Dying to Work’ Campaign – Motion 57(2016) – British Telecom Positive Response

‘Dying to Work’ Campaign – Motion 57(2016) – British Telecom Positive Response:
To: All Branches
Dear Colleagues,
This is an update report to branches on the ‘Dying to Work’ campaign, further to LTBs 364/16 date 6th June 2016, 260/16 dated 26 April 2016 and 581/15 dated 7 September 2015.
Motion 57 (Health and Safety Section) was accepted at 2016 Conference instructing the NEC to provide regular updates on the ‘Dying to Work Campaign’ and to raise awareness amongst our members in the workplace.
The TUC’s ‘Dying to Work Campaign’ called for all TUC affiliated Unions to support the campaign and to raise the profile of the campaign and to pledge to promote the new campaign which is designed to support those workers fighting for their right to work whilst coming to terms with their terminal illness, seeking to achieve dignity and respect that terminally ill workers deserve. A lot of workers with a terminal diagnosis decide that they want to continue working as long as they can, either because they need the financial security or because they find that their work can be a helpful distraction from their illness. Whichever choice a person makes, they should be able to expect help and support from their employer. Unfortunately the experience of many workers is that their employer is either unsympathetic or puts up barriers to them continuing in work.
Representations have been made to Royal Mail and BT.
LTB 364/16 gave an update report on discussions with Royal Mail Group who had given a positive response, declaring support for the campaign and agreeing to amend their ‘Terminal Illness Guide’ to reflect that support.
This LTB however is an update in relation to the discussions with BT Group who I am also pleased to report have given positive support to our campaign.
See attached letter dated 15 September 2016 from Dr Paul Litchfield OBE OStJ FRCP FFOM BT Group Chief Medical Officer and Director Safety, Health & Wellbeing, confirming BT’s support for the principles of the ‘Dying to Work’ Campaign with the exception of the call for Regulations. 
The key extracts are as follows:-
“We (BT) are very supportive of the principle of treating terminally ill people with particular dignity and respect. I have spent the best part of 40 years encouraging organisations to do that and to give dying people as much control as possible over decisions affecting their employment – not least because in that situation people generally lose control to “the system” over many of the important decisions affecting them. I have dealt with thousands of people facing these issues over the years and the key to me appears to be flexibility. No two people are the same and you can’t predict what people are going to want – some want to remain in employment for as long as possible and others want to make a clean break and put their affairs in order.
I do not recall a single case in BT over the past 15 years where someone who is dying has been forced to take medical retirement and I see every case where a certificate is issued. More often the pressure is to expedite medical retirement with serious ill health commutation where that is appropriate. We have always (at least in my time) given absolute priority to cases of terminal illness and we have recently amended procedures to speed up the decision making process for all MR cases so that at least one worrying uncertainty is minimised. I have no doubt that if this was going wrong your colleagues on the telecommunications side would have let us know and I would expect to have intervened personally.
Medical advances have changed the landscape during my career. Conditions that were essentially a death sentence a generation ago are now sometimes curable or, more often, have a greatly extended prognosis. Defining “terminal illness” has therefore become much more difficult because very many people have extended periods of life with a disease which is likely to kill them eventually and their level of incapacity varies considerably. Even determining whether people satisfy the HMRC rules for serious ill health commutation has become more challenging, though at BT we will always seek to err on the side of benefitting the scheme member (a line the Trustees support)….we are committed to doing the right thing by our dying employees….flexibility is the key to compassionate management of these cases.
Dr Paul Litchfield OBE OStJ FRCP FFOM

BT Group Chief Medical Officer and Director Safety, Health & Wellbeing”
Further updates will be published to Branches and Health and Safety Reps in due course.
Further information:- Dying to work campaign: http://www.dyingtowork.co.uk

Yours sincerely

 
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LTB 631/16 ‘Dying to Work Campaign’

Letter from Dr Paul Litchfield

Auto Level Trolley Withdrawal From Royal Mail Service Following 2016 Christmas Pressure

