important that motions are checked before they are submitted.
Motion forms must be returned by midnight on Tuesday 18th October 2016. All sections of the form must be completed.
As with previous Equality Conferences, the agenda will be structured in such a way as to maximise debate and participation by delegates. There will be two sections to the agenda, one for motions which are eligible for consideration for submission to General Conference, and one for motions that in the view of the Standing Orders Committee would not be admissible to the General Conference agenda.
Branches will be aware that with the carriage of Composite Rule Amendment 126 at General Conference 2013, the Women’s Conference has the entitlement under the rules of the union to submit two motions to stand in the name of the conference to General Conference and one motion to the Postal Group and Telecoms Industry Conferences. It is therefore important that if branches wish their motions to be considered for General Conference they must contain policy that is capable of being discharged by the NEC, as opposed to either of the Industrial Executives.
As with previous Equality Conferences, the motions for submission to the General Conference, Postal Group and Telecoms Industry agenda will be decided from amongst those motions adopted at the Conference. A ballot to select the motions will be held at the Conference and further information will be contained within the conference standing orders.
Please note that all correspondence must be sent to conferences@cwu.org and no other personal email address.
Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to Angela Niven either by post to head office or by email to conferences@cwu.org
Yours sincerely,
 
 
A P Kearns
Senior Deputy General Secretary
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LTB 506/16 – CWU Women’s Conference

Motion Form

Guidance Notes

Stop it You’re Killing Us” Post Card to Prime Minister Theresa May Campaign:

Further to LTB 475/2016 entitled “EU Referendum Result – Where are We Now on Health and Safety Laws and the Future of the UK Health and Safety System Post British Exit of the EU” on the dangers to health and safety laws, standards, controls and protections for workers in the UK, The ‘Hazards Campaign’ launched the “Stop it you’re killing us” Post Card to Prime Minister 

Theresa May campaign at the recent 2016 Hazards Conference and all Trade Unions have been asked to promote the campaign by asking people to send a postcard to the Prime Minister.
The CWU Health, Safety & Environment department has agreed to set the Union a target of getting 1000 Postcards sent to No 10 Downing Street and these are being distributed with 100 Postcards each to the 10 Regional Health and Safety Forums, requesting that all Safety Reps throughout the Country obtain a number of the Postcards from the Regional H&S Forum Secretary, send off a Postcard and get other Reps, Officers and Members in their Branches to complete and post off the Cards also.
Hazards tell us that so far they have sent out 4,000 Postcards – CWU has now made that 5,000 but we need Reps to respond and action the request, supporting the campaign.
The Postcards (copy attached) read as follows:-
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“Dear Prime Minister
We warmly welcome your determination

to tackle inequalities across society.
One of the most damaging inequalities is

in occupational health and safety, which 

contributes greatly to the mortality and

morbidity gulf between rich and poor.
Effective regulation and strict enforcement

of safety laws saves lives. Please do not

neglect them.
Use ‘Brexit’ to improve not erode health

and safety protection for all workers.”
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Please tell Prime Minister Theresa May to ‘Stop it, you’re killing us’, it is a crime to neglect safety at work’ by sending her the Postcard 
Thank you for your support.
Those Reps or Branches wishing to obtain their own supply of Postcards can get them from the following:-
Hilda Palmer 

National Hazards Campaign

Windrush Millennium Centre

70 Alexandra Road

Manchester

M16 7WD

Email: info@hazardscampaign.org.uk

Tel: 0161 636 7557

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LTB 504/16 “Stop it You’re Killing Us” Post Card to Prime Minister Theresa May Campaign:

16LTB504 Postcard

ELECTION OF NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE POSITIONS – 2016

ELECTION OF NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE POSITIONS – 2016
CWU Youth Committee  

The NEC has agreed the 2016 election arrangements for the National positions listed above. Accordingly please find enclosed the Regulations and Nomination forms.
The Regulations have been produced to ensure compliance with the relevant rule changes agreed at the 2016 CWU Rules Revision Conference which in respect of the CWU Youth Committee are that the size of the Youth Committee has been increased from 10 to 20. This is on the basis of one member coming from the TFS Constituency and one member coming from the Postal Constituency for each of the 10 CWU regions. Additionally all candidates must be aged 29 or under at the time of the election.  
The term of office for the 2016 – 2018 CWU Youth Committee will be from 30th September 2016 to 30th June 2018.
Branches will also wish to note that:
Each candidate needs the nomination of their own branch.

