FINAL REMINDER – Ken McKenzie Award for Lifelong Learning 2016

FINAL REMINDER – Ken McKenzie Award for Lifelong Learning 2016
Branches will be aware of the policy adopted at General Conference 2010 to present the “Ken McKenzie Award for Lifelong Learning” which is presented to a ULR (Union Learning Representative) or group of ULRs who have made a significant contribution to lifelong learning within the CWU. The award is presented each year at our CWU ULR National Networking Event. This year will follow tradition and be part of the agenda at this year’s event scheduled to be held at St. James’ Park, Newcastle over two days on the 16th and 17th November 2016. 

Last year the accolade was awarded to Darren Rowbotham (Western Counties) and as usual we received a good number of nominations of a very high quality. Darren and George White (Mount Pleasant Branch) went on to receive awards from the TUC this year.
I am now inviting applications from Branches for the 2016 Annual Ken McKenzie award for lifelong learning. The award will be made in recognition of exceptional achievements and contributions to lifelong learning by a CWU ULR or a group of CWU ULRs. Nominations can be made by Branches, Regional Learning Committees or Regional Committees by completing the attached nomination form.
Completed nominations should include a detailed précis of the nominated ULR or group of ULRs endeavours and achievements and be sent to:
Michelle Simpson, Education and Training Department, CWU, 150 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1RX or email learn@cwu.org

The closing date for nominations will be FRIDAY 7TH OCTOBER 2016.
Any queries relating to this LTB should be addressed to me via the Education and Training Department at learn@cwu.org

Yours sincerely,
 
TRISH LAVELLE

HEAD OF EDUCATION & TRAINING
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LTB 569/16 – FINAL REMINDER – Ken McKenzie Award for Lifelong Learning 2016

CWU Disability Conference – Wednesday 12th October 2016

CWU Disability Conference – Wednesday 12th October 2016
Branches would wish to know that the agenda for the forthcoming CWU Disability Conference being held in Leicester on Wednesday 12th October 2016 has now been published on the website and can be accessed using the link below:

Click to access disability-agenda-2016.pdf


Hard copies of the agenda will be sent to Branch addresses of everyone that has registered using the online registration system.
Credential cards for delegates/visitors and voting cards for this conference will be issued on the morning of the conference at registration.  
Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to Angela Niven by telephoning 020 8971 7256 or 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 568/16 – CWU Disability Conference

Disability Agenda Pad

Terms of Reference between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union on the National Extension of the Telephone Accident Reporting Process within the Regional Logistics MGV (7.5t) Fleet

 
Terms of Reference between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union on the National Extension of the Telephone Accident Reporting Process within the Regional Logistics MGV (7.5t) Fleet
Branches will be aware that a revised process for the reporting of Road Traffic Accidents by telephone, using the PDA, was trialed and subsequently agreed for deployment to all drivers in Delivery Offices, including Collection Drivers using a PDA. The revised process was communicated via LTB 714/15 issued by Bob Gibson, Assistant Secretary, in November 2015.
The procedure was designed to enhance the processes for reporting accidents to improve the quality of the information provided, with the aim of assisting Royal Mail in dealing with 3rd Party claims. To achieve this aim, drivers are encouraged to report accidents directly to Lex Autolease by telephone from the scene of the accident, or as soon after as it is safe and practical to do so, which we stress remains entirely at the discretion of the driver.  
At the time the deployment of the process was restricted to vehicles where drivers used PDA’s, as the CWU position was that drivers should not be expected to use their own phones to make calls.
The business have now requested that the agreed process be extended to drivers of Logistics, MGV 7.5t vehicles, which are fitted with the Microlise Telemetry Units that include a telephone capability. The department has therefore concluded discussions on the extension of the process to the MGV Fleet.
The revised process retains all of the safeguards included in the original agreement and participation by our members remains voluntary.
In light of the fact that the Microlise equipment and telephone are an integral fixture in the vehicle, the revised document includes the following paragraph, which recognises that any calls would have to be made from the vehicle and ensures that drivers are not put at risk when making a call:
We now propose to extend these arrangements further to include all drivers of 7.5t vehicles that have Microlise equipment fitted. This equipment has a telephone facility to enable the drivers to call Lex Autolease in line with the agreed process. Drivers will not be expected to make calls from their own telephone and therefore, as these calls will be made from the cab, it is imperative that they are only undertaken in circumstances where the vehicle remains safe and secure, that access is uninhibited and that the vehicle is parked and is not causing an obstruction. In this regard drivers must fully comply with any advice from Police or emergency services attending the accident.
In all other regards the processes remain identical to the existing agreement. 
The revised agreement to enable this activity is attached as Attachment 1 for the information of Branches and representatives. In addition the following supplementary documentation is also included:
Attachment 2 – WTLL RTC Reporting Changes