Auto Level Trolley Withdrawal From Royal Mail Service Following 2016 Christmas Pressure:
To: All Branches
Dear Colleagues,
Royal Mail have been phasing out the Auto-Level Trolley for some time, replacing it with the Mini-York Container and ALP Sleeve. Royal Mail has decided that the formal, final withdrawal of all remaining units will take place after the 2016 Christmas Pressure period.
4000 additional new Mini-York Containers are being put into service in preparation for Christmas but this may not be enough. Therefore the remaining numbers of ALTs which are currently in offices awaiting removal and disposal may be pressed back into service for the Christmas Pressure period only as long as the condition of them is both safe and fit for purpose. As soon as the Christmas pressure is over they will be withdrawn and there will then follow a concerted effort to remove remaining Units for final disposal.
Yours sincerely
Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
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Attachment 1 – LTB628/16 Auto Level Trolley Withdrawal From Royal Mail Service Following 2016 Christmas Pressur

Attachment 2 – Doc1

Royal Mail Managerial Structure – Professionalising Collections

Royal Mail Managerial Structure – Professionalising Collections
 
Dear Colleagues,
 
We became aware that Royal Mail had made announcements regarding their managerial structure for Collections, under the banner/project of ‘Professionalising Collections’.
 
As a result clarity was sought from Royal Mail on the detail of the initiative and any potential impact to CWU Members and Representatives who undertake Collection activity across a number of different functions.
 
The business response is that this is purely a managerial driven change linked to their structures which will involve moving to a new structure of three Regional and thirty geographic areas, arranged around Mail Centre catchment areas and aligned to Delivery sectors. It has been confirmed that there will be no changes to where current CWU members are tagged or perform their collection work. In addition they have confirmed there will be no changes to the current IR interfaces within the Collections functions.
 
Attached to this LTB is a copy of the WTLL briefing that has been shared with us. At the present time we are evaluating the changes to understand whether the information supplied requires further consideration or discussion.
 
As such if Branches or Representatives have any comments then it would be appreciated if these could be fed back to the relevant CWU Department as soon as possible, so that any necessary representations can be made at the next Collections Joint Working Group Meeting.
 
Any enquiries to Bob Gibson’s Office, quoting reference 532
Email address: outdoorsecretary@cwu.org
 
Any enquiries to Davie Robertson’s department, quoting reference 711.03
Email address: dwyatt@cwu.org or shayman@cwu.org
 
Yours Sincerely,
 
 
Davie Robertson Mark Baulch
Assistant Secretary A/Assistant Secretary 
Email Attachments – Click to download
LTB 625/16 – Royal Mail Managerial Structure – Professionalising Collections

Attachment 1 – WTLL Professionalising Collections

POST OFFICE: NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL ACTION – MONDAY 31ST OCTOBER – THE FUTURE OF THE POST OFFICE, JOB SECURITY AND PENSIONS – FURTHER UPDATE

POST OFFICE: NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL ACTION – MONDAY 31ST OCTOBER – THE FUTURE OF THE POST OFFICE, JOB SECURITY AND PENSIONS – FURTHER UPDATE
Dear Colleagues
Further to LTB 624 dated 21st October.
Branches and members will be aware that further strike action will take place on Monday 31st October. Accordingly, we are today serving formal notice on the Post Office for a one day 24 hour strike covering all duties across the whole of our Post Office membership commencing on or after 03.00am on Monday 31st October and before 02.59am on Tuesday 1st November.
Members’ Conference Call – Tuesday 25th October from 7pm – 8pm
A conference call for all of our members employed by the Post Office (facilitated by a co-ordinator) will take place on Tuesday 25th October from 7pm for an hour. A question and answer session will follow an introduction by Andy Furey. The dial-in details are as follows:
Telephone number (UK Freefone) 0800 012 1327
Passcode 205 549#
We will be using all of our communication channels including social media, emails and text messaging to encourage our members employed in the Post Office to take strike action. In this regard a bulletin has been sent to members’ home addresses today emphasising why support for the strike is necessary. A further LTB will also be published in due course regarding activities designed to gain press and media coverage on the strike day.
All Branches are urged to do everything possible to ensure our members support this important strike.
Further developments will be reported.
Yours sincerely
 
 
Andy Furey Terry Pullinger Dave Ward
Assistant Secretary Deputy General Secretary (Postal) General Secretary
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LTB627/16 Post Office: National Industrial Action – Monday 31st October – The Future of the Post Office, Job Security and Pensions – Further Update

Department of Work and Pensions – Non-Executive HSE Board Member Appointment – Employee Representative Seat