The election is by means of a branch ballot within each respective constituency i.e. branches with members in the Postal Constituency will vote for the 10 Postal members of the committee and branches with members in the TFS Constituency will vote for the ten 10 TFS members.

The Timetable for the election is as follows:
Nominations Open: 1st September 2016

Nominations Close: 15th September 2016

Ballot opens: 16th September 2016

Ballot closes: 30th September 2016

Any enquiries regarding this Letter to Branches should be addressed to the Senior Deputy General Secretary 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 505/16 – Election of National Representative Positions – CWU Youth Committee 2016

Attachment 1 – Election Regulations – CWU Youth Committee 2016

Attachment 2 – Postal Constituency Nomination Form

Attachment 3 – TFS Constituency Nomination Form

Attachment 4 – Candidates Biographical Details & Consent Form

CWU Health & Safety Training Courses Provided by the Education & Training Dept at the CWU E&T Centre Alvescot Lodge 2016/17:

This is to remind Regional Health and Safety Forums and Health and Safety Reps across the Union about the updated, excellent Training Programme for August 2016 – July 2017, provided in-house by the CWU Education and Training Dept who have taken on board Conference Policies in consultation with the Health, Safety & Environment Department.
 
Following on from the Conference decision in Motions 89(2013) and 33(2015) a Health and Safety Refresher Training Course for experienced and trained Health and Safety Reps was successfully introduced and delivered in 2015/16 and that course is being repeated again in the current 2016/17 programme.
 
In respect of Mental Health and part of Motion 37(2015) was to raise awareness, an important factor is raising awareness amongst Health and Safety Reps and Union Reps in general. A Mental Health Awareness Course has been added to the 2016/17 programme and will hopefully become a permanent addition. The course has previously been run in past programmes, but has never been more important.
 
There has been a restructuring of the previous Health and Safety Reps Stage 1, 2 and 3 Courses and the Occupational Health Course. These have been combined and re-badged as the Introduction to Health and Safety Part 1 and Part 2 and Intermediate Health and Safety Part 1 and Part 2. The aim is for the Health and Safety basic and intermediate programme to be completed in one academic year of the programme.
 
In relation to the TUC Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Course which is the advanced training course which follows Basic and Intermediate Training, the Education and Training Dept intend to run one of the courses before the end of the 2016/17 programme year.
 
DATE 2016/17
COURSE
VENUE
     

     

     

AUGUST 1 – 5
INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH & SAFETY PART 1
ALVESCOT
AUGUST 22 – 24
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
ALVESCOT
AUGUST 30 – 2
HEALTH & SAFETY REFRESHER TRAINING
ALVESCOT
OCTOBER 3 – 7 

INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH & SAFETY PART 2
ALVESCOT
OCTOBER 17 – 21 

INTERMEDIATE HEALTH & SAFETY PART 1
ALVESCOT
NOVEMBER 31 – 4 

INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH & SAFETY PART 1
ALVESCOT
NOVEMBER 21 – 25 

INTERMEDIATE HEALTH & SAFETY PART 2
ALVESCOT
JANUARY 23 – 27 

INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH & SAFETY PART 2
ALVESCOT
FEBRUARY 27 – 3 

INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH & SAFETY PART 1
ALVESCOT
MARCH 20 – 24 

INTERMEDIATE HEALTH & SAFETY PART 1
ALVESCOT
APRIL 3 – 7 

INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH & SAFETY PART 2
ALVESCOT
MAY 22 – 26 

INTERMEDIATE HEALTH & SAFETY PART 2
ALVESCOT
JUNE 12 – 16
INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH & SAFETY PART 1
ALVESCOT
JUNE 19 – 23
INTERMEDIATE HEALTH & SAFETY PART 1
ALVESCOT
JULY 24 – 28
INTERMEDIATE HEALTH & SAFETY PART 2
ALVESCOT
 
 
For more information, please contact the E&T Dept:-
CWU/HQ Education and Training Dept: learn@cwu.org Tel: 0208 971 7340