Attachment 3 – Advice and Guidance at the Scene of an Accident 7.5t

Attachment 4 – Call LEX from Drive Tab 7.5t

Attachment 5 – Process Chart for RTA Telephone Reporting Process 7.5t

The process for Logistics MGV 7.5t drivers will come into effect from Monday, 3rd October 2016.
Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to Davie Robertson, Assistant Secretary, email: dwyatt@cwu.org or shayman@cwu.org quoting reference number: 202.11
 
Yours sincerely
 
Davie Robertson

Assistant Secretary
Email Attachments – Click to download
LTB 565/16 – Terms of Reference between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union on the National Extension of the Telephone Accident Reporting Process

Attachment 1 – TOR Extension of Telephone Reporting Process to Logistics 7.5t Fleet 23.09.16

Attachment 2 – WTLL RTC Reporting Changes

Attachment 3 – Advice and Guidance at the Scene of an Accident 7.5t

Attachment 4 – Call Lex from Drive Tab 7.5T

Attachment 5 – Process Chart for RTA Telephone Reporting Process 7.5t

CWU Black Workers Conference – Tuesday 11th October 2016

CWU Black Workers Conference – Tuesday 11th October 2016
Branches would wish to know that the agenda for the forthcoming CWU Black Workers Conference being held in Leicester on Tuesday 11th October 2016 has now been published on the website and can be accessed using the link below:

Click to access black-workers-agenda-2016.pdf


Hard copies of the agenda will be sent to Branch addresses of everyone that has registered using the online registration system.
Credential cards for delegates/visitors and voting cards for this conference will be issued on the morning of the conference at registration.  
Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to Angela Niven by telephoning 020 8971 7256 or 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 567/16 – CWU Black Workers Conference – Tuesday 11th October 2016

Black Workers Conference Agenda Pad

University of Salford/ONECPD – Third Annual – Future of Health and Safety Conference – 17th November 2016, Manchester:

The Health, Safety & Environment Department have been advised by the University of Salford about their upcoming Health and Safety Conference which is taking place17th November at Adelphi House in Manchester.
This is the third Annual Health and Safety Conference and Exhibition organised by the University of Salford and the event has a variety of expert speakers from across public, private, Trade Union and charity sectors making presentations. These include Shaun Davis, outgoing Royal Mail Group Director of Safety, Health and Wellbeing.
A wide number of topics will be covered on the day, and delegates can expect speakers to discuss challenges, successes and case studies around the interest areas as follows:-
The 2016 launched new 5-year HSE Strategy “Help Great Britain Work Well” focuses on six key strategic themes: the importance of highlighting and tackling the cost of work-related ill health; wider recognition of the business benefits of proportionate approaches to risk; simple guidance to help SMEs manage their health and safety responsibilities; ‘design-in’ effective risk management of new technology; promoting Britain’s health and safety approach worldwide.

In 2013/14 workplace injury and illness cost the UK £14.3 billion, with the majority of the financial burden falling on the individual, followed by the government and the employer. This huge cost can be reduced through more effective health and safety practices.

The 2016 HSE “Help Great Britain Work Well” strategy highlights the need to maintain the advancements made in safety practices, whilst focusing on giving health the same priority.