Department of Work and Pensions – Non-Executive HSE Board Member Appointment – Employee Representative Seat
To: All Branches
Dear Colleagues,
As reported in LTB 571/2016, dated 28 September 2016, The Tory government announced that they had appointed an employer to represent workers on the HSE Board which has three places reserved for non-executive members representing employees/workers and three places reserved for employers’ representatives.
This appalling decision and blatant abuse of rules, that are there to ensure a fair balance between workers and bosses, outraged every UK Trade Union and was seen as a further attack on the ability of trade unions to protect the health and safety of working people.
The background to this is that the government commissioned Lord Robens Committee report of June 1972, made recommendations to the UK Government of the day which were endorsed and enacted in the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974, which in turn established the Health and Safety Executive enforcement body and its controlling board. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 Section 10(2), Schedule 2, entitled ‘Establishment of the Executive’, it states that the board (initially the Commission) should be a “Tripartite” body consisting
of a Chairman, 3 members from employers, 3 members from employee/workers and up to 4 others from organisations such as local authorities and professional bodies. It also stated that appointments would be subject to consultation.
Parliamentary debates of the day back in 1972/74 recorded that in the first place there will be consultation with the C.B.I., the T.U.C., local authorities and others concerned about how best to achieve the Robens objectives and that the role of the trade unions and consultation was to be greatly strengthened.
All of these HSE Board appointments however are qualified in the Act as follows “as he (the Minister) considers appropriate.”
Last month the CWU along with the TUC and other Trade Unions publicly condemned the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)’s decision to appoint an employer who holds several directorships and is a retired CEO, to one of the non-executive HSE board member seats, reserved for employee/worker representatives. The CWU, TUC and other Unions argued strongly that the principle of an equal voice for employers and workers is enshrined in the Health and Safety at Work Act, in order to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of working people.
This matter was also the subject of an emergency motion to TUC Congress in September, reported in detail in LTB 571/2016 and supported by the CWU Delegation.
The CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department, along with other Trade Unions, led by the TUC made strong representations against this decision at the highest level of government, to Ministers, MPs, DWP Officials and the HSE Chair and CEO.
I am pleased to report that on Friday a letter was received by the TUC from the DWP Secretary of State, Damian Green MP, confirming that the matter had been reviewed and the previous appointment cancelled. The HSE board member seat, reserved for employee/worker representatives will be re-advertised for a new non-executive member to represent the interests of employees/workers on the HSE Board and that the TUC will be consulted by DWP in due course regarding the recruitment process.
It is appreciated that throughout this argument, the Trade Unions position has been supported by the HSE chair, Martyn Temple, and by other members of the HSE Board.
The TUC has thanked the CWU for its pro-active involvement and campaigning and those other Unions who have participated in strongly lobbying the government and others on this issue.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
Email Attachments – Click to download
LTB 626/16 – Department of Work and Pensions – Non-Executive HSE Board Member Appointment – Employee Representative Seat

Attachment 1: Letter dated 29 September to Penny Mordaunt Health & Safety Minister

Attachment 2: Letter dated 29 September to Martin Temple HSE Chair

Attachment 3: Reply From the DWP dated 12 October

Attachment 4: Reply to DWP dated 14 October

Processing Report20th October 2016

Processing Report20th October 2016

 

Industrial Relations Framework

The CWU have grave concerns on the business approach to the industrial relations framework agreements. The business is abusing the element of seek HR advice written into the conduct code and attendance procedures. Royal Mail have appointed specialist HR advisors for management to seek advice for attendance and conduct matters. It has become apparent that these nameless/faceless advisors are virtually conducting the cases for the managers by the way cases (black and white; the rule is the rule; the law is the law stance) are being concluded. This takes away the personal relationship between the member, manager and representative which is not in the spirit of our agreements. Recent examples of both conduct and attendance cases have been issued with results that would not have happened a couple of years ago. Below is a cut and pasted report by Tom Oakey the Area Delivery Rep from the CWU Eastern No6 Branch which highlights a similar situation within their branch which has resulted in official industrial action taken by the Luton and Leagrave Delivery Office. At the time of writing this report I can say a resolution to this dispute has been made and that part of the resolution is management will adhere to the IR framework and keep within the spirit of our agreements.

