Election of National Representative Positions – Vacant Positions (2016)

Election of National Representative Positions – Vacant Positions (2016)

The NEC has agreed the election arrangements for the filling of the vacant positions for the above National Representatives. Accordingly please find enclosed the regulations, nomination forms & consent forms for these elections.
The details of the vacant positions are as follows:
Postal Constituency
North East Region
Wales Region
London Region
Telecoms & Financial Services Constituency
North West Region
Scotland Region
The Timetable for the above elections is as follows:
Nominations open: 1st November 2016

Nominations close: 15th November 2016 (14:00)
Despatch ballot papers: 18th November 2016 
Ballot closes: 2nd December 2016 (14:00)
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,
Email Attachments – Click to download
LTB 641/16 – Election of National Representative Positions – Vacant Positions (2016) – CWU Youth Committee

CWU Youth Committee – Election Regulations

Nomination Form – Postal Constituency

Nomination Form – TFS Constituency

Biographical Details & Consent Form


Thursday 24 November at 19:30 – 21:30

Venue: Centre 68, Westgate Church, Westgate, Peterborough 
Speakers on:

The Housing Crisis (Axe the Housing Act – TBC)

St Michael’s Gate (TBC)
The Crisis in the NHS (Jo Rust, UNISON – TBC)

The Junior Doctors (TBC)
Trade Unions & Young Members (Steven Warwick, SERTUC Young Members – TBC)
If you would like a campaign stall at this meeting please contact peterboroughtuc@gmail.com. This is an open meeting and anybody can attend so please advertise far and wide and encourage people to attend. More information will be posted on the PTUC Facebook page and website.  

Newsletter of Wisbech, March & District TUC Issue 32 October 2016

News in brief appendix to Workers Herald 32

SERTUC Women’s Rights Committee

White Ribbon Day: Let’s end violence against women and girls Friday 25 November 6pm Congress House with speakers: James Chespy White Ribbon Campaign, Hilary Burrage campaigner, Diana Holland Unite AGS followed by a glass of wine! Please register at sertuc@tuc.org.uk

SERTUC TU Education

• For Union reps courses and H&S reps courses from January 2017, see https://www.tuceducation.org.uk/index.php

• Any queries? Contact rhancock@tuc.org.uk

Harlow trades council

Fundraiser for Refugee Treatment Centre, film show plus Q&A with director Wednesday 2 November doors open 7.20pm. 07449 444 770 harlowtradescouncil@gmail.comhttps://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1131908703522888&set=gm.1403459586334996&type=3&theater

Chelmsford trades council

Banner Theatre with “Chicago: the great teachers’ strike” Monday 28 November 7pm £10/£5. More from acoburn@blueyonder.co.uk

Gender matters in international peacemaking

Saturday 19 November 11am London. Speakers Laila Alodaat WILPF, Kirsten Campbell Goldsmiths Uni, Lisa Gormley LSE, Sarah Ogbay Uni of Manchester. Info herehttp://www.womensgrid.org.uk/groups/?p=4564

NPC lobby Wednesday 2 November

Lobby of parliament Wednesday 2 November 12 noon plus rally in parliament info@npcuk.org

Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign

• Trade union briefing on Wednesday 2 November 5.30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trade-union-briefing-tickets-28221202376?utm_term=eventurl_text

• Briefing on Nicaraguan elections (6 November) http://www.nicaraguasc.org.uk/news/article/202/nicaraguan-elections:-why-combatting-poverty-is-a-decisive-factor

Royal Mail Launch Smartphone and Technology Schemes

Royal Mail Launch Smartphone and Technology Schemes
Attached for your information is a copy of a letter from the business to be sent to all Royal Mail employees relating to the launch of two new products as part of My Bundle – the company’s flexible benefits package launched earlier this year.
From 1 November 2016, Royal Mail plan to trial two new products to be provided by Let’s Connect:
Smartphone – a choice of Apple or Android phones for colleagues who are not in receipt of a company provided mobile phone; and

Technology – a choice of laptops and tablets from various brands.