CWU Education and Training Centre Alvescot Lodge: email: mtodd@cwu.org Tel: 01993 843373

 
Yours sincerely
 
Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
 
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LTB 503/16

PTUC Events during September and October 

Anne Frank Trust – Take a Stand

PTUC will be working with the Anne Frank Trust for the last two weeks of September displaying ‘Take A Stand’ exhibition boards in St John The Baptist Church (Cathedral Square). The boards display information about Anne Frank, Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks. The Anne Frank Trust are keen we build community events around this such as meetings, etc. There is a meeting at City College Peterborough at 12 noon on Wednesday August 31 to discuss what events we can build around this with regards to promoting toleration and unity following the Brexit vote and low level racism that has occurred in the city since. Please forward to any community groups you think might be interested in taking part – all welcome at the meeting. We will also be looking for stewards to explain the boards to visitors. Please let me know if you are available to help with this, or know anybody else in your Union branch or wider community who might be interested in helping with this. Full training will be given by the Anne Frank Trust.

Burston Strike School March and Rally

Several people have expressed an interest in going to the Burston Strike School march and rally on September 4 but we are struggling with transport. If you would like to go but don’t have transport or you are going and have space in your car, please let me know ASAP. I can confirm Jeremy Corbyn will be speaking at the event and there will be poetry from Atilla the Stockbroker. More info on the event here: https://burstonstrikeschool.wordpress.com/ 

Townsend Productions Dare Devil Rides to Jarama

A performance of this play commissioned by the International Brigades Memorial Trust and based around two British men fighting at the battle of Jarama in the Spanish Civil War (1936 / 7) is going to be held in Peterborough. More about the story here: http://www.townsendproductions.org.uk/home 

A poster is attached. The performance will start at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19 October at St John the Baptist Church, Chruch Street (Cathedral Square), Peterborough. Tickets cost £10 / £8 (Conc.) and can be obtained by email via peterboroughtuc@gmail.com. Please make sure you get your ticket ASAP and encourage your friends, family and people in your networks to attend too.

REPORTING ON CWU EU REFERENDUM EXPENDITURE 

REPORTING ON CWU EU REFERENDUM EXPENDITURE 
Earlier this year the CWU registered with the Electoral Commission as a Campaigner ‘to Remain’ in the EU Referendum. This was a legal requirement for any organisation campaigning to remain or leave the EU who intended to spend in excess of £10,000 on their campaigns. 
Following CWU Conference, we issued LTB324/16 which explained the activities planned by the CWU and to make branches aware of the legal requirements with which the union had to comply. We stated that any spending by the CWU in campaigning on the EU Referendum would need to be reported by the union centrally to the Electoral Commission. 
We asked branches to contact us in advance of any campaign activities that they wished to undertake, to ensure compliance with the legal restrictions. 
The Union is now required to report to the Electoral Commission, so we would therefore be grateful if branches could forward to the General Secretary’s office details of any branch monies spent on the CWU EU Referendum Campaign. This should include a breakdown of each amount and the exact item (i.e. leaflets, badges, postage etc). 
This information should be submitted to gsoffice@cwu.org by 7th September 2016. 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Dave Ward

General Secretary
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Attachment 1 – LTB 502/16: Reporting on CWU EU Referendum Expenditure

CWU Equality Conferences 2016 #TheCWU

CWU Equality Conferences 2016
The CWU Equality Conferences will be held this year at the Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel, Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6ES on the following dates:
Black Workers Conference – Tuesday 11th October 2016

Disability Conference – Wednesday 12th October 2016

Women’s Conference – Tuesday 8th November 2016

LGBT Conference – Wednesday 9th November 2016

 
Social Event
All those attending the conferences will be invited to a social event and further details will be circulated to delegates nearer the time.
Accommodation
The hotel are holding a number of rooms on a “first come, first serve” basis. The rates are as follows:
Single occupancy charged @ £105, bed and breakfast
This is pre-payable at the time of booking and is non-refundable, non-transferable. Bookings can be made by calling reservations on 0844 815 9012 choosing option 3 “events” and quoting the following references:
 
Black Workers Conference/Disability Conference – Ref ACCO101016
Women’s Conference/LGBT Conference – Ref ACCO071116
 