 

Luton/Leagrave Industrial Action Ballot/Dispute

Luton and Leagrave delivery units are both based in the Luton site, Leagrave delivery unit was moved to the Luton Delivery office in early 2015. The units are run separately with a different management and CWU personal. The move was challenged due to space constraints both in the existing Luton unit and the operational yard. However after numerous meetings and assurances that minimum space standards were met, solutions to vehicle congestion, and assurances that the space constraints would be reflected within the tools and allowances made for this with regards to expected efficiencies the move was eventually ratified. On transfer to the new Luton office Leagrave implemented its delivery method revision which they were not able to implement at its last site due to having only 6 van spaces for at 40 van shares. The revision has never worked and Royal Mail has consistently in the view of the CWU locally, area and divisionally failed to meet its promises and obligations under national agreements to work with the CWU to resolve these problems. To compound this the Luton Delivery office has never completed its PIR (Post Implementation Review) and again management have not worked with the CWU who at all times have been willing and available to work with management at levels of the organisation.

 

With this chaotic approach and total disregard to local and national agreements we have found ourselves in place were cost have spiralled and management did not have the experience or want to negotiate with the union, or believed this to be costly. So instead mid-August Royal Mail management adopted an approach of managing the unit by fear of conduct. This started with a line manager who had been removed from the Leagrave management team due to his performance returning w/c 15th August when no Leagrave rep was present and was a given specific role to start conducting coding OPG across both units. The breaches of conduct were trivial, the approach was straight to formal, the approach then and now has been inconsistent and at times the approach contradicted itself as management would advise one thing to one member of staff and tell others not to do the same thing or risk conduct for not completing. We were tipped off by a reliable source that the timing was not a coincident and Royal Mail management deliberately held off until Martin Steel Leagrave Rep and Deputy ADR was on annual leave for 2 weeks.

 

The initial situation was handled by the Luton deputy rep Andrew Stock, who did himself and the members proud in tackling management and representing CWU members, to extent he was finding management having conversation with members without CWU representation being made available, management advising OPG to accept penalties of 2 years serious or risking the matter being passed up to potential dismissal. The matter was escalated when on the 18th August 2 Leagrave members were removed from delivery, the charge has changed on numerous occasions but the crux is Royal Mail management are of the view not backed up by traffic or agreements these 2 individuals were not doing enough work, they believed this was a deliberate act by these 2 individuals and the 2 would face conduct and potential dismissal.

The following week a Luton OPG was suspended for threatening and abusive behaviour despite 6 witnesses that Royal Mail called not agreeing that this individual was either abusive or threatening, he was suspended and left at home for 6 weeks and has only recently come back to work, but at the moment this is in another office. This incident started as result of management deliberately isolating one member of staff who nobody in the office was allowed to speak.

 

I am sure you will all appreciate that the fine exact details cannot be shared as these cases are ongoing. These are not the only cases there are now dozens of cases started in the units. The membership in conjunction with the branch were quick to request Industrial action ballot, due to the threat of dismissal of our members and the misapplication of the conduct agreement, the branch worked at pace to validate the membership and agreed a short timeframe for the ballot of 1 week this commenced with the ballot papers arriving at our members homes on 6th October, with the result announced on the 13th October. The result was Leagrave 95% in favour on 75% return and Luton 92% on 68% return.

 

With the threat of Industrial Action and the strong ballot result, discussions have and continue to take place with CWU divisional reps and members of Royal Mail East directorship team. At present the positions are miles apart. Royal Mail feel as they are no longer looking to dismiss at present we should withdraw the ballot, many have been put on serious warnings. Although a significant part of why are members wanted and backed industrial action was in relation to the individuals who faced dismissal, they realise that this has impacted on everybody in the office; the fear of dismissal has become widespread. The membership want answers to why agreements have been ignored and who instructed these agreements to be ignored.

 

The postal executive have endorsed industrial action for Wednesday 19th and 26th October. Further updates will be given at the regional meeting and notice has been served for 19th October industrial action.

 

Tom Oakey

Eastern No6 Area Delivery Rep

 

Processing Duty Structure

The recent vacant specialist duties exercise created vacant early shift CSS duties which are now advertised for picking.

 

Christmas 2016

The Christmas pressure overtime preference sheets have been sent out to processing and collection staff with their annual leave pick forms. The book room have sent the overtime preference sheets in bulk to deliveries, distribution, revenue, print site and the admin functions for staff to volunteer for overtime. Management have asked us again to emphasise their concerns on the amount of overtime blow outs during Christmas pressure over the last two Christmases. Overtime blow outs do put the operation at risk and is something that needs to be addressed. A clear message will be on the overtime preference exercise going out to staff highlighting this issue and because the overtime staff volunteer for will be guaranteed, asking staff to only volunteer for the overtime they will perform.