The company say that My Bundle products are designed to save colleagues income tax (where possible) and National Insurance (without affecting other Royal Mail benefits) and will not affect employees’ pensionable pay, overtime or bonus.
Royal Mail’s letter, which is due to land with employees on 26th October, sets out how the two products will work and how employees can choose the new benefits, together with a list of Frequently Asked Questions and a contact Helpline number.
However, CWU members should be clear that My Bundle and the products associated with it are a Royal Mail initiative and the union has had no involvement in their design or implementation. Whether colleagues choose to take up any of these flexible benefits is ultimately a matter for each individual employee but the union would advise initial caution with My Bundle products – in terms of relying too much on the employer. There may also be issues about My Bundle benefits in relation to employees who might lose their job, cut their hours or are made redundant.
From a union perspective, the Bundle that means most to our members is their job, pay and pensions and it is those that we need to focus on and maintain going forward.
Any enquiries relating to this issue should be addressed to the DGSP Department.
Yours sincerely
Terry Pullinger
Deputy General Secretary (Postal)
Email Attachments – Click to download
LTB 630/16 – Royal Mail Launch Smartphone and Technology Schemes

Attachment 1 – LTB 630.16 – RMG_gadget Letter_20161010_V4



The department were recently made aware from the field of a change in the Quadrant tariff, which unusually we had not received any prior notification of from the business. 
We have now clarified the position with the business and they have provided us with details of the tariff changes that have recently taken place. 
Branches should note that the Union does not set or endorse the change in tariff.
Colleagues will be aware that Quadrant has not increased their tariff since February 2014. The attached outlines that they have introduced a 2% increase based on overall sales mix, in order to reduce impact on the number of lines increased and that the tariff process has been used to align main meal dishes into easily identifiable price points for customers. 
They have also pointed out that prices on meal bundle offers have been held. 
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: 312.01
Yours sincerely
Davie Robertson
Assistant Secretary
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Slow Manoeuvring Extended Trial in Delivery

Slow Manoeuvring Extended Trial in Delivery 

Branches will recall the slow manoeuvring trial agreed back in September 2015, together with the Terms of Reference contained in LTB 597/15 relating to the issue.


It has come to the attention of the department that an extension of this trial has recently been introduced without agreement into a number of offices.


By way of background to the extension of the existing trial, Branches should be aware that Royal Mail took a unilateral decision to disband the National Joint Road Safety Working Group (NJRSWG), at a time when it was due to review the outputs of the slow manoeuvring trial. The business wrote to the department informing us they had now formed a new group wide forum named, ‘The Road Safety Taskforce’ (RST), extending an invite to the Officer of the department to attend a meeting. The department responded to the business informing them of the nominees from the outdoor department (Alan Tate and Bobby Weatherall), who would be attending any future meetings, and at the same time questioning what had happened to the NJRSWG. It seemed that all road safety issues and Royal Mail lead managers had been subsumed into the RST group leaving no avenue where outstanding trial reviews could be addressed outside of this forum.


For various reasons, including no invites, cancelled meetings etc, the new RST did not meet until the 5th of October 2016. The department voiced a number of concerns and raised a number of issues relating to Road Transport issues. From this meeting a new strand group of the RST is being established in the form of a strategic involvement group. This group will deal with new trials, reviews, initiatives and agreements.


With regard to the extended slow manoeuvring trial, whilst not originally having the opportunity to input into the extension of the trial, we feel that it would be wrong in ignoring the importance and relevance of the trial due to the safety measures it may bring in safeguarding our members with regard to on site Road Traffic Accidents. Therefore, rather than preventing the trial from continuing, we are prepared to accept the trial as it is, and on the same conditions as contained in the Terms of Reference as agreed on 15th September 2015 (see attached).


Below are the offices that are currently on track to conclude the trial by the end of October 2016, along with those that are off track and not in a position to conclude by the end of October.