Further Information From:-
Eleanor Leach

Salford Professional Development

Adelphi House,

University of Salford,

Salford M3 6EN

Tel: 0161 295 0115

Email: eleanor@onecpd.co.uk
Agenda
09:00  
Registration & Refreshments  
10:00  
Opening Remarks from Chair
Carole Conroy, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health, University of Salford
10:05  
Philip White, Chief Inspector of Construction, Health and Safety Executive  
‘Future priorities for the health and safety system in GB’
· An overview of the revised strategy for the health & safety system in GB  
· Realising the value of a world-class health and safety system  
10:50  
Shaun Davis, Group Director of Safety, Health and Wellbeing, Royal Mail Group  
· Achieving Improvement through Employee Engagement  
· Tools and techniques to engage and communicate with the workforce on health & Safety  
· Health and Wellbeing in the workplace  
11:15  
Refreshments & Networking Break  
11:35  
Tracey Ayton Harding, Head of Health and Safety (National Officer) – UNISON
· Innovation in securing, health and safety for the workplace during austerity  
· Good health and safety management makes good business sense  
· Trade union engagement is key to improving and maintaining standards  
12:00  
Becky Lee, Health, Safety & Wellbeing Manager, Staffordshire County Council
· Occupational health in the workplace  
· The Power of Wellbeing  
· 3 Key Ingredients to a Successful Wellbeing Strategy  
12:25  
Case Study
12:50  
Case Study
13:15  
Lunch & Networking  
14:15  
Case Study
14:40  
Case Study
15:05  
Steve Sumner, Health and Safety Teaching Fellow, University of Salford  
· Why manage H&S  
· What’s driving contracting out  
· How to procure safety, what to consider specify select monitor  
15:30  
Refreshments & Comfort break  
15:40  
Peter Kelly, Psychologist, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work  
· Discuss the psychosocial Risk campaign of EU OSHA  
· How psycho social issues remain important area for EU  
· Future direction of psycho social issues in a European context  
16:05  
Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing – Mind  
· Encouraging employers to produce an effective mental health strategy in the workplace  
· The skills required for a changing working environment  
· Overcoming the stigma to provide a supportive working culture  
16:30  
Closing Remarks from Chair
Carole Conroy, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health, University of Salford
16:35  
Close of Conference
Bookings are made online at:- http://onecpd-booking.salford.ac.uk/#/code/TC001204
The cost of the Conference is £225 plus VAT.
Yours sincerely
Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
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Attachment 1 – LTB566/16 University of Salford/ONECPD – Third Annual – Future of Health and Safety Conference

EU REFERENDUM – CWU POSITION POST BREXIT 

EU REFERENDUM – CWU POSITION POST BREXIT 
Following the decision to leave the European Union, the NEC has discussed how the political and economic consequences of Brexit may impact upon CWU members and all working people.  
This is an ongoing debate and one which the trade union movement needs to be at the very forefront of if we are to influence future negotiations. The NEC, in respecting the decision of the Referendum, believes that the primary focus of the labour movement must be to unite around the core issues that affect our members’ everyday lives; from the world of work, to housing, living standards and health and public services. 
As part of this debate, the TUC Executive recently produced a paper entitled “Working people must not pay the price for the vote to leave”. The CWU NEC endorsed the general direction of this document and accepted that it was a valuable contribution to the ongoing debate. 
In addition, at the 2016 TUC Congress in Brighton last week, Composite Motion 1 detailed the post-Brexit policies which were adopted by the TUC in their campaign to protect and defend workers’ rights. The CWU formed part of the composite motion having submitted an amendment instructing the General Council to also protect pensioners’ rights by fighting to retain the ‘triple lock’ on the state pension. 
A crucial area the NEC agreed to focus on as part of our post-Brexit position, is to counter the unacceptable rise in race-related crimes and abuse which appear to be directly linked to the referendum campaign. The issue of immigration featured highly in the EU leave campaign – and it is the negative way this was portrayed which many believe has now lead to the upsurge in cases of hate crime. 
The threats and abuse have not been limited to EU nationals living in the UK but also towards non-EU nationals and British-born Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people. Figures indicate that within a month of the referendum there had been more than 6,000 reports of hate crime made to the police. There have also been more serious incidents of violence which have recently been reported in the media. 
We have received a number of reports from CWU representatives of unacceptable comments being made in some of our own workplaces and the union is taking all necessary steps to investigate these matters and if required take appropriate action. 
In discussing this issue, the NEC has agreed we must again make clear to our branches, reps and members that the CWU will not, under any circumstances, tolerate any form of racial abuse, harassment or race-hate incidents against our members. To strengthen the union’s position, we have attached a workplace notice setting out CWU values and we would ask branches to immediately distribute this to all representatives and all workplaces. 
Additionally, the TUC has also issued information to support union reps combat racist abuse in the workplace and this is attached for your information. 
Finally, branches should continue to publicise details of the CWU Bullying and Harassment helpline number 0800 090 2303 http://www.cwu.org/departments-services/equal-opportunities/bullying-harassment/ – and contact the Equal Opportunities Department equalopportunities@cwu.org to advise of any specific incidents you would wish to report to us for our information or further investigation. 
Any enquires on this LTB should be addressed to the General Secretary’s Office at gsoffice@cwu.org. 
Yours sincerely,
 