 

Annual Leave Agreement 2017/18

The annual leave pick forms have been sent out with an accompany letter which refers to: “Failure to select at least 5 weeks leave (entitlement permitting) will result in leave being allocated once the pick exercise has been completed” Although the CWU fully support the need for as much annual leave as possible to be allocated for the resourcing forecast this is an unagreed inclusion in the letter. The EWTD and local annual leave agreement state a minimum of 4 full weeks should be taken as leave. It would be helpful for the resource plans if members of staff picked all their leave in this one exercise but if that is not possible and if members have their 5th and 6th week allocated to them at a date that is not appropriate then the advice would be to cancel it and rebook it for a date that is appropriate. It is also worth noting that staff who do qualify for 6 weeks’ annual leave can use two of those weeks as odd days.

Parcel Sort Machine

No further information.

 

EJ Orviss

Area Processing Representative

Area.processing@cwue5.org

Date 20th October 2016

Servest

Servest
 
Today we received proposals from Servest in regard to the reduction of cleaning hours in POL (in all crown offices) which will affect our cleaning members pay, hours, terms and conditions.
 
We have requested an urgent meeting with Servest management to examine their proposals thoroughly, this will be taking place shortly. POL have told Servest that they want a reduction in cleaning services in all Post Office Branches. No agreement to this has been given. Branches will be kept informed of any developments in relation to the ongoing discussions.
 
We would ask Branches to make contact with their members who may be affected in order to re assure them that this issue is being dealt with at National Level.
 
Any enquiries to Bob Gibson’s Office, quoting reference 120.12
Email address: outdoorsecretary@cwu.org
 
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
 
Mark Baulch  
CWU A/Assistant Secretary
 
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LTB 623.16 – Servest

POST OFFICE: NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL ACTION – MONDAY 31ST OCTOBER – THE FUTURE OF THE POST OFFICE, JOB SECURITY AND PENSIONS – UPDATE

POST OFFICE: NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL ACTION – MONDAY 31ST OCTOBER – THE FUTURE OF THE POST OFFICE, JOB SECURITY AND PENSIONS – UPDATE
 
Dear Colleagues
Further to LTB 618 dated 20th October.
Branches and members will be aware the Postal Executive has authorised further strike action which will take place on Monday 31st October. The Post Office is destroying this great industry and we need to gain maximum support from our members to show the Post Office we will not stand by and watch this happen – we must fight back.
Video to Members Urging them to Support the Strike
A link to a video of Andy Furey, Assistant Secretary explaining the reasons behind the strike and the need for all members to support the action on 31st October can be accessed by using either of the following links:

The above links have been sent to all Post Office members that we hold private email addresses for.
Press Release and Media Coverage
Following the publication of our press release yesterday (attached to this LTB for your information) we received significant press and media coverage of the strike action planned for 31st October, including TV news, radio, and newspaper / online articles, including a comprehensive piece in the Financial Times, which is attached for your information.
ACAS
The Post Office issued a press release in response to ours (also attached to this LTB) which included the following statement:
“We are disappointed that CWU is again talking about strikes when we continue to try to reach a constructive way forward through talks at Acas”
This is the second time the Post Office has stated it is trying to find a way forward via talks at ACAS (the first was on 12th October following the decision of the Trustee to allow the Post Office to go ahead with the closure of the DB pension scheme). We totally refute this position. We have NOT received an invitation from the Post Office to meet at ACAS and there are no further talks planned as the previous meetings ended with no meaningful progress due to the fact the Post Office has refused to budge from its dogmatic position.
Early Day Motion – EDM 571
Kelvin Hopkins, Labour MP for Luton North, has kindly tabled the following EDM, which after just a single day has been signed by 13 MPs:
That this House is extremely concerned about announcements made by the Post Office in 2016 which will mean the closure of more than 60 of its flagship branches, the loss of around 2,000 jobs and the closure of its defined benefit pension scheme; notes that these are the latest in a series of significant cost-cutting measures undertaken by the Post Office following its separation from Royal Mail and a reduction in government funding of 60 per cent in five years; believes that the commitment from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in 2010 to make the Post Office a genuine Front Office for Government to help secure its future has failed; further believes that the Post Office is at crisis point and cannot survive without a robust strategy for growing new revenues, such as the establishment of a Post Bank; further notes that the Government is due to commence talks with the Post Office on its future business plan and funding for 2018 and beyond; and calls on the Government to bring together key stakeholders and industry experts to develop a strategy to safeguard the future of the Post Office as a matter of urgency.
The EDM can be accessed via the following link: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2016-17/571
All Branches are urged to write to their MPs and encourage them to sign EDM 571 – we need to quickly get as many signatures as possible to ensure the widest political attention. Please see the attached model letter which you may wish to use to assist you in this regard.
Membership Meetings
If Branches are calling membership meetings and require the support of Postal Executive Members at these events, please contact lsheridan@cwu.org to make arrangements.
 