 On Track




Melton Mowbray





Offices off Track


Eltham & Lee







Any enquiries to Bob Gibson’s Office, quoting reference 230

Email address: outdoorsecretary@cwu.org



Yours sincerely




Mark Baulch​

CWU A/Assistant Secretary

CWU Digital Photography 2016 competition

CWU Digital Photography 2016 competition
Dear Colleagues,
It is with great pleasure that we announce the shortlist for this year’s CWU Digital Photography Competition. This year’s categories are:
• In Search of Space

• Love

• The Wild Side of Life

• The Spirit of Activism
“As before, it has been a difficult challenge to whittle the numbers down to a final twelve,” said Trish Lavelle, Head of Education & Training. “The judges selected on the basis of those which best and most imaginatively fitted the category title, as well as the overall composition of the image. There were some wonderful images that we were unable to include in the final twelve. Thank you to everyone who made the effort to share their images with us.”
We are now asking CWU members to pick the winner. Please go to http://www.cwu.org/leftclick to vote for your favourite.
The competition has consistently attracted a high standard of entries, with the 2014 winner – postman David Gibbon from Durham – going on to reach the finals of the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
Last year’s winner was Paul Fine of Plymouth Mail Centre, whose captivating image of an elderly woman lighting up a cigarette in a Borneo marketplace became the first entry to be selected for the top prize by a national poll of members visiting an online gallery of the shortlisted entries.
This year the same mass-voting mechanism will be used to select the overall winner of the 2016 competition, and it is hoped that over the coming months even more members will sign up to the CWU’s ‘No Nonsense Guide to Digital Photography’, which was launched last year and which is accessible on http://www.cwu.org/leftclick.
Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to Simon Massen by email to learn@cwu.org 
Yours sincerely,


Head of Education & Training
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LTB 636/16 – CWU Digital Photography 2016 competition

Developing Our Vision Policy

Developing Our Vision Policy
Further to LTB 524/16, please find attached the business’s response to the union’s call for more meaningful and focused negotiations on the direction of the employer, its commitment to the spirit and intent of our agreements and the union’s progressive agenda determined by the CWU Policy Forum.
The CWU have made it clear, in the strongest terms, that we believe the absence of a consensus vision for the future, the attack on the pension promise and the very serious declining workplace environment (as management intensify the pressure on our members to drive budget savings) has to be addressed as a matter of urgency and we are pleased that the response from the business recognises the need to engage.
In many ways their response is predictable but I believe it does establish the key components for entering into genuine negotiation on our Policy Forum document and the policies carried, insomuch as the business accept we need to begin more formal negotiations and have no ‘in-principle’ problem dealing with CWU policy in future talks. We are meeting with the business on the 26th October to determine the structure for these talks.
Of course management will have their issues that they wish to progress but the union is seeking to design a negotiating structure to try and develop consensus and/or draw out the key differences between us. We have made it absolutely clear that the proposed negotiating structure aims to advance the Policy Forum Decisions and not substitute or retard current functional/Departmental talks already taking place. We have therefore broken down the Policy Forum Decisions into the following Negotiating Groups: Culture (More Human); Current Agreements; Resourcing; Pensions; Pipeline (Future Design); Pay, Terms & Conditions/Shorter Working Week; and Vision/Charter.
Each of the Negotiating Groups will be led by at least two Officers from a CWU perspective, along with their chosen negotiating teams, and the Postal Executive has already determined the protocol required for reporting and final decision-making to ensure a joined up approach across the whole range of our policies.
We imagine these talks evolving and accept this is very much a start point, with other policies (via existing commitments or Annual Conference motions) having to be factored in as the talks develop.
Our aim in these talks is to secure another long term agreement that will give our members the assurances and security required to ensure our continued cooperation with a rapidly changing future while affording industrial stability going forward.
In respect of communication with Representatives and members, it is very important to position this progress in the context of the Policy Forum document and the motions and amendments carried. To that end we have attached copies of both for ease of reference.
Yours sincerely,
Terry Pullinger
Deputy General Secretary (Postal)
Email Attachments – Click to download
LTB 629/16 – Developing Our Vision Policy

Attachment 1 – LTB 629/16 – Developing Our Vision Policy

Attachment 2 – LTB 629/16 – Developing Our Vision Policy

Attachment 3 – LTB 629/16 – Developing Our Vision Policy

CWU Women’s Conference – Tuesday 8th November 2016 #TheCWU

CWU Women’s Conference – Tuesday 8th November 2016
Branches would wish to know that the agenda for the forthcoming CWU Women’s Conference being held in Leicester on Tuesday 8th November 2016 has now been published on the website and can be accessed using the link below:
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
Email Attachments – Click to download
LTB 632/16 – CWU Women’s Conference – Tuesday 8th November 2016

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