Dave Ward

General Secretary
Email Attachments – Click to download
ATTACHMENT 1 – LTB 563/16 – EU REFERENDUM – CWU POSITION POST BREXIT

ATTACHMENT 2 – WORKING PEOPLE MUST NOT PAY THE PRICE (TUC)

ATTACHMENT 3 – COMBATTING RACIST ABUSE (TUC)

ATTACHMENT 4 – CWU ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

Dog Attacks – Daily Mirror and Independent Articles 1st August 2016 – Advice by Dr Roger Mugford, Animal Psychologist On ‘How Posties Should Avoid Dog Attacks’

Dog Attacks – Daily Mirror and Independent Articles 1st August 2016 – Advice by Dr Roger Mugford, Animal Psychologist On ‘How Posties Should Avoid Dog Attacks’:
To: All Branches
Dear Colleagues,
The Health, Safety & Environment Department has received a number of enquiries from CWU Representatives and members in relation to an article on Dog Attacks which appeared in the National and Local press e.g. Daily Mirror on 31st July and the Independent 1st August followed by Local and Regional press and on line coverage over the last several weeks.
The article contained advice by Dr. Roger Mugford, an animal psychologist, who said that “the best thing for posties to do was befriend the dogs and keep them happy by always carrying a bag of treats. Then once a post man befriends a dog, they will be friends for life.”
Before going further, I think it is safe to say that Dr. Mugford has never been a Postman to our knowledge. 
In relation to the uninvited and unwanted advice he offers our members, both the CWU and Royal Mail do not subscribe to or support his suggestion or advice to Postmen and Women – that they should attempt to befriend all the dogs on their round in order to avoid attacks! We do not believe that such an approach would either be safe in many cases or would universally succeed. 
Additionally, Dr. Mugford’s advice is not advice or an approach that in our experience has been suggested by other dog psychologists or animal experts and dog welfare charities, many of whom have been involved in working with the CWU and Royal Mail during the course of the “Bite-Back” Campaign or during the joint RM/CWU annual Dog Awareness weeks. 
It is a simplistic, wishful thinking idea that bears no resemblance to reality out on the streets, performing a postal delivery round when our members don’t have the luxury or the time to attempt it or, as happens in most cases, they don’t have the chance to even think about it and our Delivery members cannot, in most cases, foresee dog attacks coming and finally of course don’t have the time or luxury of attempting to befriend dogs during the course of performing their deliveries. It would in many cases be inadvisable to even attempt befriending many of the aggressive uncontrolled dogs that launch unprovoked and unexpected attacks on Postmen and Women and of course, some customers don’t want their dogs befriending visitors. 
The biggest mistake Dr. Mugford makes is that the problem our members face is ‘on the other end of the lead’. The problem is irresponsible owners not controlling their dogs. Owners who don’t want their dogs befriending the Postman or Woman or anyone else coming near their property. The message is keep out and keep away in many cases. These Owners fail to train and socialise their dogs, isolating them and mistreating them in some cases and not understanding dogs’ territorial and pack nature. The initiative in ‘socialisation’ which is what Dr. Mugford is aiming at has come from the owner in the first instance – that’s where responsibility lies.
The CWU has no problem with dogs or dog ownership. It’s a good thing. But with dog ownership goes responsibility and compliance with the law of the land.
Most dogs and their owners (Royal Mail customers) are not a problem at all. However, there is a significant and sizable minority that is a big problem, causing 3,000 to 4,000 Dog Attacks a year and since the CWU achieved the change in the Dangerous Dogs Act Law, we are at last seeing many of these people prosecuted, taken to court and paying the penalty for the crimes of irresponsibility that have seen thousands of our members attacked, terrorised, badly injured and left with disabilities year on year.
The jointly agreed CWU and Royal Mail advice to Postal delivery staff is what we stick by and what is supported by many, many experts from many organisations. That is a zero tolerance, no risk approach, backed up by the revised Dangerous Dogs Act Law that the CWU campaign achieved with firm enforcement by the Police and the Courts. Alongside which we continue to raise awareness amongst the public and our membership and encourage responsible dog ownership and customers working with us to take basic sensible precautions to avoid dogs attacking Postal workers and of course Telecom workers also.
A copy of the offending press article is attached.
Yours sincerely
Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
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Attachment 1 – LTB562/16 Dog Attacks – Daily Mirror and Independent Articles