Further developments will be reported.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Dave Ward
General Secretary
Terry Pullinger
Deputy General Secretary (Postal)
Andy Furey
Assistant Secretary
 
Email Attachments – Click to download
LTB 624/16 – POST OFFICE: NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL ACTION – MONDAY 31ST OCTOBER – THE FUTURE OF THE POST OFFICE, JOB SECURITY AND PENSIONS – UPDATE

Attachment 1 to LTB624-16 CWU Press Release

Attachment 2 to LTB624-16 – FT Article

Attachment 3 to LTB624-16 Post Ofice Press Release

Attachment 4 to LTB 624-16 – Model letter for EDM 571 October 2016

STROKE’ – Are You at Risk of a Stroke? – 6 Questions Everyone Needs to Answer! 

STROKE’ – Are You at Risk of a Stroke? – 6 Questions Everyone Needs to Answer! 

To: All Branches
 
Dear Colleagues,
Whilst its often thought that strokes are more common in older people, the age of people suffering from them is in fact declining. According to The Stroke Association, the number of strokes in people aged between 20 and 64 years of age grew by a quarter from 2000 to 2014. The increase in stroke rates among younger men and women is worrying and needs to be taken seriously warn the British Heart Foundation.
What’s to blame?

The Stroke Association attributes this ticking timebomb to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diets. But they’re not the only factors. Although there’s an increase in sedentary activity and obesity levels now, it is only part of this complex picture.
‘Non-modifiable’ risks – what you can’t change

One part of this picture is ‘non-modifiable’ risks: that is, certain stroke-risk factors you have no control over such as having a family history of strokes, being older, and being from a certain ethnic group – South Asian, African and Caribbean people are more at risk of higher blood pressure, and therefore of stroke. Atrial fibrillation (AF), an abnormal heart rhythm where the heart beats irregular and often fast. AF becomes more common as we get older and increases the risk of having a stroke. Also if you have established cardiovascular disease elsewhere (coronary heart disease or peripheral arterial disease in your legs) this can increase the risk of a stroke.”
What you can change
Thankfully, there are also ‘modifiable’ risks, things you can change or manage in a bid to ward off the danger of stroke. These include:-
Smoking,

high blood pressure,

high blood cholesterol,

physical inactivity,

being overweight or obese,

having diabetes.

So, to change what you can before it’s too late, here’s what you need to be asking yourself:
Are you too fat?

Most people are away that being overweight can contribute to stroke risk, but the actual figures are alarming. A few years ago, studies from the university medical school in Naples, Italy, showed people who were overweight were 22% more likely to suffer a stroke than people of normal weight, while obese people were 64% more likely to suffer one. Stroke risk was 24% greater for obese people.
Are you smoking?

Smoking can significantly increase your risk of stroke by increasing blood pressure and reducing oxygen in the blood. In fact, a smoker with high blood pressure is 15 times more likely to have a subarachnoid haemorrhage (a stroke caused by a bleed) than those who’ve never smoked or don’t have high blood pressure.
Are you drinking?

Some experts say drinking too much alcohol (six or more standard drinks per day) increases your risk of stroke due to the simple fact that it raises your blood pressure (yes, even if you’re drinking ‘to relax’).
Are you eating too much salt?

If we all cut 1g of salt from our average daily meals, there would be 6,000 fewer deaths from stroke and heart attacks in the UK each year. Experts say that cutting down salt is the best way to reduce your chances of having a stroke. You will not find a simpler and easier method of reducing your chances of stroke than eliminating salt.
Are you sleeping too much?

We’re often told too little sleep is bad for your health, and poor sleep is linked to everything from heart disease, diabetes and obesity to depression and Alzheimer’s. But actually, too much sleep can have an adverse effect too. Recent research by the University of Cambridge showed people who got an average of eight hours sleep had a 46% higher than average risk of having a stroke.
Are you unaware of your blood pressure?