Crèche
If anyone requires a crèche, could you please email conferences@cwu.org as quickly as possible with details and for what conference in order that arrangements can be made.
Prayer Room
Please email conferences@cwu.org as soon as possible if a delegate requires a prayer room so that arrangements can be made for a quiet room to be made available. Please state the conference that the facility will be required.
Signer Requests
If anyone needs a signer please email conferences@cwu.org as soon as possible stating the conference the delegate will be attending.
Further information will be issued regarding online registration in due course.
Any enquiries regarding this Letter to Branches should be addressed to Angela Niven in the Senior Deputy General Secretary Department by email to conferences@cwu.org
Yours sincerely,
 
 
A P Kearns
Senior Deputy General Secretary
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LTB 501/16 – CWU Equality Conferences 2016

CWU Disability Conference – Wednesday 12th October 2016

CWU Disability Conference – Wednesday 12th October 2016
The CWU Disability Conference will be held on Wednesday 12th October 2016 at the Mercure Leicester, The Grand Hotel, Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6ES
Creche Facilities/Prayer Rooms/Seating
In order that we can cater for any delegate(s) with special needs such as seating, it is important that you advise us in writing of the name of the delegate(s) and the particular requirement by return but no later than Tuesday 22nd September 2016.
Crèche facilities will be available to delegates during the Conference and Branches should advise the SDGS Department in writing, by return, but no later than Tuesday 22nd September 2016 if they require the use of this facility. Please ensure that the names and ages of the children, together with an appropriate address for sending the crèche form to for completion are included in this advice. It will not be possible to provide on the spot facilities to those delegates who have not informed us in advance.
Motions
Each Branch is entitled to submit one motion for consideration to be included on the agenda of the Conference. Motions should be submitted electronically to conferences@cwu.org using the template attached. Branches who do not have this facility may request paper motion forms by contacting Angela Niven on 020 8971 7256.
The Disability Advisory Committee are entitled to submit up to three motions to the conference standing in their name.
Each Regional Equality Committee are entitled to submit one motion to the Disability Conference.
Motion forms must be returned by midnight on Tuesday 22nd September 2016. All sections of the form must be completed.
Branches and the Advisory Committee are reminded that the Standing Orders Committee will not alter or amend any of the motions submitted therefore it is important that motions are checked before they are submitted.
As with previous Equality Conferences, the agenda will be structured in such a way as to maximise debate and participation by delegates. There will be two sections to the agenda, one for motions which are eligible for consideration for submission to General Conference, and one for motions that in the view of the Standing Orders Committee would not be admissible to the General Conference agenda.
Branches will be aware that with the carriage of Composite Rule Amendment 126 at General Conference 2013, the Disability Conference has the entitlement under the rules of the union to submit two motions to stand in the name of the conference to General Conference and one motion to the Postal Group and Telecoms Industry Conferences. It is therefore important that if branches wish their motions to be considered for General Conference they must contain policy that is capable of being discharged by the NEC, as opposed to either of the Industrial Executives.
As with previous Equality Conferences, the motions for submission to the General Conference, Postal Group and Telecoms Industry agenda will be decided from amongst those motions adopted at the Conference. A ballot to select the motions will be held at the Conference and further information will be contained within the conference standing orders.
Please note that all correspondence must be sent to conferences@cwu.org and no other personal email address.
Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to Angela Niven either by post to head office or by email to conferences@cwu.org
Yours sincerely,
 
 
A P Kearns
Senior Deputy General Secretary
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LTB 500/16 – CWU Disability Conference – Wednesday 12th October 2016

Guidance Notes – Disability Conference

Motion Form – Disability Conference

BAME OFFICERS SEMINAR – CANCELLATION

BAME OFFICERS SEMINAR – CANCELLATION

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to inform branches that the BAME Officers Seminar which was scheduled to take place on Monday, 5th September 2016, has now been cancelled.

There has been a very low level of interest expressed, therefore the seminar will no longer be held.

If you have any questions in relation to this LTB please contact the department.
Yours Sincerely,
LINDA ROY
ASSISTANT SECRETARY
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LTB 498/16 – BAME OFFICERS SEMINAR – CANCELLATION