Attachment 2 – doc1.docx

UNITY TRUST BANK CHARGING STRUCTURE 

UNITY TRUST BANK CHARGING STRUCTURE 
We have been informed Unity Trust Bank have undertaken a review of their charging structure and will be introducing new changes from the end of September 2016.
Up until this point Unity Trust Bank charged the CWU one global figure as a commission charge and this has always been paid directly by CWU HQ. This covered the administration arrangements for all bank accounts used by the CWU regardless of their location. That is to say the admin charge covered all accounts whether they were HQ, Branch, Regional, etc.
Going forward Unity will be charging a reduced commission charge but will introduce a bank charge for each individual account, £25.00 per account.
The NEC has decided that the total cost of the commission fee and all of the account charges will be met by CWU HQ. However this is done on the basis that we pay for the number of bank accounts we currently have.
Branches should be aware that from 1st October 2016 onwards any new accounts that a Branch wishes to open for whatever reason will attract a charge of £25.00 per account and that all such new account charges will need to be met by the Branch opening the account.
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
Email Attachments – Click to download
LTB 561/16 – Unity Trust Bank Charging Structure

Slips, Trips, Falls & Severe Weather: Royal Mail Group/CWU Action and Activity Week 26th – 30th September 2016. (Next Week)

Slips, Trips, Falls & Severe Weather: Royal Mail Group/CWU Action and Activity Week 26th – 30th September 2016. (Next Week):
To: All Branches
Dear Colleagues,
Please see attached for your attention, Royal Mail Group safety briefing materials for the above action/activity week.
The focus of next week will be slips, trips and falls to our members and preparation for severe weather during the winter months.
Whilst notice of the activity week to CWU/HQ and hence the despatch of this LTB is very short for which RMG apologise, we are aware that Area Health and Safety Representatives have been engaged by RMG Regional SHE Advisors in order to support the forthcoming action week’s activities.
Managers will be required to:- 

• Deliver a WTLL;

• Display a Poster;

• Complete their Severe Weather Preparation lists and actions; 

• Review their WRAP controls and 

• Complete SMAT/Observations.
The Health, Safety and Environment Department fully supports the initiative and it is agreed that ASRs and WSRs will be fully involved and consulted with their input taken into account.
Please support this action week and activities, not only next week, which is the start of preparations but going forward over the coming winter also where ongoing engagement will be important.
Please support as best you can and where your diary allows by helping the Managers complete the activities and by advising our members on how to minimise their risks.
An ASR activity sheet has been produced by RMG with suggested ways that you can do this.
ASRs will be required to:-
Ask Staff:

• Have they seen and understood the WTLL and Poster issued for this Severe Weather/STF Week?

• Is their WRAP/Duty info up to date with all STF/Weather hazards?

• Are they comfortable with the personal precautions to take for:

• Snow / Ice

• Fog

• Rain

• High Temperatures
Ask front line managers:

• What Severe Weather/STF Week activities have they completed so far?

• Have they delivered the WTLL to staff for severe weather/STF?

• How many STF accidents have they had in the last 12 months?

• To share the Severe Weather Preparation Checklist and discuss the plans in place.

• Has a Yard Risk Assessment been completed as per Severe Weather prep list and SHE Calendar task?

• Have 3 SMATS/Observations been completed or planned—Indoor, Outdoor and Yard?

• Observe:

• Severe Weather materials (grit, spikeys etc.)

• Walk Logs/SSOW’s documentation
Ensure you record your Safety Inspections using the agreed local process.
For those with access to the SHE Knowledge Database intranet page, there is more information at this link: Link
Other materials are also attached. See listed below.
Attachments:-

1 Severe Weather & STF Week Slip, Trip and Fall Focus

2) Slips Trips and Falls Poster

3) Tasks for Area Safety Reps

4) Tasks for Operational Front Line Managers
Yours sincerely
Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
 
 
Email Attachments – Click to download
Attachment 1 – LTB560/16 Slip, Trips, Falls & Severe Weather Activity Week 26th – 30th September 2016

Attachment 2 – Severe Weather & STF Week Slip, Trip and Fall Focus

Attachment 3 – Slips Trips and Falls Poster

Attachment 4 – Tasks for Area Safety Reps

Attachment 5 – Tasks for Operational Front Line Managers

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