A recent survey showed 96% of people knew high blood pressure increased the risk of stroke, but 46% didn’t know what theirs was. The solution is simple: see your GP and get a test.
Two different types of stroke

There are actually two types of stroke – ischaemic and haemorrhagic.
Most strokes (ischaemic strokes) are caused when a blood clot blocks an artery carrying blood to your brain. The blood clots occur due to a furring up of the arteries by fatty deposits – this process is called atherosclerosis. This is the same process as what happens in a heart attack.
Other types of strokes can happen as a result of blood vessel bursting causing a bleed on the brain – called a haemorrhagic stroke. These types of strokes don’t necessarily share the same risk factors as ischaemic strokes – however high blood pressure can increase the risk.
‘Act FAST’ campaign 

The ‘Act FAST’ campaign urges people to Act FAST if they notice any of the following symptoms, even if they disappear within a short space of time:
Face: has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?

Arms: can they raise both their arms and keep them there?

Speech: is their speech slurred? If they notice any of these symptoms it is

Time: time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs.

This year’s campaign will also target African and Caribbean and South Asian communities, as findings reveal they are 2 times as likely to be at a risk of stroke.

Previous ‘Act FAST’ campaigns have been successful at showing just how important it is that we continue to raise awareness of the symptoms of stroke. Highlighting the importance of treating mini strokes with the same urgency as strokes can also make a huge difference: around 10,000 strokes could be prevented annually if mini strokes were treated in time. That’s why the ‘Act FAST’ campaign encourages people experiencing stroke-like symptoms to call 999.
Far too many people dismiss their early warning signs of stroke and delay calling 999. Stroke is a medical emergency and getting the right treatment fast can save lives.
Through this latest campaign we hope as many people as possible know how to ‘Act FAST’ and help reduce the devastating impact a stroke can have.
Additional symptoms of stroke and mini stroke include:
sudden loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes

sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body

sudden memory loss or confusion

sudden dizziness, unsteadiness or a sudden fall, especially with any of the other symptoms.

A mini stroke is also known as a transient ischaemic attack (TIA). It is caused by a temporary disruption in the blood supply to part of the brain.
A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke.
The ‘Stroke Association’ is a charity that believes in life after stroke and together aims to conquer stroke. The Charity works directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. They campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. The Charity funds research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke.
The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at the stroke association website.
Public Health England exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. It does this through world-class science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and the delivery of specialist public health services. PHE is an operationally autonomous executive agency of the Department of Health. Website: http://www.gov.uk/phe. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PublicHealthEngland Telephone: 020 7654 8023 / 8329
The CWU encourages members to “Act FAST” if they experience stroke symptoms or see someone else, friend, colleagues or family members experiencing stroke symptoms – Don’t Delay – every second counts! 
REMEMBER: The “Act FAST” campaign urges people to act if they notice any of the following symptoms, even if they do not last for long:
Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?

Arms – can they raise both their arms and keep them there?

Speech – is their speech slurred? If they notice any of these symptoms it is…

Time – time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs

Additional symptoms of stroke and mini-stroke can include:
Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes

Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body

Sudden memory loss or confusion

Sudden dizziness, unsteadiness or a sudden fall, especially with any of the other symptoms

The Stroke Association, says that too many people dismissed the early warning signs of stroke. Stroke is a medical emergency and getting the right treatment fast can save lives. Through this latest campaign it’s hoped as many people as possible know how to act Fast and help reduce the devastating impact a stroke can have.”
Watch the ” Act FAST animation – Every minute counts” video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc9OF64H4sE
The Stroke Association and Public Health England’s “Act FAST” campaign aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of stroke and to encourage people who recognise any one of these symptoms, in themselves or others, to call 999.

Attachments:
FAST Poster Man

FAST Poster Woman

 
Contact:
Stroke Association
Stroke Association House,
240 City Road,
London EC1V 2PR.
Call our helpline 0303 3033 100
Website: https://www.stroke.org.uk/

Yours sincerely
 
Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
 
Email Attachments – Click to download
LTB 620/16 ‘STROKE’ – Are You at Risk of a Stroke? – 6 Questions Everyone Needs to Answer!

Attachment 1: FAST Women

Attachment 2: FAST Man

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